Very nice article and comments.
Being a photography friendly person myself, i think there is still lot to do by DSC/DSRLR/cellphone for image quality (low light...).
I think the future of lower cost DSLR cameras is bright. Our cell phone has already captured (will further)up majority of requirements of common people which lower end DSCs offer. DSLR is really nice for better pictures which cell phone cant. Improving the bulky nature of DSLR and cost is good opportunity for vendors (Sony has alreay done a step)to capture consumers. HD is must, the video size must be reduced (is phenominally large when we shoot HD videos). 3D is interesting, but will take some time for wide adoption (atleast 2-3 years)
I think it's great that cell phone camera technology exploded in 2010, but I think it would be rather silly for us to actually think that these devices will replace even low-end DSLRs and hand-held HD cameras. The control and ease isn't there.
I'm not even sure I understand the need for a new codec in 2011, but maybe I'm not understanding the application that it was suggested for. I can save ~400 RAW 15MP photos to my dslr with a fairly inexpensive flash.
In my opinion the two largest features of 2011 across the board from phones to high-end cameras will be built-in HDR processing and 60fps 1080P video.
Flash is also an integral part of Camera. If HB LED is used for flash, CCT (Correlated Color Temperature) and CRI (Color Rendering Index) of LED are also very important. Camera vendor should specify and customer should also check this parameter.
High CRI of 95 to 100 with cool white light (3500K) LED will give you most optimum results. Camera manufacturer can also provide RGBY LEDs and provide end user easy mixing capability to generate light color and luminosity of their required imaging.
It is generally a very good direction to go and customers need A good camera and video is a must.
There are some other aspects that a camera should be good at: SNR, sensitivity, high-number of pixels (zoom), color, small form factor, image stabilizer, DR, focusing, and inexpensive. 3D may be the last to have and it can be a by-product.
Our dreams of pico-projection are damped by the high power requirments of a Hi Performance LEDs,
although niece wishful thinking, IMHO it will be difficult to match portability and long battery life.
I would rather see the multiple exposure/multiple sensor feature implemented, that helps video apps make 180 fisheye views possible, rather than 3D effect on single exposure.
A pico-projector in every camera is the next big step (for cell phones and cameras). I'm impatiently waiting for the day that our computer monitors can be replaced with inexpensive high resolution pico-projectors on the wall or from behind our (frosted glass) physical desk surface.
p_g, I pretty much agree with you, and further, I have also been heard to utter the insipid statement: the better is the enemy of the good. So yes, all sorts of features go into the "cell phone" platform not only because it is ubiquitous, but of course for marketing. One last observation: The good is the enemy of the best.
Camera in cell phones are getting popular due to several reasons.
1) Cell is almost carried everywhere so easily assessable camera.
2) Compromise in feature but do basic job well in daylight. Full-fill 80-90% of need of a common man.
3) Easy and quick upload straight from cell phone is another attractive features.
Its good trade of features Vs easy and usefulness.
@hm excellent point, yeah indeed most of digital cameras are going to have HD video recording buit still so premature. Shoting rate at 7-20fps which is ridiculous if we talk about real HD recording. At least 30fps should be in place with low light Nikons D90 DSLR was the initiator of HD video recording era. Again it was nikon who embedded projection into camera which is still not accepted widely. As 7th id say embedding projection into compact cameras would be widened in near future.
Besides most of the cameras are still recording video at .avi format which requires a lot of memory, why not having divX video formating in camera?