DSLRs of the future are going to bring some exciting new features to the world of photography. Just yesterday we talked about Canon that is supposedly working towards building a modular DSLR of sorts.
Today, we change sides and look towards Canon’s arch-enemy – Nikon – which also seems to have something quite interesting going on, DSLR-wise.
According to a patent discovered by Egami, Nikon’s next-gen DSLR might pack a system that will allow the camera to provide actual physical feedback, in an attempt to guide photographers compose better pictures.
The documents describe a DSLR camera capable of snapping moving objects without having to look through the viewfinder to locate them. Instead, the camera will take advantage of vibration in order to guide the user through the shooting process.
The patent that was published back on September 8, 2014 talks about a camera coming equipped with a vibration mechanism which lives in the shutter release button and around the parts of the camera held by the photographer.
When having to shoot a subject that is moving, the camera helps track the subject and detects the direction the photographer needs to aim his/her gear towards.
So with the help of vibrating feedback, the photographer knows the subject has remained in frame, without having to check the viewfinder or LCD screen.
Take into consideration that the camera outlined above only appears in a patent and not every device that shows up in documents ends up in retail shelves. In all possibility, Nikon might just be experimenting with the idea and nothing more.
However, DSLRs providing physical feedback to photographers is an interesting concept. Lately, we have shown you the Japanese device maker is toying with several interesting ideas.
For example, a few days ago we brought you word about another patent outlining a possible Nikon smartphone camera, bearing a resemblance to the Sony QX-Series.
The concept was inspired by products like the Ricoh GXR camera, which is a device that supports alternate sensor, lenses and even image processor.
The Nikon smartphone camera is basically made up of a camera body that can accommodate a smartphone company.
This way photographers are given the opportunity to control what happens with the camera by virtue of an Android interface (we can assume Android will be the first choice).
If the camera in the patent passes the real life test, it might arrive on the market as a mirrorless or compact camera. Couple this with a new Nikon DSLR and the company would keep its fans happy for a while.