Great question from a reader about Smart Cameras and connections…

So a great question about my smart camera posts that I wanted to share. “I like the idea of a smart camera being able to connect to all the shared cameras around, but can’t you do that with a cell phone today? Wouldn’t that be better done on a cell phone anyway?”

Great question, no because the Cell phone remains while a great I have it in my pocket and I am taking more pictures (the number of pictures taken in a year has increased every year since 2007. The cameras on smart phones are so much better than they were 10 years ago. But they are still limited. They are either too big (iPad, Adenoid or Windows Tablet) or they are designed as phones first not cameras (iPhone, Windows Phone, Android Phone). This WordPress platform isn’t built to show you the why of this argument.

This is the moon. Take a picture of it with your cell phone. Zoom into the lunar seas as far as you can. Now, take a digital camera and take the same picture. Depending upon the camera (and the lens) you can zoom in a lot further. Want an even better picture? Get a telescope with a camera. Now zoom in. You very quickly get the reality of quality.

The search for quality can drive you insane. I am not embarking on that quest. I am simply pointing out that quality matters. Not today when you are snapping that fast picture but later when you share it. The problem with the cellular camera is more to do with the reality of sharing than anything else. Certainly there are many tools that make it easier to share cellular pictures. Facebook, Photobucket and many others make it simple. The problem is first do you, and second who are you sharing with?

That is why the shared image system will be a value. First off because I don’t always take great pictures. People with cellular cameras don’t always take great pictures. But if there are a 1000 people at an event and 100 have picture sharing on, then you will in the end capture the moment with at least one good picture (odds are in your favor).

Eventually this split is going to occur. Either the smart camera, is fully integrated into the cellular device, or they stay separate. There is a future where the two unite into a single device. But the camera will have to get a lot smaller and so will the phone. A larger foldable screen will have to be available so that you can unfold the screen and see larger images. The unified device will have to have a more natural grip so you can hold it away from you or to your eye like a camera. Image stabilization will have to continue to improve. Lens on cellular phones will have to get better. Its not always the number of megapixels you have available. Its how good of a lens it is.

Then there will only be specialty cameras like the Bubl and Cellular cameras. You will have drones, that publish back to your cellular phone and cameras that support unique views. To answer the original question, yes the cellular phone would be the point of connection in a unified cameras system. But I suspect you will connect to both other cellular phones as well as other specialty cameras. From infa-red imaging, to aerial views of events the specialist smart cameras will provide another view. Most likely a better image as well than your cell phone. So while the cell phone would become the point of integration, the aggregate picture would probably come from a number of smart cameras.


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