CES 2013: Four new camera and video features that might change how you shoot
There were lot of camera and camcorder introductions at CES this year, but not all had innovative features. Here are a few products or features that I think may change how you shoot photos and videos in the coming months or years:
Lytro: This company is one of the most innovative camera manufacturers in the industry, introducing a new kind of camera that lets you adjust a photo’s focus after you’ve shot it. At CES, I got a chance to talk with Eric Cheng, the director of photography at Lytro, who said in 2013 they would be introducing 3D to its camera capabilities. What’s even cooler is that they will implement this change so that you can apply a 3D effect to images you’ve already shot with your Lytro camera.
4K video: Now that almost every camera and camcorder can capture HD-resolution video (at least 720p), it’s ironic (or just annoying) that the TV-industry has decided to up the ante by debuting ultra HD-resolution (or 4K) television, which quadruples HD resolution. However, these new TVs are impressive. So, some camcorder manufacturers are following suit: Companies like Red Digital Cinema, Sony, and even, GoPro are producing camcorders that can capture 4K or ultra high HD-video. Of course, Red Digital Cinema’s Scarlet-X will set you back $8,000 or so for pro quality 4K video. GoPro costs about $400, but will only produce 4K video at 12 frames per second, which will make for extremely choppy video.
Apps to use with your camera or camcorder: Nearly every digital-imaging company has been overhauling or introducing new apps to download on iOS and Android tablet and smart phones, allowing you to use them in conjunction with your camera or camcorder in new and different ways. For instance, on some wireless Sony and Samsung cameras and camcorders you can remotely control your device via your tablet or phone, including the ability to zoom in and out and snap a photo or capture video. I’m sure these will continue to evolve in 2013.
Smart features evolve: Just a few years ago, one of the first smart features, face detection, allowed for a host of other capabilities, such as smile detection. Now, some camera manufacturers, such as Samsung, are including new types of smart features, such as the ability to control some cameras via voice commands or hand gestures.
See our complete CES 2013 coverage.
Lytro camera, despite flaws, is groundbreaking (video)
CES 2013 video: What’s new in televisions