Of course, the camera has come an inordinately long way since the creation of rudimentary optical devices, such as the camera obscura, both in terms of aesthetics and practicality. From the days of celluloid and the fixed focus lens, right up to the present technically adept offerings from market leading manufacturers, the modern digital camera is a revolution in the image capturing age.
With their proliferation and popularity, virtually every household now possesses one or more digital cameras. Their accessibility and user-friendly technology enables everyone to take picture perfect frames with ease, without the necessity of a dark room or photo lab for developing images.
What's more, modern cameras have become much more than simply a device with which you capture an image. Digital cameras of the 21st century now also enable users to record audio and film home movies, pick and choose successful images and even print high resolution photographs from your home computer, with camera docking stations and photo quality printing paper.
Photographs taken on digital cameras can also be enhanced, brightened, converted to black and white or sepia tone, cropped and resized all on one digital machine. And not only are they practical and convenient, but digital cameras are more affordable to buy now than ever.
Indeed, it was only a few years ago that high resolution sensors and image stabilizers, automatic exposure and image processing marked your camera out as relatively future-proof. Now, advancements such as inbuilt Wi-Fi to enable instant downloading of your images, as well as touchscreen technology, are keeping modern digital cameras ahead of the game.
Furthermore, experts have suggested that computational photography and non-photorealistic photography could become standard applications in digital cameras of the future. In this vein, in the future, rather than simply capturing an image, your digital camera could be used to create a completely new type of picture; by taking an image and turning it into another, such as with a watercolour effect, or adding fictional elements. In addition, in the future, images could be enhanced with an automatic depth of field tool, which would universally improve image focus no matter how near or far an item appears in the photo.
The digital camera of the future will undoubtedly continue to expand on the practical elements it possesses as a general recording and capturing device. It seems as though the potential for feature-rich digital cameras to become further integrated into our lives is manifold.
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