[Gear] WIFI Enabled Cameras. How Will This Affect The Industry?
With all the announcements coming out of CES 2012 in Las Vegas this week, there is one particular announcement that perhaps flew under the radar. Maybe not so much for the actual camera, as for one specific trait said camera can perform, and furthermore what it means for future cameras in general.
What is interesting about the new Samsung WB850F camera is its built in WIFI chip. Much like most modern smartphones, this allows the camera to jump online and instantly send photos out as emails. Obviously this being 2012, the camera also includes the ability to publish photos directly to the usual suspects of social networks. This certainly isn’t the first camera to include the ability to send photos over WIFI or to social networks. What makes this camera different is how tightly integrated into the system this sharing functionality is. It’s clearly not an afterthought tacked on to the list of specs. More importantly, what does this growing trend mean for future generations of DSLR’s?
Do you see this functionality making its way into consumer DSLR’s? If there was such functionality in a DSLR would you even use it? Will there be a professional DSLR with built in WIFI that allows wireless tethering? (Without having to purchase a separate big $$$ grip). We all know the technology is there now. I feel like the question isn’t if this will happen, but more so when will this happen? Sound off in the comments with your thoughts!