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App note: Flash for “Selfies”

Posted on Sunday, June 18th, 2017 in app notes by DP

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Effective front facing camera flash discussed in this white paper from Lumileds. Link here (PDF)

Smartphones are ubiquitous in everybody’s daily lives, a trend that shows no sign of slowing. A key component of the smartphone is the camera, which has gained market share over Digital Still Cameras due to its convenience.

As the demand for smartphone cameras increases, sensor makers are continuously working to improve the resolution and while 20MPix capability gained in importance for the main camera of the smartphone, the resolution race has begun for the front camera. With the rise in popularity of “selfies” and the 5 to 8 Mpix resolution for the front camera, it is not surprising that camera flash is starting to be more readily implemented for front cameras also. However, to make a successful front flash that captures an ideal “selfie,” there are certain illuminance requirements and shorter flash pulses that are recommended.

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One Response to “App note: Flash for “Selfies””

  1. Max says:

    “The maximum user distance will define how much flux is needed from the flash. For instance, for the front facing
    camera, the user distance will be about arm length, or about 0.5m.” – Welcome to 2017, the “selfie” sticks would like to say hello…

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