Every year the companies that make cameras reveal some tricks they’ve been holding up their sleeve in anticipation of the huge holiday season splurge and this year is no exception. Though this year the emphasis is definitely on digital and the competition is fierce and not just from other cameras. This year digital cameras are competing in some markets head-to-head against smart phones and other digital devices. The lucky consumer will clearly be the big winner this year as the new features are in some cases nothing short of spectacular.
One of the standouts this year is the Sony WX5, which shoots what looks like 3-D images, which can then be displayed on the Sony 3-D TV sets. The camera achieves this effect by taking 10 quick pictures of whatever you aim at one after another from separate left and right lenses. Then, when the picture you take is shown on the TV, it is shown with the back and forth technology that Sony uses for all of its 3-D imagery to produce what looks like true 3-D pictures.
Another new feature on several cameras is the ability to take low light pictures that appear to have more light than what actually exists when the picture is taken, this so-called enhanced light feature is created by enhancing ambient light and magnifying it which results in much better low light pictures.
Also, some of the new cameras are sporting features that merge GPS capabilities with the pictures you take. Your new camera will then be able to “remember” where it was taken, even if you can’t.
Another cool feature steals from the smart-phones on the market by incorporating touch-screen capabilities that make using the camera quicker and easier. No more fiddling around trying to remember which button gets you to which feature.
Also cool is something a couple of camera’s can do is wait for you to smile on timed pictures before snapping the lens. This ought to make group portraits a lot easier. Along with this feature some are offering the ability to fix problems with people blinking just as the picture is taken. They get around this common annoyance by taking several pictures in a row, one right after the other in quick succession, and then automatically recognizing which ones have open eyes and which don’t and then only showing you the ones where the eyes are all open.
Most digital cameras have had the ability to record motion but now, several of them will give you the ability to burn those moving images to DVD, removing one step for users who wish to save small snippets of video.
And finally, expect to see better close-up capabilities minus the big lenses that we’ve always had to buy, and of course better resolution and sharper images.
All in all, it looks to be a great year to buy and give a digital camera as a gift this year.