WiFi “should be a standard feature” in digital cameras

"Vendors need to make 2012 the Year of the Connected Camera" says market research firm InfoTrends. One step along the road to built-in radio control of lights?

Samsung NX210

Market research company InfoTrends has released its predictions for the North American consumer digital camera industry.

Consumer electronics such as televisions, computers, games consoles, mobile phones and tablets are increasingly being connected with wireless services. But, said the company, “if digital cameras do not integrate with this ecosystem, they run the risk of being left out of the equation”.

Samsung NX210

InfoTrends noted that a “handful” of interchangeable lens cameras – such as the new Nikon D3200 and Samsung NX range – have been introduced with WiFi built-in or as an optional accessory.

“Vendors need to increase the velocity of these introductions and make 2012 the Year of the Connected Camera. Camera vendors can no longer continue solely down the path of standalone digital cameras. All vendors should have at least one WiFi enabled point & shoot or ILC model in their line-up, and move towards offering WiFi as a standard feature.”

The forecasts come as part of InfoTrends’ North America Consumer Digital Camera Forecast: 2011-2017.

With some lighting manufacturers also starting to build WiFi into their kit, might cameras and lights eventually end up fully connected, making third-party radio triggers obsolete? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.