Back in the 2000s, we all stood by in awe as cameras started making their way onto smartphones. In the early days, they were rather lackluster as standalone pieces of hardware. But as the years went by, the megapixel count kept on rising. After a decade or so, they were a fully fledged feature and worthy pieces of photo-making equipment in their own right.
But the march of technology continues. In January, Las Vegas hosted CES 2016. And we got to see what manufacturers have planned next for photography nuts. Let’s take a look at what innovations they brought to the table.
Quickpod Dynamic Power Selfie Stick
It’s amazing how quickly the market can react to an opportunity. It only seems like yesterday that teenagers with outstretched arms started posing for selfies on Instagram. The limiting factor back then, of course, was the length of the human arm. But then companies found a solution: the selfie stick Creative Business Name.
Arguably, the selfie stick has also been with us for some time. But Quikpod wanted to take it to the next level. Their stick doesn’t just hold your smartphone. It’ll hold your GoPro and your Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 too. It also comes with an onboard battery, capable of giving your camera an extra 10 hours of charge, should you need it.
The biggest drawback of modern smartphone cameras is the fact that they don’t have optical zoom – yet. That’s why Olloclip have developed a detachable, clip-on lens for the iPhone.
The Olloclip comes with everything the user apparently needs to capture the perfect images. There’s a rail mount to attach the lens, two cold-shoe adapters, and clips if you want to set up a tripod. The highly functional Olloclip started shipping back in February.
In the Jetsons TV series, the creators imagined that we’d ultimately end up living in a world of flying cars. Unfortunately, the cars didn’t arrive. But the flying cameras did – and it took everyone by surprise.
Lily is a flying camera/drone unveiled at CES this year. It comes with GPS, and it can fly up to 50 feet into the air. This opens up a whole world of opportunity to the budding photographer. No longer do you have to hire out of noise, vibration, and expensive helicopter to get overhead shots. You can do it with a $500 piece of equipment straight out of the box. No wonder Lily racked up more than $36 million in preorders before it launched this summer.
The rise of VR means that photography is going to have to change. We’re going to need cameras capable of 360-degree views of their surroundings with no stitching. Fortunately, 360fly has arrived, and it’s the answers to many people’s prayers.
360fly is a 4K camera mounted into a round case. It’s got built-in Wi-Fi capability and Bluetooth, making it easy to integrate into any home or business setup. And it can be used in VR, including Google Cardboard.
You can build one of these 360-degree cameras into your drone for the ultimate VR experience.