Artificial intelligence promises to change every aspect of our lives when it becomes widespread over the next decade or so in more consumer-facing applications.
And one of those could be a camera if Canon has anything to say about it.
Reports indicate that the Japanese company is developing a PowerShot camera that is powered by nothing less than artificial intelligence. Is there any substance to this story? Probably, because this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of such a thing.
As PetaPixel points out, the company has shown off an AI-powered, fixed-lens camera on two occasions, including the UK’s Photography Show and at CES in Las Vegas. That concept basically showed off a device that more or less takes pictures itself without the need for human input outside of telling it what you want to see in the captures. On its face, such a concept would seem almost anathema to the spirit of the field of photography but that debate is for a later date (and for when we actually have some of these out there passively taking amazing shots in the first place).
Extrapolating this concept further and it would seem to imply that Canon is developing a device that can make professional photographers, especially at events, obsolete. One of the devices that Canon demonstrated to the public carried a “12 megapixel 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor, a 19-57mm equivalent lens, electronic image stabilization, dust and waterproofing, and an internal battery that could last as long as 2.5 hours” and responded to voice commands as well as connected via Bluetooth, WiFi, and USB-C.
It is not lost on many speculators out there that these specs teased then largely match up with the rumored AI-powered camera Canon has on its way. Of course, when we know more, we will be sure to let you know.
What do you think of Canon working on a PowerShot that uses artificial intelligence? Does this sound like something you would be interested in owning? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments section below.
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