Smart Cameras, and No We Are Not Talking About Your Smart Phone
Intro to GPS Cameras
With the world being more connected there is information being shared constantly about nearly everything. More and more cameras are coming with an increased number of features, usually to fulfill the needs of taking a better photograph or having more options in which the photographer is able to produce a photo. Now, there are more and more features available to cameras, especially as of recent. Some cameras now days are GPS capable, and yes phones are able to do this too, but these new GPS locators are equipped on professional grade cameras all the way to point and shoot, everyday cameras. This feature allows the amount of data that is stored about a photo to increase to include the location where the photo is taken.
This data from photos, metadata, can be used in a variety of ways. With the ability to geotag photographs in the metadata while taking them is a huge step in the right direction, especially for photo journalists. Many journalists travel and take hundreds if not thousands of photos a day. On a long or busy day, they can walk many miles, talk to many people and still have to go through those photos, selecting the best ones, and then often times try to remember everything they can about that photograph. After a long day, and so many pictures, that task becomes quite large.
The GPS camera feature can allow photographers to remember one less thing. They can even plot their path if they are doing a photographic series. Perhaps some of the most interesting application of the GPS technology is that they can easily send in a photograph and have it be validated with news organizations that it was actually taken on location. This data adds legitimacy to the photograph, making any fact checking process for authenticity go faster.
Further in the Future
With the technology for cameras continuing to progress, it would not be unreasonable to think a popular standard in 10-20 years will be cloud connecting live. This would allow photographers the ability to take photos and have them be uploaded at the same time. The advent of this implementation could allow for photos to be stored even in the event of something happening to the camera, along with allowing people to follow a photographer live. This could also allow a photographer to be shooting live and an editor at a news station be able to sort through pictures and send them through their news outlet faster.
This technology will make news more accessible and allow the sharing of images and, with improved speeds, videos in close to real time; thus, images that are worth a thousand words, would be available in less than one thousand seconds.