Photography has morphed, evolved, and unlocked a new potential for future generations since digital technology has transformed the market. Now everyone has the ability to express themselves in ways that used to be only limited to professional photographers who had both the time and resources to develop their images. The break-neck speed of digital photography innovation is not going to let up anytime soon, here are some of the big waves that we’ll be watching in 2017.
Camera Encryption Tech
The digital information age has boomed and plateaued to the point where technology has far exceeded the expectations of just how much data can be gathered, stored, and retrieved. Journalists, activists, and reporters that use digital photography to tell their stories are demanding more security and privacy from their devices and apps, so the industry will be working to answer the call in 2017. The best way to protect one’s data is to have it built into the very devices that they use, i.e. digital cameras.
Next-gen DSLR and Sensors
The time has arrived, where technology is beginning to surpass our own human capabilities. The human eye is the most complex organ in the body, after the brain, of course. The next generation of imaging sensors, however, look to surpass the sensitivity levels of human eyesight. This is working within the visible light spectrum, as we already have surpassed our eye’s other shortcomings in other spectrum.
When the research into this new ultra-sensitive image sensor proves a success on an industrial scale, you can safely bet that it will quickly make its way into practical camera solutions.
While artificial intelligence is usually only associated with robots and video games, AI tech is very useful for digital photography. Apps will become more powerful in 2017, thanks to advances in efficient and effective artificial intelligence. You can expect more emphasis on accurate facial recognition across all platforms, from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and cloud photo album services.
This is one category of digital technology that will never go cold in the upcoming years. Every camera and phone manufacturer is racing to implement more consumer accessible VR tech. This includes bringing 360 degree capturing to more smartphones, allowing consumers to make their own VR pictures and videos. Virtual reality snapshots will allow amateurs to tell bigger, better, and more personalized stories. This demand for more virtual reality content will rise sharply over the upcoming years.
On a similar note of the proliferation of 360 degree cameras, there will also be a push to make “macro lens” capabilities more accessible by virtue of a new lens that Canon Japan has developed. What this essentially means is that users will be able to take wide-angle shots without the use of special equipment, while maintaining the same level of control and convenience that a normal lens provides.
We can’t wait to see what else is in store for digital photography in 2017. Electronics have come a long way over the years, but as you can see, the R&D doesn’t appear to be slowing down.