Camera technology is always a hot topic as everyone likes to take great photos. We know that a general trend in the industry is that photos get better and clearer year after year. You only have to compare a photo from a modern camera to one back in the year 2000 to see how far we’ve come.
This begs the question: what does the future hold for camera technology?
Specifically, what can we look forward to as consumers? Are there any technologies or features that will become more prominent in the next five or ten years? To answer this, we can look at some of the current trends while mixing in a few predictions of our own.
Enhanced technology in smaller packages
Much like the future of gaming, camera technology seems to be focused on delivering big hits in small packages. What we mean is that you see better quality photos in much smaller devices. Smartphones are a prime example of this. Unless you’re buying a proper DSLR camera, you’re unlikely to find a digital camera with as much photo-power as a modern smartphone. The cameras on these things are tiny, yet they’re capable of producing crystal-clear imagery. We’re bound to see this trend continue as professional photo-power will soon be available through smaller mobile devices.
There’s been a huge trend in the photography world around low-light technology. Nobody likes taking photos in a dimly lit area as the quality deteriorates. Not only that, but adding a flash to proceedings can mess up the image you wish to create. Therefore, many cameras are being built with low-light features to take better photos in darkness. This enables you to capture things as a more accurate representation of what you see with your eyes. How often have you seen an image or looked through a camera and seen something that looks clear and awesome? Then, you take the photo and it just looks dark and blurry. Low-light technology corrects this, making night-time photos more appealing.
Improved drone cameras
Drones fit into the first point about big tech in small packages. However, they deserve a spot on their own as drone cameras are a huge trend. It mentions on DrDrone that some drones already have HDR capabilities and up to 48mp sensors. This is already a dramatic improvement on the first drone cameras we ever saw. However, things are bound to get even better. Drone cameras are receiving significant attention from some of the biggest camera giants in the photography world. The aim is to create something that delivers DSLR levels of quality in something that flies up high. Of course, this demands a great balance between camera technology and drone weight. So, it will be interesting to see how close these cameras get to rivaling handheld professional ones.
Selfies are probably the strangest trend in the world of photography. Who’d have thought they would become this popular? We’ve mentioned smartphones already, and selfie cameras have become a key selling point of these devices. People want clear and HD images of themselves! But, this will translate into the wider camera world as well. Many handheld cameras come with screens that can be flipped around to let the user see themselves. This makes selfies a lot easier to do as you remove the guesswork. So, expect to see more cameras adopt an emphasis on selfies. This could come in the form of flippable screens, or it could be through accessories. Either way, DSLR cameras will become more capable of rivaling smartphones for top-quality selfies.
One battery cameras
Typically, a DSLR or handheld camera will come with a place to put a battery. When the battery runs out of charge, you swap it for a charged one and re-charge the old one. It’s a good system, but it can be improved. In the future, you can expect to see cameras that require one battery. They will work like smartphones in that you simply charge the camera when the battery is low. However, things can be taken to another level by implementing solar power. A camera will usually be out in the sunlight, so it makes sense to take advantage of this? Some manufacturers are already toying with the idea of adding solar technology that charges the camera while you use it. Or, it stores the energy generated into a reserve battery, calling upon it when required. The idea is that your camera will never run out of charge when you’re out and about! Funnily enough, many security cameras already implement this technology.
Which one of these trends do you think is more likely to take off? Better yet, which one are you most excited for? Regardless, the future of camera technology certainly looks very intriguing.