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:

YouTube Channel Launched

26 May 2010

I have recently launched my YouTube Channel, which features a selection of uploaded videos / clips featuring me to showcase my work activities.  The clips which are currently available on the channel include extracts from videos shown at past conferences to highlight the development, success and the sustainability of the successful workplace learning centre I previously managed and developed.  They also illustrate some benefits of workplace learning, e-learning courses and partnership working.

Eventually, more clips will be uploaded.  To view the YouTube Channel go to

View the embedded clips below:

Union Learning Services Conference Video Clip

Workplace E-Learning Congress TV Video Clip

Learning Services Conference – E-Learning Workshop

21 February 2010

During our Learning Services Conference, I delivered a workshop on e-learning with a colleague.  The workshop was repeated three times during the conference on each day of the three days it was held between 19th February and 21st February, to ensure all delegates were able to attend and participate within the session.

The purpose of the workshop was to provide information and a demonstration of the new e-learning Skills for Life project, e-learning opportunities available, how the system works, activity to get delegates thinking of possible barriers to Skills for Life via e-learning, feedback problems and presented some typical barriers, discussed the timeline, training requirements and new developments in relation to the project.  Over 120 delegates attended the event, which was the 6th Learning Services Conference held in Cardiff, Wales.

Preparing to deliver workshop as delegates arrive