Canon prototype HDSLR of the future – the “Wonder Camera”

by planetmitch7 Comments

Gizmag is showing off a video taken at the Canon display in the Japanese pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai – a video which shows Canon's “wonder camera” prototype of the camera of the future. They're suggesting it is something like 20 years out, but includes features such as virtually infinite focus, monster zoom from macro out to a bazillion x (my term not theirs LOL), and a uni-body design with virtually no buttons. There's also a ‘smile detection' feature shown – which is one step above the face detection currently in Canon cameras, it shows green when someone is smiling! Maybe it isn't even really going to be an HDLSR camera in 20 years but I thought that today's term applies at least for now. This prototype obviously does more than the HDSLR of today.

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Here's the video that Gizmag is showing:


I don't know where the voice is from, but at times it can be hard to hear. Tho the text of what the gentleman is saying appears to be shown in the entire Gizmag article.

Overall, some very interesting concepts – and some potentially disturbing ideas are displayed. Everything in an image is in focus at all times – great if you want to pull out some bits of an image, but where's the depth of field we all know and love? Or is that a feature added later once you select something that is in focus? Or will anyone care in 20 years?

I imagine the world will be a much different place in 20 years – and I'm sure our cameras will be very different indeed. I think the author is right in that storage will be very inexpensive and bandwidth will be massive. How will that change our viewing/recording habits? Will still images be dead? Will we only care about video?

Sound off in the comments below with your ideas of the future and/or your comments on this ‘wonder camera' from Canon.

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[Source: I found this story from a tweet from @eosnetwork]

By the way, Dan Chung has just published his view on the Wonder Camera.

(Photo credit: snap from the gizmag site)