Technology is such a wonderful thing? Digital camera manufacturers constantly
come out with new models, enhancements and improvements two or three times a
year, each company trying to get an edge on the other. The latest product is a
bottomless memory card which virtually any camera into a WiFi camera allowing
your images can be wirelessly transmitted to your iPad, iPhone, or Android
phone, where you can then email them anywhere. ✓
As I write this we in the midst of another technical camera revolution. Just
as film has all but virtually disappeared, we're seeing other changes almost as obvious.
Cameras are shrinking in size while becoming more powerful, we are beginning to
see DSLR cameras, Interchangeable lens cameras (MILC), Point and Shoot cameras, Video
cameras and Smart Cell Phone Cameras all blend into one.
Now some new cameras are arriving with an expert photographer built right in.
There' called scene modes. They have discovered that image sensors can be coated
to give them increased speed and resolution. There are so many new cameras with
HD video, nobody will hardly give a second look to a camera with it although AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4/H.264) in Dolby stereo sound. video is starting to
replace plain HD. And how about image stabilization, gotta' have that. 36 Scene
Modes, all those are way too important to do without and so the list goes on.
Pentax Q Compact Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Camera
Let's highlight a few of these new technology changes:
3D Photo mode creates a 3D image right inside the camera. Shoot 20 panning photos and let the camera automatically select a pair of the most appropriate images - one for your right eye and another for your left eye - to compose a 3D synthesizes. You can then view 3D image on
(a method of displaying 3d without the need for special glasses) VIERA HDTV. The 3D image format that's compatible with MPO that may be played on other compatible MPO devices like TV's, Digital Photo Frames or Printing
Geotagging - a method of labeling (tagging) your photos, to indicate where they were shot. Tags allow easier searching of your images while sharing them has more meaning allowing you to see your images on a map, or search them by location
Diagram of the difference from a Backlit image sensor and a typical CMOS or CCD image sensor
HD Video - 1080, 720, 480 was adopted by the FCC in 1996. 720p HD,
1080p HD AVCHD with each having their own advantages. For example 720p features
higher vertical resolution over 1080i, allowing it to be preferred for sporting
events such as auto sports and basketball which are very fast paced on live
television. And the latest, Dolby stereo zoom microphones
One of the major components in digital photography the camera's image sensor, the device that acquires light and transfers this information to the
image processing engine which then formats the image. Traditionally there are two major types of image sensors:
CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) and
CCD (Charge-coupled device). Now there's a new adaptation of these sensors.
The Omnivision backside-illuminated (BSI) image sensor, although not a totally new type of image sensor, however components from inside a CMOS or CCD
are rearrange to allow the maximum volume of light to access the sensor.
As the supporting configuration of the image sensor is relocated to the rear, more light is available to arrive at the sensor. When more light reaches the sensor, it may become more light sensitive which is useful for photographing in poor light. Normally, images shot at night employing high
ISO are speckled with digital artifacts. However BSI sensors let photographers obtain superior low-light shots by letting the ISO sensitivity be reduced while preserving the same light capture volume as in higher ISO settings.
See the diagram above
Image Stabilization - can typically allow using shutter speeds 3-4
stops slower (8-6 times longer exposure time), although even slower successful speeds have been accounted.
LCD - It appears the the upper limit of size has reached a plateau at
around 3 inches (a restraint of camera size), however many now swivel
(articulated) while the dots per inch are increasing to allow brighter displays
and many are now touch screen.
Megapixels - Megapixels have moved up to an average of 16MP up from
12-14MP just a year ago.
Memory Cards - (Flash Card) Most new cameras allow you to use SD/SDHC/SDXC
cards - Standard sizes range from 2GB to 64GB, plus the WiFi memory cards I
Scene Modes -
Some these modes are: Art Filter, Anti blur, Aquarium, Baby, Backlight,
Candlelight, Children, Close-up, Color Swap, Coupling, Documents, Face
detection, Faithful, Fireworks, Film Grain, Fisheye, Flash, Foliage, Food, High dynamic
range, High speed burst, Indoor, Intelligent Auto, Kids, Landscape, Macro, Monochrome, Movie,
Museum, Natural green, Night Portrait, Night scene, Party, Panning, Panorama,
Pets, Pinhole, Portrait, Sepia, Soft skin, Smile shutter, Soft, Sports, Starry
Sky, Sunset/Sunrise, Underwater,
Vivid, You Tube Capture. While you might not want to use all of these, a few might
come in handy.
If I could have a wish list, I'd like to see image sensors become
interchangeable just like camera film, and plug-in LCD screens and a standard
lens mounting system without the need for adapters
And then we wonder why are cameras become functionally obsolete within
months. Perhaps you should re-read this article from the top again for the
answer. Nobody want to buy a camera without all the latest widgets. This is just
the price we pay for technology. Maybe it's time for a new term for this, such
as 'Digital Depreciation.
Sep 19, 2011