In addition to a full slate of leading innovators and executives on its agenda of speakers, the 6Sight Future of Imaging Conference features a select group of attendees with unmatched interest and experience in imaging, and at the end of the conference, these leaders are asked to vote on one pressing issue facing the industry.
This year Connected Cameras were on everyone’s mind: with phones, users capture photos, then select, edit, share, and view them. “Standalone” cameras capture much better images, but that’s where the advantages end. To meet the desires of today’s photography enthusiasts, they have to step up their game.
6Sight’s moderators asked attendees to place their bets as to which of three possibilities would most likely win out in the near future: 1) cameras will remain relatively unchanged in terms of connectivity in the next few years, competing solely on image quality; 2) cameras will add either Wi-Fi or cellular transceivers to let users send images directly from the camera; or 3) cameras will connect to a smart phone the user also carries, and use that device to transmit images — in partnership rather than competition.
Almost no one believed the first option would prove true; cameras must connect. Almost a third voiced support for a completely connected camera that integrated its own transceiver. But the clear choice of the majority of 6Sight’s expert attendees was the camera/phone combination, one that marries the primary strengths of both popular consumer electronics devices.