Camera concepts

This Samsung NX-S1 concept camera incorporates an Android phone as part of a "smart" camera. Similar camera concept exists for the iPhone.


Instagram Socialmatic camera concept by ARD Studio:

This Iris camera concept by  Mimi Zou is biometrically-enabled and controlled by your eye:

Flexible SLR concept by the designer Arti Patel:

“The meshed body is expandable and collapsible and is controlled by body holders making this SLR a lightweight & portable camera to carry around for daily use. OLED screen at the back lets the users do unlimited framing, as it stretches out in multiple directions (i.e. for landscape pictures, it becomes wider while taking pictures helping photographers to shot in scenes) This SLR Camera solves the current gap in Camera design, and fulfills the very basic needs and answers to daily frustrations of photographers.”

Pentax Si camera concept by Andrew Kim:

The Sky View Camera concept by Junho Yoon can be thrown in the air and take pictures from above while slowly coming down. The camera can also be placed on flat surfaces:

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  • manufacturers obviously have no idea how try to push their crappy P&S down people throats.
    get over it. Full frame or go home. Only few will pay to have bulk and in the end only few percents better photos then come from iphone.
    Lookup “innovation” in wiki. Nowadays camera still offer nothing except snapshotting over old film rangefinders.

  • This is good way to push more consumers back to film cameras.

  • tkpenalty

    awesome concept for NX-1S, however the design could be a bit better. It really would be awesome to have all samsung smartphones compatible in that manner though.

    • Dreamgirl

      Samsung don’t need concept NX cameras on show – they need attractive cameras in the shops. Their lens range has some good models, but they won’t even get consideration until there’s something competitive to fasten them to.

  • Mark

    I recommend Impossible Project _film_ if you’re hungry for nostalgia and instant film. Their Protection film is now available and the light issues have been fixed, no need to shield the film coming out of your camera.

    They also have an iphone instant lab coming, where you can get your iphone shots transfered to their instant film. There should be a couple of cameras coming next year also. The future is looking good. Did I mention, 8×10″ large format instant film is back too?

    That Instagram design is beautiful, love the look.

  • Calibrator

    Most of these designs are like showroom supercars of the 30ies to 50ies when people actually believed that we all would drive – or fly – a car powered by a nuclear reactor some day.

    Some argue that design is the most important aspect here and that technology has to submit to it.
    IMHO that’s true to a large extent but if the tech needed has to be so advanced that the driving force behind the design (Instagram) is long forgotten when it can actually be built then the design is nothing more than a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist.

    The Samsung design is complete bollocks, too, as it requires a smartphone (of the same company, of course). Now, we all know that smartphones rarely live longer than two years with their “adopters” and have a shelf life of about a year.
    This means that the smartphone will be superseded quickly and the now old phone will permanently reside in its camera exoskeleton, which I bet will be incompatible with next year’s smartphone wonder, anyway. All hail planned obsolescence!
    Conclusion: In the real world there is simply no reason for such an add-on to exist, except satisfy geeky customers with too much money to throw around.

    IMHO it’s therefore infinitely better to just build a better camera and perhaps the test-balloons that Samsung and Nikon just have launched (Android-based compacts) are indeed *one* of the successful ways of the future: Take a photo with a competent camera (better than smartphone quality) and do some post-processing with your favorite apps right away.

    However, it is my strong belief that for *casual* photos no device is better suited than your phone or whatever universal device we will be carrying all the time in the future.
    A specialized camera will more than ever need a good justification for its existence than today (ruggedness, image quality, professional options etc.).

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