Advances in Digital Camera Features

9 August 2010

There has been many developments in technology over the past few years that have contributed to the advancement of digital cameras, resulting in new features being introduced.  Although, you might have thought that digital cameras already possessed a variety of useful features, tools and didn’t need any additional functions, some of the latest options are useful and explored within this article.  Over time, aspects such as picture quality, memory, speed and battery life have naturally increased, as you would expect due to advances in technology.

The following lists some of the latest developments and features that have been built into digital cameras:

  • Social Networking integration – Social Media upload function (such as the ability to upload pictures to a photo sharing site like Flickr or a video to YouTube, depending on the manufacturer / model, other social media services are supported)
  • High Definition / HD quality (both for picture and video content)
  • 3D photos (leading on from HD, another new feature is 3D technology, useful for recording panoramas, people and objects)
  • Touch screen (greater emphasis on integrating and using touch screen technology instead of buttons to reduce size of camera and remove the need to add certain buttons and dials)
  • Face detection improvements (ability to register, tag and save faces of friends and family)
  • Blog cameras (some manufacturers have introduced cameras in a pocket size format specifically with bloggers in mind for recording video blogs)
  • Panorama sweep mode (instead of previously taking several seperate shots, the camera now has the ability to take one single sweep and automatically stitch the pictures together)
  • Front LCD panel (useful for taking self-portrait shots and on some camera models, ability to display a smiley face to ensure children smile)
  • Built-in GPS (to record location details and automatically geotag photos)
  • Better quality and advanced camera functions incorporated into camera phones and smartphones

There are other features that have recently been added to digital cameras and in the future, there will be more new functions introduced and current features enhanced.  However, the list above represents what I feel to be the most significant and useful developments in recent times in digital camera technologies.

The latest features explored above have been incorporated into my existing course – Using a Digital Camera and Digital Imaging.  This course introduces learners to digital cameras and digital imaging.  For more information, please visit: