If you haven't been to the bythom.com or sansmirror.com Web sites today, you're missing a lot of new information. Indeed, all this week both sites will be very active with updates. On bythom.com we've got the initial commentary on the D4, on sansmirror.com the initial commentary on the Fujifilm X-Pro1, plus both sites have other articles today and will have more all week.
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- To get back to this one last time: Thanks for the new articles on both sites. I have now learned to ignore the list of new articles on http://www.sansmirror.com/, but if you do not keep it up to date it really is better to remove it and maybe link to http://www.sansmirror.com/newsviews/ instead. Again, not meant as a complaint, and thanks for the articles!Jan 17, 2012
- It's kept up to date on a daily basis. Not sure what you're talking about.Jan 17, 2012
- " especially since Polaroid just demonstrated one at CES"
Well, slap me silly and call me a pinata... shows how much I'm paying attention, right?
I don't think Android is a "solution", but I certainly think it's going to be perceived as one. It's true that all cameras have an operating system, but that's why I qualified it with "respectably full-featured", or in other words, better access to the hardware it runs on. Right now we've got piles of closed systems, with so little access to the guts of machines that you can't even call it a "walled garden" like with Apple's ecosystem. Some hackers have managed to get to the guts of Panasonic's cameras, and there's a similar hack for Canon cameras, but not everyone likes to void their warranty.
But yes, Android would be the "quick and easy" solution for the companies, and would be unnecessarily too much a dedicated camera. However, there would also be a marketing bonanza in doing so; Nikon got lots of free press just by putting out one little model with a built-in projector, and Android is still kind of the New Hotness in the tech world. I don't see it for a functionality purpose (although ready access to a pile of camera-related apps would be a plus), but all the pieces are in place for someone to give it a go, and the tech for silicon process is getting to the point where even embedded chips have die area to spare.Jan 17, 2012
- Guess I need to slap you again ;~) Nikon's firmware has been hacked, too (recently in the news, though I don't consider it news because they haven't done anything useful yet).
No, Android is not a solution. Manufacturers that aren't investing in their own solutions can do me-to solutions, much as we've had in the Wintel PC business for many years. The problem is that ultimately, they all want to put their own front end on to differentiate, they all want different things to change in middle to accommodate some Techno Hardware thing they DO have IP on, and they don't have either the product cycle or the engineering resources to do either of those things right. Android is a mess already, and it's only going to get worse. Meanwhile, Apple, Microsoft/Nokia, HP, Blackberry, and a few others do have something they can call their own and can tweak right (though HP is questionable, as they really blew the Palm acquisition and may still blow it completely, and Blackberry seems to be fumble prone). The phone carriers don't care except for a couple of things: can we get it cheap, and can we get customized for us? Android will fill the crap role that all those Samsung and Nokia phones did prior to smartphones, but I doubt anyone, especially Google, will make much money off it. As it is, Apple is gobbling up all the profit that exists in the phone industry that the carriers haven't.Jan 17, 2012
- I agree with Thom not all sites are phone friendly possible, he would have to manage two sites for his content. This is why iPods / tablets sell so well. Phone for short quick things works well and tablet or computers for more demanding apps and sites. The future may make standard sites automatically serve phone content better, personally I want a larger screen for most things.Jan 18, 2012
- I'm just seeing developments in the camera world that parallel the developments in the PC world through the '80s and '90s: Hardware is getting astronomically cheap (compared to the "early days") and they have to figure out something to do with it. It's what happens to a mature market... once the core technology or application is spit-polished and so refined that only minor iterations mark each successive model year, all that's left to do is add bells and whistles.
What some third-party OS offers is access to a giant pile of standards and device drivers, although you bring up a great point about their in-house IP that I didn't consider. However, I'm not bringing this up as something I look forward to; I'm just trying to deconstruct tech trends and use those to anticipate what's coming up. I don't think farting apps on the Nikon D5 would change much in the photo world, although it would probably grab a whole lot of non-photographic attention. :DJan 18, 2012
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