I was lucky enough to have a more technical video fed to me regarding the amount of processing (and sensor development) in mobile phones, which obviously feeds through to conventional digital cameras and the rapidly emerging high resolution video camcorders that use similar tiny image sensors. This really has become a convergent technology, and which is impacting developments.
The first video I’m including confirms something I’ve been expecting for some time, the end of new dSLR development by Nikon and Canon. NOT to be taken as the end of dSLRs as such, as the existing production will carry on for some time, as mirrorless etc still suffers some disadvantages, but these are being addressed, although it’s likely some can’t be resolved completely. However, the advantages of mirrorless are just going to grow, although I suspect the usual diehards will still preach gloom and doom, and will be happy being sad for years to come.
The other thud on my desktop was notification of a video that put some more technical meat on the bones of a post I made a while ago, where I drew attention to the ridiculous improvement in high resolution and low light video I was watching online, with video that needed no real effort to shoot, yet was producing stunning quality from low light night scenes.
Although this video is directed towards cameras in mobile phones, as I already noted, this is convergent technology now, and all the developments are being used throughout the imaging industry.
I wouldn’t be so bold as predict, or even suggest this heralds the end of the digital camera – I’m reasonably sure it will be a long time before people who want a camera they can control are no more – but change is coming again, just as it did when analogue cameras using film eventually went away. There’s still the vinyl record lovers who apparently can’t hear clicks and scratches, and some people still like to brew up various chemical baths before seeing their pics (if they don’t make a mistake).
I’m not knocking anybody, and I’d suggest we need to be aware of all tech, old and new, as it’s always a potential source of inspiration for the next step.
It’s just occurred to me that I have a camera (ie not a mobile phone camera – I don’t even have a mobile) which already has this tech built in. I never remember to use it (and there’s the hassle too), but it has something called Post Focus. Activate this, take a pic, and you can move the focus anywhere from the front to the rear of the scene, and pic the point which you want the focus to be set on. Even when I remember to use it, I forget I’ve used it, and trash the special image file this type of shot is stored in.
I should try to remember. Maybe one day.
I’m just glad I bought a decent little dSLR last time I splashed out, and that there were no significant improvements in the following years. I’d actually been wondering if/when the manufacturer was going to come up with a surprise (other than mirrorless), but now why there was nothing (other than fancier or more expensive) even hinted at.
I REALLY screwed up just before digital arrived, and bought an expensive analogue/film SLR body because it had so many practical features for adjusting exposure, and had just been discontinued (I tracked down two in Glasgow, after considerable effort).
I came to regret that purchase – Firstly because I hardly got a chance to use it, and secondly, because it got so little use, the shutter release became unreliable, and often wouldn’t fire.
That said, I suspect ALL my SLRs (that I kept) are probably the same now, and would not work unless serviced.