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09/04/2006 05:05:52 PM · #1
What feature do you wish your camera had, but doesn't? And I don't mean features that are available on other cameras, but not yours. I'm talking features that to your knowledge, no camera has yet.

Me? I wish there was a button to quickly reset my camera to a set of defaults that I specify. i.e., I like to keep my camera on ISO 100, f11, Auto White Balance, large jpeg, single shot. If I go out shooting and reset to ISO 200, f18, custom white balance, RAW, multishot, I want one button to reset everything, rather than needing to reset each one individually.

How about you?
09/04/2006 05:13:49 PM · #2
Originally posted by larryslights:

Me? I wish there was a button to quickly reset my camera to a set of defaults that I specify. i.e., I like to keep my camera on ISO 100, f11, Auto White Balance, large jpeg, single shot. If I go out shooting and reset to ISO 200, f18, custom white balance, RAW, multishot, I want one button to reset everything, rather than needing to reset each one individually.

Gee, most cameras have a "Custom" shooting mode where you can enter your own set of default settings as you describe.
09/04/2006 05:16:42 PM · #3
I want ISO 12800 with no noise.

Yeah I know....dream on. :-D
09/04/2006 05:16:47 PM · #4
Spot metering...and a really big piece of L-glass

09/04/2006 05:19:31 PM · #5
Everything I wish my camera had....

is pretty much in my camera :)
09/04/2006 05:20:50 PM · #6
solar powered would be nice. Sick of charging batteries every day.

09/04/2006 05:22:15 PM · #7
Originally posted by Bugzeye:

solar powered would be nice. Sick of charging batteries every day.


That would make night shots tough.
09/04/2006 05:23:36 PM · #8
about a 4" lcd screen for easy review.
09/04/2006 05:23:45 PM · #9
Originally posted by vxpra:

Originally posted by Bugzeye:

solar powered would be nice. Sick of charging batteries every day.


That would make night shots tough.


Um.. you charge throughout the day ;)

Also, sun lamps work.
09/04/2006 05:26:00 PM · #10
I'd love a 'pro mode' button, my cams seem to come set with 'average mode' as the default setting :(
09/04/2006 05:26:35 PM · #11
Originally posted by Artyste:

Originally posted by vxpra:

Originally posted by Bugzeye:

solar powered would be nice. Sick of charging batteries every day.


That would make night shots tough.


Um.. you charge throughout the day ;)

Also, sun lamps work.


Dang, you foresaw my next problem.


09/04/2006 05:29:28 PM · #12
I wish my camera had a DPC-meter... everytime I took a pic, it would show a "predicted score" graph!

Hey maybe I should copyright this...

:-)
09/04/2006 05:33:20 PM · #13
I want a large, live view, swivel LCD screen.
09/04/2006 05:35:55 PM · #14
Like you used to get in the old chess machines in the 80s, I would like a slot for say a SD or a CF card that contained the photographic personality of a master (or group of 'em) that could offer advice in the viewfinder when composing a shot.

So, if I am shooting a landscape I could imagine an "Ansel Adams" personality talking me through the zones. If I were shooting models then a "David Bailey" talking about poses and composition and dynamics. And then if I were taking nude cheese - well maybe one too far!

But you get the picture (or I would if I had this support)...

Message edited by author 2006-09-04 17:36:26.
09/04/2006 05:40:57 PM · #15
That would be my second most wanted feature. great idea. write to nikon and canon and tell them to get working on it.

Originally posted by pacpinto:

I wish my camera had a DPC-meter... everytime I took a pic, it would show a "predicted score" graph!

Hey maybe I should copyright this...

:-)

09/04/2006 05:43:11 PM · #16
Originally posted by obsidian:

Like you used to get in the old chess machines in the 80s, I would like a slot for say a SD or a CF card that contained the photographic personality of a master (or group of 'em) that could offer advice in the viewfinder when composing a shot.

So, if I am shooting a landscape I could imagine an "Ansel Adams" personality talking me through the zones. If I were shooting models then a "David Bailey" talking about poses and composition and dynamics. And then if I were taking nude cheese - well maybe one too far!

But you get the picture (or I would if I had this support)...


My kinda luck mine would short and all it would say is "Stupid, Stupid......"

I do wish mine had IR flash control built in.

Message edited by author 2006-09-04 17:44:29.
09/04/2006 05:46:28 PM · #17
Originally posted by Beetle:

I want a large, live view, swivel LCD screen.


See Olympus E330
09/04/2006 06:02:30 PM · #18
Inflatable tripod in the bottom.
Parachute in case I let it fall off a cliff.

09/04/2006 06:10:26 PM · #19
I'd like a micrometer dial in adjustment for minor corrections for autofocus errors. You could then program the offset into the camera and it would automatically adjust when you mount the lense.
09/04/2006 06:24:32 PM · #20
Manual focus, and more than two aperture choices at each zoom level.
09/04/2006 06:39:38 PM · #21
WiFi

Take a picture, and it is instantly saved to your hard drive on your computer. (without wires!)
09/04/2006 07:30:59 PM · #22
When shooting sports... I wish I could tell the camera "what to follow" so that it could keep the focus on the player rather than getting confused and focusing on the high contrast turf that is 25 feet behind him!

And, althought I love the low noise (even at ISO 1600) and the high dynamic range of my 5D, I would still wish for more. Higher ISO, lower noise, greater dynamic range. (one can dream, can't he?)

09/04/2006 07:42:35 PM · #23
1) More customisation of the firmware; API availablity e.t.c.
2) Wi-Fi.
3) User-definable button instead of the stupid "print" button - could be assigned to any menu function as per user (maybe a couple of buttons).
4) Image Stabilisation in camera.
5) Sensor cleaning (I see this is on the new XT).
6) Auto ISO upgrade in AV/TV mode as an option.
7) A LOT better timer options - think functions like on the expensive remote - take x pictures at x interval for x frames or similar.
8) A seconds SD card slot and a setting to allow camera to write to both serially (I know the 1-series has an SD slot as well but I think this is in parr not serial).
9) Weather seals (obviously available on the 1-series and Nikons).

Some of these need me to throw more $ to upgrade :-) but others are not available in any of the Cannon models.
09/04/2006 08:06:10 PM · #24
I wish my camera had:

A very highly paid photographer behind the viewfinder :-)
09/04/2006 08:09:40 PM · #25
Wow, that's an easy one. Dust removal system that works. Not the worthless ultrasonic sthck.
It'd be easy, just some clear thin film held in front of the cut-off filter. Have a spool in one side of the camera, and takeup spool on the other, just like film. ;) Have button to push to advance one frame of clear film when you discover a sensor booger. (hmm, with the current censoring threads maybe I shouldn't say booger.) Naw, Booger Booger Booger booger.

Also have an additional shutter just behind the lens mount that closes when you change lenses. That would help keep dust out of the chamber in the first place. This shouldn't be hard for camera companies to accomplish. They've been using shutters and film for over 50 years!
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