The Future of Photography: Trends in Camera Technology

With so many new cameras and lenses launched recently, now is the best time to take a look at how the latest technology will likely play out in the coming year. We see three trends reshaping photography in the near future: Lenses evolving to accommodate the needs of video capture, sensors emerging in new sizes and designs, and Wi-Fi connectivity being built into more cameras.

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Taking their cues from camcorders, lens makers have begun to add silent electronic zooms for video, while retaining the manual zoom controls stills shooters are used to. And lighter, smaller, more versatile optics are proliferating.

With the new kit lens for the inaugural body of its new OM-D line of Micro Four Thirds cameras, While the fundamental laws of optics will not change, there is a lot more to a camera lens than just the glass elements—especially with zooms. Both electronics and mechanics play a key role in performance. With the advent of contrast-based autofocus in interchangeable-lens compacts, lenses for these systems have developed more robust communications with camera bodies. Such improvements don’t come cheap. Some of the materials, such as the rare earth that’s used to make certain elements in the more advanced lenses, are going up in price significantly.

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New sensor designs and formats, as well as improvements in manufacturing, promise higher resolution and less noise, with a little tradeoff in terms of cost. Our lives continue to become ever more Web-connected. And in that process cameras will find their rightful place in the ecosystem of electronics that we use to help define our existence.

~ by Cherry Bhasin

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