Here is an interesting read about the future of photography (and video to some degree).
We can never know the future, but this article has some interesting thoughts on the state of the industry and what the leading manufacturers are working on.
I think it is worth a read and to keep aware of what is going on. The future is coming and the more information we have the better choices we can make for our futures.
Where Will Photography Be One Year from Now?
720, 1080 and then 4K. 5, 10, 20 and now even 50 megapixel CMOS backs. The world of photography and video has evolved rapidly over the past few years, leaving those unwilling to change behind and those ready to advance ahead of the curve. In the next year, a lot more is bound to happen. So what can you expect in the next year, and what will you have to wait a little longer for?
Looking at where the most advancement has come in the past year, we can start to see a trend in three major places: high performance compact, advancements in camera sensors and 4K video.
What you can expect in the compact market:
Fuji and Sony will continue to push out compact, high performance cameras.
Small is the new big, and the DSLR seems poised to make an exit. At least, that’s what Sony and Fuji believe. In the last year, Sony tried to turn the photo world on its head with the a7 and the a7R. It was the first major foray of a full frame sensor in a very compact body. Though they weren’t without their flaws, they surely have started a major revolution in bringing outstanding dynamic range and detail to a small handheld. Sony is well on their way to continue this trend with the release of the a7S, a camera for which they only very recently revealed pricing. With a focus on video, the camera has been touted for its incredible ISO sensitivity, a feature made easier by the full frame sensor. This doesn’t forgive the atrocious rolling shutter issues, but it’s a darn fine start.
Fuji, though they have not released a camera with a full frame sensor, has managed to completely dominate the compact interchangeable lens camera market for part time and full time professional shooters. While Sony and Samsung are currently the leaders in the amateur space, nearly every professional photographer who relies on storied brands like Nikon and Canon on set also, secretly or not, carries a Fuji in their day bags. Photographers, even professionals, enjoy taking photos for fun and the Fuji is the popular pick to fill that desire. Fuji’s success is based in their incredible optics, strong both in quality and in variety.
With strong histories and clear goals with recently released product, it’s pretty easy to extrapolate that Sony and Fuji will continue on the road where they have gotten much success.
Continue reading at Resource Magazine's article “Where Will Photography Be One Year from Now?”
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