Vivo's "Super HDR" uses AI for better snapshots

Vivo has been hard at work trying to push the envelope when it comes to smartphone features. From the in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo X20 Plus UD, or the pop up camera on the Vivo Apex concept phone (which is coming to market after all), Vivo is among the few manufacturers that are now influential in deciding what will be on the next-gen crop of Android powered smartphones.

The company is also working on improving smartphone photography thanks to its new "Super HDR" platform. Unlike regular HDR, which merges 3 to 5 images of the same photo at different exposure settings in order to produce the "best" picture, "Super HDR" uses AI in the process. This enables it to crunch the data from 12 images (with an Exposure Value up to 14) taken with one tap of the shutter button. 

Vivo states that "Super HDR" offers five advantages over the HDR technology now found on most handsets. These include:

  • Highly adaptable: With a wider dynamic range of 14EV, Super HDR can ensure perfect shots in a broader range of lighting scenarios, even in adverse ones. This results in image that shows the details of the rock, grass, mountains and clouds despite the back lit, high contrast scenario.
  • Accurate and smart exposure selection: At up to 12 frames, Super HDR has more lighting options for its smart frame selecting strategies to correctly expose all parts of the photo. This retains the natural contrast that is key to accent the features of this photo.
  • Intelligent identification: AI-powered scene detection means that each part of the photo can be identified and isolated for processing to insure even complex photos are perfected. The AI can perfectly identify and expose the unique shapes of these rocks, moss, waves and clouds in this shot.
  • Natural looking results: Super HDR produces more natural tones by reorganizing and optimizing the highlights and shadow portions of the scene when merging the frames and ensures the photo naturally matches the original scene as seen by human eye. This shows the couple clearly and naturally despite sun and umbrella creating such complex lighting.
  • Perfectly lit portraits: Super HDR prioritizes the best lighting for the person in the photo and adjusts the background exposure to produce an optimal and natural portrait. Optimizing the lighting for the girl and creating complimentary lighting of the sky and flowers help accentuate her in the photo for a perfectly lit portrait.

We could see "Super HDR" debut with the Vivo Apex, which is expected to undergo mass production starting in the middle of this year.

source: Vivo



1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Great! Would be a good start to start offering Vivo smartphones in the west along with OnePlus phones.

2. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Well done Vivo! Innovation is always welcome! VIVO Apex has really some cool features. I hope they release it worldwide.

3. gamehead unregistered

I want this phone!!!

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6826; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Really digging the pop up camera concept - nice to have some privacy built into a phone at the hardware level.

5. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I have to say thay Vivo is certainly catching people by surprise with their innovative models. They're making great strides to becoming a brand to look out for. Looking forward to the Apex coming to market, it's quite the interesting device.

6. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Would be interesting to port this to other phones and see how it behaves

7. Poptart2828

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Vivo makes great products. Will be buying that Apex phone when available. Unless the xplay 7 is announced.

8. crzykiller33

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Modded Google Camera allows the HDR+ to use up to 54 images... 12 images is nothing compared to that.

10. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Yeah except who has it and 54 images is pretty much overkill. Link?

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

54 images but only 14 EV levels is pretty much useless.. And I'm sure you'll need a tripod since it will be impossible to keep your hand steady while waiting your phone to capture 54 images and then process it.

9. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

I guess waiting a while might reward in something incredible...

11. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

These guys get it. This is a step beyond what Google is already doing. The results look absolutely gorgeous assuming these were actually taken on a phone with said software at work. The Google camera port already does wonders for any phone it's installed on. This is the kind of stuff I want to see.

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Okay, I'll wait for DxO or camera comparison :-/

14. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Isn't this exactly the same as what the S9 does? The S9 takes 12 images splits them into 3 sets of 4 then merges them into 1 using AI. I may be wrong but it sounds the same.

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