Future of Digital Photography

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When technology advances so rapidly, what does it mean for the future of digital photography?

In the current crop of digital SLR cameras, we are seeing a shift from higher megapixel counts to full-frame sensors to higher ISO capabilities.

In the History of Digital Photography, we talked about how digital photography is about 30 years old. In technological terms, that’s quite old yet there are still many great developments still to be made.

In the current crop of digital SLR cameras, we are seeing a shift from higher megapixel counts to full-frame sensors to higher ISO capabilities.

I think there are generally two trends to how the future of digital photography will go…

Video SLR cameras.
Low Light / High ISO Cameras
Video SLR Cameras
As little as 18 months ago (as of this writing) video capability was not something to expect from a dSLR camera.

Now things have changed because both Nikon and Canon have released dSLRs that have video capabilities.

This is important because now dSLR cameras aren’t seen as just a photographer’s tool but rather as a multi-use tool for budding photographers and videographers.

Will this change how dSLR cameras will be used?

In the early stages, perhaps not so much, because this is not quite a mature technology. But later on, there will be a definite impact in digital imaging and digital photography.

Low Light / High ISO Cameras
Digital photography cannot easily reproduce what the human eye can see and I think this is what will be the focus for newer cameras.

This is especially evident for low light situations. It is just not that easy to translate what we see with our eyes to a digital form.

Nikon and Canon have brought out new cameras that emphasize low light capabilities instead of higher megapixel count. These cameras have extremely high ISO capabilities for use in low light situations.

This is a new direction for dSLR manufacturers but will ultimately benefit the digital photographer.

I think that newer technologies will seek to represent the fuller gamut of colour and attempt to fully translate the richness that can be easily deciphered by our physical eyes.

Higher ISO capabilities are just the start and soon we’ll see even better noise reduction and appropriate sensor technologies to bring this about.

However these innovations develop, one thing is for sure, we are currently in the midst of some great digital photography innovations…

And our photos will never be the same again!

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