1. GPS and Google Earth Integration
Currently, one can buy a GPS Addon for certain models of cameras to store the exact location of the place that each photograph was taken. This should be a standard feature in future cameras. All cameras will have a built-in GPS Module and the images can be viewed according to the place they were taken and can be directly geo-tagged in Google Earth. This can be used to find out the precise location, not only the city but within metres of the place.
2. 3D Models
After taking various pictures of the same place from various angles, you will be able to stitch them together into a 3D model of the location. Photosynth by Microsoft already does this but it will take some more time before you can use the software yourself. You can probably also generate 3D Models of objects.
3. Direct Internet Upload
Many cameras are already coming out with Built-in Wifi for transferring images to the computer. But later on, you will be able to directly upload the images on to the internet. You can probably upload them to your Flickr or Picasa Account and then delete them from the camera. This saves space on the camera and also allows to publish your images without the need of a PC. Even advanced systems will give image descriptions according to the place it was taken in. You can also choose to have it printed so that it will be ready when you go back from your vacation.
4. Built in HDR Optimiser
HDR or High Dynamic Range Photography is becoming very popular nowadays. In HDR Photography, multiple images of the same location are taken at different exposure levels and are combined using softwares. In a HDR Optimized camera, we can set it to a ‘HDR’ mode and let it take the images at different exposure levels automatically and combine them too, and thus delivering the final image.
5. Live LCD and Video Recording DSLRs
There are only a handful of Digital SLR Cameras with a Live LCD so we can expect more of these in the future. But not a single DSLR Camera has video recording capability, which gives prosumer cameras an upperhand. I am personally looking forward to the introduction of video recording in DSLRs since there is no technical difficulty that I am aware of.
So, there you go. 5 Features that I would love to see in cameras. If you expect any other features, feel free to post in the comments.
Update – You can read an update and rework of this post over here.