The need for a wearable camera strategy

Wearables with cameras present unique challenges for product design and manufacturing. In addition to the challenges faced by other kinds of moving cameras, wearable cameras need to provide high-quality images using very-wide-angle lenses, typically with no user intervention or assistance.

Unpredictable motion and ultra-wide lenses are among the unique challenges of designing wearable cameras

In addition to the challenge of providing high-quality images with very-wide-angle lenses, wearable cameras have to handle unique scene challenges that include controlling flare from extreme back lighting and judder from unpredictable motion. Users expect output video to feature smooth panning despite jerky or sporadic motion. In the case of AR/VR headset cameras, multiple cameras need to be calibrated and evaluated for their 3D performance, and often must have their output fused with output from other sensors on the device.

DXOMARK Solutions and Services

We’ve helped dozens of mobile device and camera makers test and tune their products for well over a decade. We have worked with makers of 180-degree, 360-degree, and AR/VR devices, and understand their unique challenges. Specific ways we can assist you with your project include:

Consulting and Benchmarking: We can help your team with its camera architecture and product design choices, as well as with creating vendor specifications, performance goals, and milestones. During the development process, in addition to progress reports, we can provide you with camera module benchmarks specific to wearables to help you select components with the right specifications to achieve your desired results. Learn more. 

Analyzer: We also offer Analyzer, a complete hardware and software lab and measurement solution. You can use Analyzer for component-level and system-level measurements, and particularly to evaluate camera performance for  color, texture, and contrast under HDR and low-light conditions. Good stabilization is a key component in meeting users’ expectations of having smooth playback, and Analyzer’s in-depth video analysis includes assessing automatic white balance, automatic exposure, noise, flare, and stabilization under challenging lighting scenarios simulated by our Automated Lighting System. Wearables need to also perform well in wide-angle shots to avoid distortions and have coherent and uniform performance all across the field; Analyzer not only helps you evaluate these image quality attributes, but can also perform multi-camera parallax testing to ensure better device calibration. Learn more.