It’s a little hot shoe device called Arsenal ($150 see Kickstarter campaign), and it somehow manages to manage those sub-menu technical intricacies of all those manual setting adjustments on your DSLR that can transform your home on the range photos into some stunning shots worthy of the utmost brags on Instagram.
Hey, if this thing does what it claims, it will shake the photography market to a point where you might not need to hire a wedding photographer or steal some images off of Google.
Arsenal is a sensor that mounts onto your camera’s hot shoe and communicates with it’s very own app on your smartphone. In a nutshell:
- Compares current scene with thousands of past images using a convolutional deep neural network. (The same algorithm used in self driving cars)
- Optimizes settings based on 18 different factors
- Avoids settings that produce weak images on your specific camera and lens
- Uses image recognition to identify subject-specific needs (e.g. fast shutter for birds)
- Shows safe ranges for each setting based on situational constraints (e.g. vibration)
- Gives you the ability to change the settings you care about most
I hope you got all that, but we’ll just have to wait and see once it drops.