Recently launched on Kickstarter, Arsenal is an AI photography assistant that looks at a scene and scans thousands of photos, then refines camera settings based on those results in order to produce “the best” photo.  To do so, it analyzes 18 different factors, takes into account the camera and lens being used by the photographer, and customizes settings based on the strengths and weaknesses of the equipment.

The technology comes in the form of a small piece of hardware—which works with most DSLR and mirrorless cameras—that can be placed on your cameras hot shoe mount. It’s operated using a smartphone app while some of the main features include optimizing basic exposure settings for minimal noise, choosing a focus position of a scene to maximize sharpness, optimized stacking for both RAW and .JPG, simplifying timelapses using a preview mode, creating smooth day to night transitions, and more.

Essentially, Arsenal is designed to help both beginners and seasoned photographers capture the perfect picture in any situation whether that be tricky lighting or a long exposure photo.

As news of the product spread, it’s received mixed reactions. Some responded positively, saying it allows photographers to focus more heavily on the artistry of an image, rather than the technical side of things. On the other hand, some are criticizing Arsenal for basically being the same thing as setting your camera to automatic rather than manual. They dislike that the technology would remove the critical thinking it takes to capture a great photo, removing the need to be aware of how a camera works and what the settings actually do.

[the above video shows timelapses shot using Arsenal]

“The photographer in me hates this attempt at commoditization of the photographic process. The technologist in me is quite frankly impressed,” wrote one Reddit user.

“I thought the joy of photography was to find the settings yourself,” wrote another.

Currently, Arsenal has received over $600K in funding on Kickstarter, largely surpassing its $50K goal. Let us know your thoughts on this technology in the comments!