Episode 90: What New Technology is Coming Next for Cameras?

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In this Episode I talk about what future technology might be coming to cameras in the future. You can view the show notes at http://www.liamphotographypodcast.com

You’re listening to the Liam Photography Podcast, I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is Episode 90. I want to take a moment right now and thank all of my listeners for Subscribing, Rating and Reviewing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or wherever else you might be listening. I also wanted to remind you to check out the Liam Photography Podcast Facebook Group, which I’ll talk more about later on in the show.

In this week’d episode I wanted to talk about new possible technologies that might be implemented in future camera bodies. Over the last 5 or so years we’ve seen some really great new technology in camera bodies from most all of the major camera makers, such as EyeAF, Animal EyeAF, Animal Head and Body detection and tracking.
Sony and Nikon have been pioneering low light capabilities, Canon has been dominating AutoFocus with their second Generation of DualPixel AF, which not only benefits stills photographers, but also videographers who can now Vlog without needing a second person to operate the camera.

With the EOS R5, Canon brought 8K video and 4KHQ video to the masses, although the technology is not perfected with the fake overheating. In addition, Canon like Sony, brought out 12fps mechanical and 20fps with electronic shutter to make more affordable cameras sports cameras capable of capturing high speed sports such as NASACAR and NFL, NBA and other pro sports.

With new Canon EOS R5 and Sony A7R4 both are equipped with both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi capable of 802.11a/b/g/n/ac so that photographers can transfer their files much faster to their smartphones or tablets, which helps massively with moving RAW files to other devices.

Canon even created a new, super expensive WFT-R10A Wireless File Transmitter, which is a combination battery grip and network file transfer device to make it faster and easier to perform tethered shooting with it’s built in Ethernet port and Wireless network capabilities as well as dual battery support.

So now that we have some of these technologies in current cameras, what are some new possible technologies we might be seeing in cameras in the near future?

1.) LTE networking capabilities? One of the items many photographers would love to have in future camera bodies is a cellular module which would allow you to immediately upload and backup your photos to a cloud service. This would be especially handy if you have a camera model that only has 1 card slot and want the peace of mind of knowing if your memory card fails in the middle of a shoot, you wouldn’t lose all your images.

2.) Internal storage? This is another item many photographers have been asking for over the last few years, especially given that SSD storage is small, fast and have very low failure rates when compared to memory cards. There is also the fact that SSD’s today have very low power requirements so they would not have any major impact on battery life and again if cameras had internal storage means every camera would only need 1 card slots for redundancy.

3.) Social Media Integration. Another item that more and more photographers have been clamoring for over the last couple of years is the ability to be able to upload photos directly to Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. How would this be implemented? Could a camera company such as Canon or Sony maybe partner with Apple or Google to use a form of their software such as iOS or Android to make this capable?

4.) Smart Technologies for Better photos. Could we possible see in the next few years cameras with the ability to tell you when you have something set wrong in the camera that could have a negative impact on your images. It could let you know that your focus is off a bit, your shutter speed is too high or too low or your current ISO settings would introduce noise. The camera could use AI to examine the scene in your composition and make suggestions to improve your final image to make it the best it can possibly be.

5.) Bye Bye Shutter Button. Given that GoPro has had the technology for some time now is it possible future cameras will no longer have a shutter button? Cameras would be capable of taking an exposure using just your voice. Or maybe we could see some sort of “Smart Glasses” could be used paired with your camera as not only the way to point your camera and also double as your shutter button.

6.) Unlimited Battery Power. Today’s Lithium-Ion batteries are capable of giving us hundreds of photos on a single charge, but what if someday soon we could have a camera that never needs to be plugged in to charge the system? The camera could be outfitted with solar cells that would allow it to charge the camera battery as your are out shooting with it or even completely power the camera off the solar cells and then failover to the internal battery when shooting indoors. We know that we already have solar cells that can charge computer keyboards even when the only source of light is artificial in your home or office. These solar cells have been around for quite. Few years now and I am sure that the technology is even better now than it was when these Logitec keyboards first hit the market.

7.) Light Field Recording. A few years back a company called Lytro created light field cameras, which were cameras that could capture an image and then you could change the point of focus in the scene later to suit your taste. Although Lytro has since gone out of business, this is still a technology that could eventually end up in ALL mainstream cameras. I personally own a Lytro Illum camera and absolutely love it and would love to see the technology in interchangeable lens camera systems such as mirrorless cameras.

8.) No light required. Is it possible that cameras in the very near future would have the ability to capture great images even in total darkness? The ISO settings on a camera determine how much light hits the image sensor and today’s cameras often have ISO settings as high as 51,200.

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.

9.) Auto Tagging of Images. Instead of snapping photos of friends and family, uploading them to your social network of choice, and tagging them individually, future cameras will be able to tag photos natively. Qualcomm is already working on software called SceneDetect (above) that will determine where a photo was captured and properly assign the right meta tags for the image. That way, when you upload the content to a network, the information will be auto-populated.

Imagine, cameras of the future will allow you to simply capture a photo — even with multiple friends or family in it — and simply upload it, without any additional input. All subjects, the location, and perhaps even the activity, will be tagged for you. Not only is it convenient, it’s extremely useful for cataloging and organizing your personal photos. Seeing as we all carry a camera in our pockets now, we could probably all do with a bit more organization.

10.) Scentography. What if you could look at an image of a scrumptious and amazing chocolate treat and smell exactly how it did when it was freshly baked? Some time in the near future that may be possible.
A new type of camera called the Madeleine — created by Amy Radcliffe from Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts in London — will capture scents, not photos.
As Radcliffe says, the “sense of smell has a direct link to emotional memory. It is the sense we react to most instinctively, and the furthest away from being stored or replicated digitally.”
Currently, the Madeleine is just a working prototype, and the setup is quite clunky. It’s not exactly something you’d want to carry around with you. It looks like something you’d see in a science lab with plastic tubes, a funnel, and a ceramic bowl, all linked together. That said, the system may eventually be perfected and optimized.
Sharing vacation photos and snaps of your dinners with everyone might be a lot different in the future. One thing to keep in mind if you perfect this technology is make sure photographers can turn off this feature as the smell of flowers or a delicious dinner would be great but smelling less favorable items would not be as nice.

So what are your thoughts on these possible technologies coming to future cameras to enhance your image capturing. Are there some other technologies that you would like to see in future cameras? Let me know in the comments.
And that is a wrap on Episode 90 of the Liam Photography Podcast. I want to thank all my listeners once again for Subscribing, Rating and Reviewing on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or anywhere else you listen to this show.

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