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03-24-2010, 10:57 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote

OK, so we will soon have voice-controlled cameras. Somebody could walk around with a voice recorder that says, "Camera, do this. Camera, do that." At events filled with photographers with 'advanced' cameras, chaos will reign. Murders and suicides will be committed. A jolly time will be had by all.

I can hardly wait, eh?

I was looking at apps on my Android phone and saw one where you can speak to text. WTF would anyone want to do that? Don't you text so you don't have to talk? LOL.

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QuoteOriginally posted by allill Quote
I got a DSLR for the easy access via buttons, switches and dials.
You probably won't like the next phase either: mood-ring technology. Place your thumb on the 30x40mm screen and the camera will sense your intentions and know just how and when to shoot. This will also make theft impossible, or at least pointless, since only YOUR moods will allow the camera to function.

That's the problem with buttons and switches and dials etc -- anybody with a few fingers can operate them, so there's no built-in security. As the world becomes more paranoid, such laxity will no longer be tolerated. With the new generation of secured cams, the viewfinder will perform a retinal scan to positively identify you as the authorized photographer. Your brainwaves will be monitored to ensure that you aren't shooting under duress, and also that you aren't doing anything illegal (blackmail, porn, etc). Illicit shooting will be detected and punished -- expect a stun-current to course through your evil body. You must be protected, and so must society. It's all for your own good.
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My opinion FWIW ...

For the straight shooting part, I do insist on button and wheel only operation. E.g., T, Av, Iso, priority, WB, metering mode, AF point selection, AF/MF mode must all be mechanically controlled. I am also worried about double mode buttons, e.g., ISO really should have its own wheel, possibly replacing the current mode wheel.

An ideal camera would have three wheels (T, Av, ISO) each with its own A setting. A Leica comes pretty close to this.


On the other hand, I am in favour of a iPhone quality touch screen and UI (hard to make tough!) which would control all the forthcoming bits and pieces, e.g.,
- HDR bracket
- In camera multi-exposure alignment, yielding HDR and/or panorama out of camera.
- Video trimming.
- Playback and sharpness control.

etc.
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Please, NO touchscreen on anything. My kids already smudge fingers on all the screens that they are not supposed to touch! Imagine if you had to. Now, imagine outdoors, it would make the LCD unviewable.

If you want a new interface, maybe voice control, that way you do not have to touch anything and with good voice recognition you can control your camera without triggering other people's

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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
My opinion FWIW ...

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On the other hand, I am in favour of a iPhone quality touch screen and UI (hard to make tough!) which would control all the forthcoming bits and pieces, e.g.,
- HDR bracket
- In camera multi-exposure alignment, yielding HDR and/or panorama out of camera.
- Video trimming.
- Playback and sharpness control.
I finally broke down and just got an iPhone (first impression - should have gotten Blackberry).

I downloaded a camera app that adds some function to the 3Mp iCamera. The user experience is something like an old PnS, except that to select the focus point you touch the screen and the app focuses where you touched. For those who use LiveView to take pictures this operation will feel natural since they are already interacting with the LCD.

Those of us who use the viewfinder will have a challenge becoming accustomed to touchscreens for actual taking. Maybe Falc's menu ideas would work.

I hate touching the phone for everything. I guess I'm just not an Apple person. Or I have reached my technology adoption threshold (a real risk for manufacturers going forward).
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