New “Computational Zoom” tech creates impossible perspectives.

Whoa. This new technique from researchers at NVIDIA and UCSB can mix wide-angle and telephoto perspective into single frames. As PetaPixel explains,

First, you need to shoot a “stack” of photos with a fixed focal length. Starting from a distance, you move closer to your subject with each new shot. […]

The framework allows you to split up a scene based on depth, and assign a different focal length perspective to each of those depths. You can make the foreground look like it was shot with a telephoto lens and the background look like you used a wide-angle one. 

Watch it in action (and skip ahead ~2 minutes to get to the wow stuff):



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