What will cameras be like 20 years from now? Here's one vision of the future, the Canon Wonder Camera, rolled out today at The World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. It's more like a super-high resolution camcorder than a camera, and it'll be able to shoot circles around today's cameras. Too bad it looks like a glorified hairdryer.
Using this camera looks like a no-brainer. Canon makes broad claims, saying everything will be in focus all the time, and even when you are shooting images with enormously long zooms, the camera can keep the frame perfectly stable. It'll shoot thousands of frames at a time, letting you choose the one still that's perfect, or keep them all in a sequence as a video.
The camera will shoot such high-resolution photos, later on your computer you'll be able to select which part of the frame you'd like to use, with no discernible loss of sharpness. So that means all you need to do is point your camera in the general direction of what you'd like to capture, and the camera's ultra-high resolution gives you nearly unlimited editing capabilities.
Sounds far-fetched, but Canon had a demonstration unit on hand, albeit one that required a bulky backpack to make it work. While a lot of this was probably smoke and mirrors, still, it looks like the technology is far enough along to be available much sooner than 20 years from now.