YouTube – ‪iPhone as DSLR‬‏

However ridiculously ungainly this may look now, here we have the future of digital photography. You know, think about it. A super-slim smart phone, like a credit card that you slot into the back, becoming (maybe through blu-tooth) the camera’s touch-screen LCD. Editing, uploading, managing the photos from it without needing a computer, at least for most usage. You have a highly portable and connected imaging device, realising the potential of digital far more than ever before.

Why is the iPhone 4 the most used and uploaded photo-taking device in the world now? Because it’s so convenient to take the photo and even edit it beyond all recognition. Secondly, it’s always connected, with various apps making it even easier to post and annotate the image to whatever site you desire. Built for communication and sharing, whereas, despite all their advances in technical image quality, even compact cameras are reliant on a computer to do most of their editing and to upload. I know, there are some exotic solutions like the Eye-Fi card, but they are far cruder than the iPhone and rely on more expensive purchases, which equals a lack of a purchase for most. So merging the two devices in some way could well be the next step forward, not just for compacts, but for higher end digital cameras.

Journalists can get their shots up faster as much as bloggers and they can be high quality ones shot with extreme lenses, rather than just the iPhone camera. I really see potential for this kind of convergence. Forget about the iPhone, say hello to the Eye-Phone!

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  1. Right now I’d have to agree with you, but the biggest problem with DSLRs is their big size! With digital sensors replacing film, a lot of the bulk is redundant and more minimal form factors are on the ascendant. Their greatest challenger is the likes of M 4/3 or, more so because of it’s quality, Sony Nex, which by being slim, this reminded me of.

    Such a modular camera system could well catch on in the future, if not with the pros then with the consumers who are mostly buying DSLRs with a kit lens for the image quality and low light ability. A much smaller camera that could offer this, perhaps with lens upgrades for those who want it, could well steal their fickle attention, the same way tablets could surpass laptops when they are functional enough. For the moment, though, evolutionary DSLRs rather than revolutionary slim designs reign supreme.

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  2. I personally think anyone that is investing this may as well just get a dSLR.

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    • I personally think anyone that is investing this may as well just get a dSLR. Image quality would still be much better than what the iPhone is capable of. And dSLR’s just have a much better form factor. Doesn’t it feel odd holding a phone up that way?

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