Canon Shows Future Camera Concept with Incredible Resolution
The camera industry is facing stiff competition from the growing number of cell phones with cameras embedded in them, but a new concept camera from Canon hopes to counter that trend.
The Wonder Camera, shown at the World Expo 2010 looks like a futuristic DSLR. The outward design is less important than the features demonstrated. The Wonder Camera eschews the common separation of image cameras and video cameras , a distinction that is already being blurred by the latest generation of cameras.
Canon's Wonder Camera takes it a step further by shooting in ultra-high resolution. In order to take a picture, the user just pauses the image where she likes.
The incredible high-resolution also allows the user to zoom in quite a distance without losing image quality. It basically renders the zoom lens unnecessary, although the Wonder Camera concept still included a hefty lens.
The following video, from Gizmag, shows a Wonder Camera demo at the World Expo. Jump to around the three minute mark to see details on the camera features.
The Wonder Camera demo also included other common features, such as facial recognition. However, the Wonder Camera was not only able to recognize faces in the crowd, but which faces were smiling.
While the Wonder Camera is just a concept for now, the demo shows that Canon already has the facial recognition technology in working order. While the company was talking in terms of decades, it's clear some Wonder Camera features may appear much sooner.