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Digital cameras and the ability to make your own pro looking pictures and videos are always changing, adding new features and improving old ones.
The technologies appearing in today’s cameras were initially discovered several years ago, perhaps even for a different purpose, before becoming part of the mainstream camera world. Here are some of the most interesting and promising changes coming to digital camera technology in the near future.
Cameras of the future may no longer require a shutter button. Instead, photographers could wink or use a voice command to tell the camera to record an image. It could work similarly to a hands-free cell phone, where you can issue commands without the need to push a button.
The camera might be built into a person’s glasses (“smart” glasses like Google Glass are already starting to appear on the market) or another everyday item. With the camera built into a pair of glasses, aiming it would be easy, too. (Yes, I know what you’re thinking, everyone can now become a spy!)
An ultra-compact camera is generally defined as one that measures one inch or less in thickness. Such small cameras are great because they easily fit in your pocket or purse.
The camera of the future could redefine “ultra-compact,” though. Manufacturers could create cameras that are 0.5 inches in thickness. They could maybe even have smaller dimensions than today’s cameras.
This prediction makes some sense, as digital cameras from a decade ago were much larger than today’s smaller models, and the high-tech components inside digital cameras continue to shrink. As more cameras incorporate touch screens, their size could be determined by the size of their display screens, eliminating all other controls and buttons, much like a smartphone.
Photography is a visual medium, but the camera of the future may add the sense of smell.
Photographs that can stimulate senses other than vision are an interesting idea. For example, a photographer could command the camera to record the smell of the scene, embedding it with the visual image it captured. The ability to add smells to images would need to be optional, though. Adding smells to a photograph of food or a field of flowers would be great, but adding smells to photographs of the monkey house at the zoo might not be desirable.
Rechargeable batteries in today’s digital cameras are as powerful as they’ve ever been, allowing at least a few hundred photographs per charge. But, what if you could charge the camera automatically as you’re using it, without the need to be plugged into an electrical outlet?
The camera of the future could incorporate some sort of solar energy cell, allowing the battery to either operate only from solar power or allowing it to charge the battery using the solar cell.
Some questions need to be answered first, such as how much the solar cell would add to the size of the camera. Still, it would be nice to have unlimited battery power and never worry about missing a shot again.
The Olympus’ ultra-zoom SP-100 camera sets itself apart from the competition with a futuristic ‘Dot Sight’ mechanism that helps you track far-off subjects while the camera’s powerful 50X optical zoom is fully engaged. Most photographers who use cameras with long zoom lenses have experienced the problem of having a subject move out of the frame while shooting over a long distance with the zoom in use. The Dot Sight is built into the pop-up flash unit and gives the SP-100 a unique feature. You certainly won’t find it on any other consumer-level camera, but that could change in the near future.
Lytro cameras employ light field technology, but this idea may become a bigger part of general photography soon. Light field photography involves recording the photo and then determining which portion of it you want to have in focus later.
Cameras that excel in low light―or no light―photography are on the way. The ISO setting in a digital camera determines the sensitivity to light for the image sensor, and a setting of 51,200 is a common maximum ISO setting for today’s DSLR cameras.
But Canon’s ME20F-SH camera has a maximum ISO of four million, which effectively allows the camera to work in the dark. Meanwhile, Google’s latest Pixel smartphones include a feature called Night Sight, which uses machine learning and algorithms to create great low-light images. More cameras will also likely implement better low-light photography features in the future.
As a powerful tool for aerial photography and videography, drones garner much of their attention for their camera and flight capabilities. But the truth is, the gimbal is probably the most critical factor in ensuring smooth, high-quality footage.
DJI’s gimbal, the motorized part where the camera is mounted, which serves to eliminate unwanted movements to produce smooth, professional-quality footage, has come quite a long way over the years. What started as hobbyist pursuit has grown into a thriving product type that covers both the air and ground. As technology advances, gimbals are becoming smaller and more capable of stabilizing increasingly large cameras and payloads. As a result, more people than ever before can now tell stories with smooth, stable video.
Among the array of equipment on a film set, camera stabilizers are perhaps the most critical, as stable footage is essential for cinematography. Most people shoot videos on consumer cameras or mobile devices. This exposes the problem of shaky footage caused by walking, moving the arms, or even the simple act of breathing. Gimbals solve this issue, which is why you’ll find them being used by professionals on almost every film set these days.
It is now easier than ever to shoot pro looking pictures and videos.
Good luck with your next Netflix style blockbuster production.