Thanks for the detailed response...
Ok, I totally agree the exposure handling should be benificial.
I also would admit that my statement 'technically they are doing the same thing' is clumsy and vauge, although I never claimed the 'implementations' were the same.
As for the resolution issue, I also agree with you that they are digitally cropping the 1080p to 720p in enhanced mode, however...
If they are digitally cropping in enhanced mode, what do you think they are doing in standard mode?
Perhaps you don't consider transsizing compression, but in the case when u go from higher to lower resolution its effect is the same: irreversibly reducing the size of the byte stream
That's what I meant by the "same".
No doubt the area of interest looks better in dropcam enhanced mode than standard mode.
What I am trying to say is the only reason it looks better is because you don't have access to the whole 1080p sensor. If you did the magic wand would lose its magic.
You said that the VQIPS is really about 'modest bandwidth/storage savings from modest quality losses'
But when you look at the reason the dropcam is digitally transsizing from 1080 to 720, its for the same reason, to save bandwidth, god knows its not for quality!
Maybe all mfrs should make their sensors bigger than their stream, so they can say "these go to eleven!"
If we were both given identical Ferraris but yours had a governer that limited its speed to 2/3 of its actual top speed, but had a big red button that you could hit twice an hour to give you a five minute boost to top speed, would you reckon yourself better off than me?
Do you see at all what I'm saying, or am I not making any sense?