Future Trends in Cameras
I emailed this to someone who asked about some camera trends.
- Smart phone cameras are replacing the point-n-shoot market; that market is going away.
- The “low end” is becoming something with more advanced features, including “bridge cameras” that feature long zooms and manual override capability, and sometimes RAW mode. Or just nice pocket cameras with a fair amount of capability relative to the smart phone.
- The middle range is moving into low end DSLRs. T3i/60d, for example. Mirror less cameras. Lumix low end micro 4/3ds.
- The consumer video camera market is history. People either use their smart phone or their “bridge camera” or DSLR to shoot video. Works for them.
- The video camera market will exist mostly at the high end, in the near future. Think larger sensors (m43, APS-C) and interchangeable lenses.
The next big step up in cameras is going to be to add, at least, wi-fi capability to upload photos and videos direct from the camera to youtube and social media websites. This will also include more sophisticated touch screen user interfaces too.
At some point, some camera maker (may be a new company that enters the field) will introduce a camera that can take “apps”, just like your smart phone, or your tablet or notebook computer. The Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK) created by a hackers, enables the creation of “scripts” that can be used to program some Canon cameras. Camera makers, though, do not understand how enabling third parties can add value to their cameras, create an ecosystem around their camera platform, and really grow their camera market.
- “How smartphones are changing digital photography” (coldstreams.com)
- iPhone 4S HD 1080p Video Almost As Well As A $3000 Canon DSLR Camera (VIDEO) (netwidz.com)
- Canon’s new EOS-1D X flagship professional DSLR camera (gizmag.com)
- Power zoom lenses for DSLR cameras (coldstreams.com)