In the past 10 years there have been some huge leaps in the way we capture images. The worlds of still and video have been inching closer together. The capabilities of consumer-based cameras have increased tenfold giving them the ability to broadcast to the world. Devices other than cameras have entered the market with some revolutionary imaging capturing products, and companies have entered providing even more capabilities to these products in the form of plug-ins.
Many people are falling in love with the ability to carry multipurpose units like tablets. And because of that we have another dynamic change that is occurring; tablets like the iPad and Android are now being used by production companies to produce TV shows, and making controllers that have the ability to operate several cameras at the same time. Another plus to this use of the tablets is in postproduction where now many of the editing tasks can be done on the fly.
Collabracam, a company that was nominated for the 15th Annual Webby Awards in the best use of a mobile video category, and was the official nominee for the 2010 Webby for best use of a device camera category, has a product that allows you to call the shots, by being able to edit videos of up to four iPhones, iPod Touch and for the iPad2 camera live streaming in real time over local Wi-Fi. This has given many of the smaller production companies an option for how they want to produce their product.
The iPhone has worked itself into the mix with several plug-ins that can make its camera a valuable asset for those who are in this field. The company Procamera (Capture The Moment) has a plug-in that upgrades the iPhone camera to enhance imaging. This app is now available at the Apple App Store, and for the user is a more stable broadcasting unit with a greater ability to generate beautiful imaging to all the social networks, allowing the ability to broadcast to the world.
Other products that have started a revolutionary change have been products like the GoPro Camera a camera that can be worn by its user to produce some very compelling video. Many who are into extreme sports are now wearing their cameras and broadcasting to the world so anyone can join them in their adventures. The makers of the GoPro feel that they have the most versatile camera on the market, and just announced a multi-year sponsorship of the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Just as a few years ago Canon, Nikon, and others introduced video into the DSLR which started merging the still photographer with the video photographers these new products like tablets, and wearable cameras are pushing themselves as the new wave in the imaging industry for professionals and amateurs alike.