Apple’s iPhone and iCloud to Lead the Way for Internet-Connected Cameras

Apple is looking to make an even bigger splash in the camera market with the photography-related features they’ve included in the upcoming iOS 5, with one of the huge ones being cloud connectivity. iPhones running iOS 5 will be connected to iCloud, Apple’s online backup solution, and every photograph captured will be automatically and wirelessly copied to the cloud and into the user’s “Photo Stream”. The photos can then be accessed from other computers and devices, and are deleted after 30 days unless moved to a permanent folder.

With Apple and Eye-Fi leading the charge in bringing internet-connectivity to cameras, we may soon see cloud-connectivity as a common feature in consumer cameras. Sony is already rumored to be working on a 3G-capable compact. Imagine a future where your DSLR’s RAW images are automatically beamed to the cloud, allowing you to quickly access them from your computer without having to work with memory cards at all!

(via Popular Photography)

  • Daniel Austin Hoherd

    RAW images beamed to the cloud, 10 minutes per upload at a time.  This feature won’t be coming to pro quality images any time soon.

    Honestly, the Eye-Fi is so dreadfully slow that if I have been shooting anywhere other than my house I usually end up plugging it into my laptop’s SD slot just to not drain the battery on my camera.  JPG’s transfer quickly, but RAW files and movies are glacial.  The irony is that I don’t need to geotag images of my own house, I know where they were taken.

    Also, Eye-fi doesn’t geotag RAW files.  Period.  No XMP sidecar, no text file, no nothing.  It just throws the geo-data away.  The solution is to shoot JPG+RAW, taking up more space on the card and taking more time to transfer.

    So, yeah, it’s ideally wonderful, but in practice at the current time it’s really painful.

  • Michael Zhang

    Right, I was thinking in the future when/if the infrastructure has improved :)

  • Daniel Austin Hoherd

    Well that, sir, will be a fantastic future. :)  In that regard I want full-resolution live-view over wireless to my 27″ display!

  • Peter Ležovič

    all my photos on the internet? oh my… there’s no way I’m buying that.

  • Aggarwal Rahul

    I think it the camera industry and
    its applications are getting easier with the penetration of iphones. The photo
    held in the cloud backup, without requiring the assistance to get uploaded is perfect.
    The cloud data getting deleted after 30 days if unattended is fair enough and
    thus making the user not to worry about uploading or deleting. The memory cards
    are now less worked upon! With all these positive traits it’s sure the iOS is a
    dream than anyone will love to posses.

  • Seth Christie

    And 10 minutes after launching this, someone accidentally will upload a naked picture.

  • Me

    Microsoft has been offering this service to Windows Mobile customers for over a year now.

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  • Josh Ladella

    Shoot film

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