10 photography products that could be successful in next 5 years

  1. Resurgence of film

more people using film cameras now than ever, trying to get the retro look, or realising you cant beat the quality a photo shot on a proper film SLR camera with a good film can give you.

2 compact system cameras

miles easier to hold than a full on digital SLR body, also with sensor technology improving, this has made them a serious contender for new cameras when upgrading or buying into the newer technology.

3. Mirrorless Cameras

cameras that donot have a mirror to move up and down when pressing the shutter button which can introduce shake into the photograph at certain shutter speeds, these will take over from normal DSLR’s in the near future as technology improves and the problem between digital and optical veiwfinders is addressed fully

4. Drones

flying things with a camera on, not the type of bees…  these are hugely popular already with some photographers and film ( also pratts with no idea how to use them ) for being able to use high quality imaging products and find new perspectives on a photograph or film than you could get before without a lot of scaffolding, big budgets and a lot of extra technology.

5. liquid lenses

The liquid lens uses electrical signals to shape a drop of liquid to focus light on the film plane. According to some, liquid lenses offer the potential for an 85% size reduction in lenses, and they’ve already been used in a number of imaging devices like security cameras and barcode scanners.

So far, no one’s been able to build a liquid lens large enough and sharp enough for use on a high-end digital camera, but the potential isn’t lost on lens manufacturers. Olympus, Sony, Samsung and Canon have all filed patents for liquid lens systems.

Perhaps some day, one of them will be wheeling out super-telephoto lenses just a few inches long with lightning fast focus based on these designs. One thing’s for sure: the first one to get it right will be a force to be reckoned with in the lens market.

6. Phone controlled camera apps.

Tech savvy camera-owners have already found plenty of ways to tinker with their gear on the back-end. The folks at Magic Lantern, for example, have already figured out how to grab RAW video from certain Canon DSLRs, and have even put a simple video game on the Canon EOS 7D.

But just recently, Sony released the Application Programming Interface (API) for a small portion of its camera lineup, allowing developers to build apps for smartphones that can communicate with wireless Sony cameras. It looks like Sony hopes third parties will use this information to build wi-fi remotes for its cameras. It’s a positive sign that Sony is open to distributing proprietary data to the public, just like Apple did for its iPhones back in 2008.

If Sony, or another camera manufacturer, continue down this path and open up more of their private development tools, they’re sure to see new and inspired programs created for their cameras.

It’s hard to say what these might look like (from modded menu screens to innovative autofocus systems), and it’s likely that we couldn’t yet conceive of the most promising possibilities. Imagine, for example, trying to predict ahead of time how Instagram would ultimately revolutionize both photography and smartphone usage.

7. Light L6 Camera

ok this one is a gamble, but phone companies if they can put this into a normal handset without comprimising on size or quality will be snapping up this tech to market thier phones as DSLR beaters

The Light L6 was definitely a head-turner in Las Vegas this year and it’s poised to be a real game changer. It uses a new approach to folded optics design to pack DSLR quality into a slim and streamlined camera body. It’s like having a camera body, zoom, and prime lenses right in your pocket.

This pocket-sized point-and-shoot has 16 different lenses (five 35mm, five 70mm and six 150mm lenses) each with 13 megapixels and multiple sensors, all working together to create exposures at different focal lengths, with the end result being high resolution DSLR-quality photographs.

There’s an algorithm somewhere in there that blends those individual images together. All that and it shoots 4K video, too. With a combined 52 megapixels, you can even edit your photos right after you take them using the 5-inch touchscreen.

should do better than the Lytro Ilyum anyway.

8 Polaroid Snap +

Polaroid Snap+ is a click-and-print camera. With an integrated printer, you can print full color 2×3” prints (and stickers) in under a minute when an image is captured—along with filter options in black and white, color, and vintage sepia, even an option to print with the classic Polaroid boarder, to add a bit of retro flare to your series.

“Above all things, our brand is known for being fun and for the nostalgic instant photography experience which is our legacy. Now that we’ve reinvigorated that experience with digital technologies, its allowing Polaroid to reintroduce the idea of ‘click and print’ photography to a new generation of consumers,“ said Scott W. Hardy, President and CEO of Polaroid.

Bringing Polaroid into the 21st century, the Snap+ is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity so you can share an edited image from your smartphone or tablet and print it off on the camera, all via a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD. With up to 128MB of expandable memory, you can even take hours of filtered 1080p HD video with no hesitation.

The Polaroid Snap+ might be a fun stocking stuffer for the holidays because this one won’t be coming out until the end of 2016.

kids will love this printing out photos onto stickers and putting them everywhere that thier parents dont want them or cant remove them from!

9. Action Cameras

In a post-GoPro world, it’s clear that there’s a market for durable action cameras. We definitely have an appreciation for the dynamic video and photography that can be created on surfboards and skis. For a while, GoPro was the top of this niche, but now they have some competition.

Nikon KeyMission 360

Nikon officially announced their foray into the action camera market with the KeyMission 360. It has image sensors and lenses on both sides of the device to create 360-degree video in 4K and will be the first consumer-friendly VR camera.

The Nikon KeyMission 360 is built for action with a rugged waterproof housing (up to depths of 100 feet) and able to withstand up to a 6-foot drop.

The camera’s actual specs haven’t been announced yet, but the KeyMission 360 is shaping up to be a worthy opponent to GoPro’s share of the action camera market.

Expect to see this in spring of 2016.

10. mobile phone photography

companies such as zeiss developing add on lenses for iphones, tripod mounts being made for most sized mobile phones, image quality being made better and better by hardware and software inside the phones, unfortunately its already taken over the world and people dont see the need for a DSLR now as they use thier phones for taking the photos they need.

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