I was sitting somewhere today with neither a camera nor wifi (horror!), and pulled out my $40 sansa e250 that has rockbox installed on it. So I was playing doom on it—it actually does a pretty good job running it—and started thinking about what these tiny ARM processors can do these days. Why shouldn't my camera be able to do some of the things that my iPod touch can do?
I thought we could list some things that camera firmware of the future could do just in case Nikon ever reads things like this (probably a presumptuous notion). Or, they could just open up the development, release a stable version and let people choose to live on the bleeding edge if they want to get the newest features. Conservative types and adventurous types could both be satisfied.
Here are a couple features I'd like.
1. I've often wanted to be able to give pictures to family members or friends but it's usually such a hassle because there's no easy way to do it right after you take them. These days almost everyone has a GB or two of SD memory on them, in a phone or maybe their own camera or whatever. I'd like to be able to select a batch of NEFs, have them processed to jpeg and put on the buffer so that then the memory card can be switched and the pictures can be written to the other card from the buffer. Of course, dual slots could also solve this problem.
2. Peggle. Seriously.