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Racist Cameras?

by James Denison / December 28, 2013 2:31 AM PST

I wonder if they have one that lets you know if the person is too short or tall to be in the picture? "please to rearrange people". I would find this feature irritating even NOT being Asian. Arent' these cameras made in Asia?! I remember doing sports pictures for local high school and the biggest problem I had was balancing the lighting in pictures involving both white and black athletes. Either the whites were washed out, or the blacks were just dark blobs for faces. Eventually I realized even in daylight I needed to use a flash and adjust the light setting for it. I could just see a balance message popping up from the camera "Are white and black people in same picture? Please separate" or maybe more helpful "use flash for mixed group".

This is first I heard of such a camera, doing this. What think? More help than needed for the occassional photographer?


"As if hearing all the hackneyed stereotypical jokes about Asians having small, squinty, slanted eyes weren't enough, now there are "intelligent" cameras to remind us about it, too. As TIME magazine reports, minority customers have become disgruntled at certain face-detection cameras, which have unintentionally shown a strong bias toward Caucasian facial features.

One of the deemed "racist" cameras is the Nikon Coolpix, which is designed to warn the picture-taker when someone blinks in a photo. These cameras are programmed with complex algorithms that track certain features in a person's face. Due to technological limitations, these cameras are sometimes unable to distinguish between half-blinks and naturally narrow eyes, which results in a message on the screen—"Did someone blink?""

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Wow, "racist" home webcams too!
by James Denison / December 28, 2013 2:41 AM PST
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they focus and track white faces, but can't see the black person right in front of them to track.


How to correct for it? Adjust gamma setting? Wear white dew rags when at the computer?
I imagine it could be distressing to blacks who just bought that new computer and it ignores them.

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(NT) I think some use IR now. That fixes it.
by Steven Haninger / December 28, 2013 3:17 AM PST
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I'm curious if security cameras
by James Denison / December 28, 2013 4:14 AM PST

do the same ignore thing with black people? or anyone all dressed in black with black face mask?

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