The digital camera of the future?

NadiaA German designer named Andrew Kupresanin has come up with a digital camera called ‘Nadia’ that assesses the aesthetic beauty of the photograph you’re taking. Rather than show a LCD viewfinder image of what you’re shooting, it displays a percentage. The higher the figure is to 100%, then supposedly the “better” the picture, presumably taking into account a number of the “rules” that make a good photograph (eg. the rule of thirds) as well as contrast/lighting, etc. Although perhaps a little primitive in this version, it’s makes for an interesting alternative to the way we normally take photographs and I wonder if this is an add-on feature that might be integrated into digital cameras of the future.

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  1. Kay McMahon says:

    It’s an interesting idea but I can’t say I’m enthusiastic about it. Photography – colour, composition etc – is so subjective. How can a machine tell me whether or not I’m about to take a good photo?

    Yes, I understand about the rule of thirds and all that, but what makes a good photo is as much about the person behind the lens as anything else. I wouldn’t buy one of these, although I’d have a go with one if the opportunity was offered.

    Meanwhile I’ll stick to my Canon DSLR.

  2. John says:

    Like Kay, I’m also not so sure that some software built in to a digital camera can help you take better photos. At the basic level good photography is about making sure that the picture in your viewfinder is good before pressing the button. I know I can improve my photos by reading up on technique, looking at other great photos, discussing with friends etc. Timing is also important. Having a camera ready to take a shot can lead to great photos, but also taking time to get the right light, shooting position and framing is important.
    The one gadget, I would appreciate, is an auto level in the camera, but find I can use the Picassa straighten tool if I don’t quite get my photo straight.

  3. Kay McMahon says:

    Hi John

    Yes, an auto level would be great! I’m right-handed but left-eyed (if that makes sense) so I hold the camera a bit differently to most people (for portrait format shots)and as a result get quite a few squinty photos. I fix ’em up in PhotoShop. I used to have to be more careful in the pre-digi days!

  4. Paul Johnson says:

    Whilst I wouldn’t buy *that* camera, I like quite like the concept that we can use technology to help us take pictures. Whether it be rule of thirds, a perfectly horizontal horizon or whatever, I think it’s nice to have these kinds of things built into a camera and available should you wish to use them. Indeed, many things are already built into cameras that we perhaps nowadays take for granted – eg. auto white balance. For all we know, other ideas like this one could become standard features in the future.

  5. Sounds like an interesting device, but I am not sure I would be willing to turn my photography over to a computerized device. Thanks for the information in this post.

  6. irene says:

    not sure about this one, i’ve got to agree with kay, i always think what makes a photograph is eye of the photographer, we all see things differently and don’t always use the rules to produce great pictures.

  7. Karen Scammell says:

    Nooo way, that is going too far! The human eye and that lack of consistency and sometimes choosing to not be perfect is what makes great photos sometimes. Can’t see it catching on. Photogrpahy is a creative hobby.

  8. Emily M says:

    Hmmm sounds like it’s taking the love out of photography a little bit, it’s about capturing a moment!

  9. Kylie Martin says:

    I am not fond of this concept to be honest. The whole thrill of photography is viewing the scene and capturing it. I like to have some manual control also, this seems a bit too robotic to me.

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