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Nikon Cameras May Soon Include Email

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According to a patent filed in June 2007, Nikon is looking into adding an email client directly into their point-and-shoot cameras (DSLR users can breathe a sigh of relief). This would allow people to quickly email photographs from their cameras, rather than have to transfer them to a computer first.

Obviously this is being done more and more these days through the use of cameraphones, and having email capabilities in a camera might not be very useful unless the camera can access the Internet from anywhere. However, email capabilities would be extremely useful on a trip if you don’t have your laptop with you.

What do you think of this idea? Do point-and-shoot cameras need email?

(via Nikon Rumors)


 
 
  • http://twitter.com/eugenephotoblog Eugene

    I am not a fan of this idea, but I am sure there are consumers out there who are going to love it. I'm curious through what network the camera will operate to send out the email…

    I'm glad this feature is not being incorporated into the dSLRs!

    ~Eugene
    P.S. Spelling alert: “being done” not “begin done”

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Whoops. Thanks for the catch! :-)

  • http://flyswinger.blogspot.com FlySwinger

    Well, if you're a photographer first, no, unless you're looking to dump images to clear disk space in the field. But I've watched business people using point-and-clicks to get quick photos for a real estate sale or damage claim, and I know that afterward they're racing back to the office to upload or email the photos to someone, so why not save some legwork and throw email into the camera? It's probably a big enough market that Nikon would be smart to give it a try.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Then the problem shifts to getting the camera online =)

  • http://twitter.com/drmirror André Spiegel

    An e-mail client sounds very consumer-ish to me, but general network access within a camera, even a DSLR, is something that's really overdue. Bluetooth would be something, for a start. I always feel thrown back about 5-10 years into the past when I hook up my Nikon to the computer with a “cable”.

  • http://twitter.com/daveba David Bain

    I suppose this is kind of incorporating the EyeFi SD card capabilities in a way, but this is built into your camera already. The other problem may be attachment limits on emails, but it depends on your email client. Can't say I would use this feature myself.

  • http://twitter.com/olegskl Oleg Sklyanchuk

    Good idea, but not really innovative. iPhone already does much more than just emailing pictures. I'm probably wrong, but there's no any significant future for point-and-shoots at all (Nikon is just trying to keep the industry afloat). I think it will be more like this: “This phone has a Nikon camera in it!” The camera will be taking pictures and the phone will be sharing them online.

  • @gonzamu

    it would be pretty awesome, to upload photos to twitpic in example, my cellphone camera is a crap xD, so buy a point-and-shot camera (i use a SRL Nikon now) to upload ocasionals photos wolud be great.

  • modernfurniture

    Great Idea but no new idea.
    Personnaly, I would transfer them to my computer before to email them.

    The screen on the camera does not give me enough info on the image quality.

  • modernfurniture

    Great Idea but no new idea.
    Personnaly, I would transfer them to my computer before to email them.

    The screen on the camera does not give me enough info on the image quality.