Whether it’s WiFi, ever higher ISOs or 4k, lately I get the feeling that the photo industry is increasingly promoting features that are out of touch with photographers. Instead of these features, which are centered around trendy mobile devices and ever higher numbers, I would like to propose five features, which would bring real benefits to photographers in a number of situations. The following features are the ones I have in mind.
Completely matte display
I probably need ISO400,000 once a year, but every time I set foot out the door I wish for a LCD, which remains usable even under very bright sunlight. The DP2Q has a much better LCD than the Merrill, but it’s still too far from being perfect. I don’t understand why not a single manufacturer has hit on the idea of incorporating a completely matte display into a camera.
Whether it’s notebooks, tablets or smartphones, by now all these devices have power saving features, and I’m not talking about sleep stat and shutdown. A device should be capable of reducing clock speeds or of reducing power consumption in some other way, while completely staying responsive and usable. How about a mode, in which the camera turns its EVF/LCD (biggest electricity consumers) only if you wrap your fingers around the grip? This way the camera would be saving energy in all those situations where it’s doing nothing, besides hanging around your neck.
Yes, you read that right! In the majority of cases the most beautiful photos are being made when there is plenty of light, when you could make due with ISO25 or 50. Who wouldn’t use these sensitivity settings, if they provided results with even less noise and more dynamic range? I don’t understand the hype revolving around cameras, which are reaching the 0.5m ISO mark. I would benefit from such dizzyingly high sensitivities far less than from the two aforementioned ISO settings.
Usable fully-electronic shutter
I experienced this feature for the first time with a Nikon 1 camera, where it’s still very limited with genuine 1/60s. I can say one thing though, you don’t have to be a paparazzo to appreciate a camera which is capable of taking a photo without making a sound. The only way it could be even nicer, is if the indicated 1/16,000s (not a typo!) were for real, so that one could use these fast shutter speeds to capture fast action or use extremely fast flash sync speeds.
Faster sensor read-out in combination with “multi shot”
In order to make this feature work, one would probably need the fully-electronic shutter mentioned above, otherwise camera shake could be induced. Wouldn’t it be nice though, to be able to shoot a dozen of photos within 1/1000s, which then could be computed into a single RAW in-camera? I bet that after a few minutes of consideration anyone can get an idea on how to make use of this mode in a sensible way. 😉
That’s all from me for now. Let me know in the comments, should you have other interesting ideas or if you find my proposals useless. 😉