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Next Generation Digital Photography


Technology is moving at an alarming rate and this means big changes in the way we capture our photos. Its hard to believe that the first DSLR was introduced by Nikon just 15 years ago. At that time, these new technological advances showed us that Digital was the way forward despite not being perfect. Now, the DSLR is the staple camera of choice for any photographer. But what will be in store next? Here we look at some of the next-gen digital cameras making a splash.

Lytro Illum

Lytro Illum Camera

The new Lytro Illum is the second generation light field camera from Lytro. The Illum is a point and shoot camera which captures information about the angle from which light arrives. The device then allows the user to adjust the perspective and focus after the image has already been captured.

This is a premium camera, priced at approximately £1100


OTTO Camera

If you’re a big user of the interent, you will have no doubt seen a fair few animated GIF images. They seem to be the staple of most forums and social media platforms, with users having to use software to transform small video captures into animated clips. Now, though all of that will change thanks to the OTTO camera.

The OTTO is the first dedicated animated GIF camera. Powered by a Raspberry Pi computer, the OTTO is hackable, allowing users to modify and create different modes and operations (such as time-lapse). The possibilities only end with the users imagination. The OTTO is wifi enabled so users can quickly share their creations.

It is expected to go on sale in December 2014, priced at approximately £170

Ricoh WG-4 GPS

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Camera

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS is an adventure camera designed for thrill-seekers and those looking for high adventure. The camera features a 4x optical zoom F2.0 lens which excels in underwater shooting. It has without doubt been designed for shooting in the harshest of conditions, with its shake reduction technology meaning the user can capture images amongst the waves, or climbing up a rocky cliff.

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS offers time lapse and super slow motion and optional GPS for geotagging. It is also a hardy little camera which can handle a 2m drop, travel 14 metres below sea level and withstand temperatures up to -10 degrees. Priced at approximately £350

Samsung NX1

Samsung NX1 Camera

The Samsung NX1 is being hailed as the best professional level compact camera. It offers 4k video recording, a 28MP back-illuminated sensor, 15fps shooting and 205 AF points. With Wifi connectivity, it should be easier to share your images straight to social networks. It also comes with a range of valuable features, including action freeze, fireworks, multi-exposure and 3D still image.

The price tag will be set at £1299

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