In recent years mobile phones incorporated cameras and revolutionized the distribution of personal photos on the Internet through social networks. The snapshot has gained a new dimension with the power of network distribution. Mobile phones have become multi-use equipment capable of making life easier, with a multitude of tasks at hand.
Now it’s time for professional cameras to incorporate evolution, to transform photography once again, allowing even more speed of information. It is time for cameras to connect with the world more directly and have an open platform for installation of different kinds of applications.
Perhaps the reason for the long delay in the launching of new models of professional and semi-professional cameras is the great technological leap coming soon.
I focused on what matters directly in photography, thinking of a 35mm DSLR equipment, leaving aside the possibilities of multi-media audio and video as well as other formats. Thus I made a list of what I hope to see in the next generations of cameras, divided between improvements and innovations:
- Touch Screen: to support the following innovations
- WI-FI – connection with the wireless network to:
- Operate one or multiple cameras simultaneously from your computer, tablet, mobile phone or even the main camera
- Download images during a photo session
- Sending images via Internet
- Browse the Internet
- Bluetooth – device:
- Sending images to other devices
- Use the Internet connection of telephones, computers or tablets
- 3G: SIM 3G slot for Internet access to:
- Sending images straight from the camera
- Internet access
- Text messaging
- Built-in GPS for:
- Auto geotagging
- To support applications that use geo-referencing information, such as an application that shows exact time and direction of sun and moonrise, sunset and their routes at that location on the selected date
- Anti-theft systems:
- System for locating missing equipment, such as “Find my iPhone”
- Use of a password to download the photos (the photos are saved in password protected folders and can only be accessed with password) – so the buyer of a stolen camera cannot use it.
- Database on the manufacturer’s website to register and view equipment. It would work as follows: ownership register is made at the time of purchase (with transfer option when selling to third parties). If the equipment is stolen, the owner of the device can report the theft in that database. The information is available for public consultation. That way you can consult before buying a used equipment, as well as technical assistance can check if they are receiving stolen equipment. The person who discovers a stolen device can forward message to the owner with the whereabouts of the equipment.
- Thunderbolt port: for faster photo downloads.
- Possibility of tagging pictures with colors, stars and / or flags on the camera itself, so that this information is compatible with photo editing programs. That is, the photographer can sort the material produced in-camera in a compatible format with editing programs such as Lightroom, Bridge, Photo Mechanic and Aperture.
- Flash control system via radio, as a pocket wizard integrated to the camera and the flashes, since the infrared system is limited.
- Interface to control multiple cameras simultaneously from the main camera (which can be controlled in three ways: via Wi-Fi, radio or cable).
- Interface to download the photos directly to hard drives, without requiring any device.
- Keyboard for the addition of metadata and other text needs.
- Digital filters, especially gradient.
- Operating system that allows the addition of different kinds of applications.
- Curtains elimination, replacing it with an electronic shutter to allow synchronization with flashbulbs at speeds above 1 / 250 without power loss.
- Removable and interchangeable sensor
- Better distribution of points of focus, with more points and mainly peripheral points
- Resolution of around 24 mega pixels in faster cameras and something like 40 mega pixels in slower cameras
- Firing of at least 8 fps without the need of a battery grip
- Less noise in high ISO
- Addition of low ISO, at least 25 and 50. ISO 12 is also welcome
- Increase buffering capacity
- Increase shutter durability
- Button for instant preset exchange: exchange, at the touch of a button, to a pre-established camera setting (mode, speed, aperture, ISO etc.).
Maybe all these ideas together seem somewhat utopian, but seeing what an iPhone 4 can do, I have no doubt that with current technology, you can put it all together in one machine. And I get the following question: will the photographic manufacturers incorporate the capabilities of phones or phone manufacturers will start making professional cameras of the future? Perhaps a joint effort is a great solution.