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Appcam Patent Wants to Turn All Your Camera Settings into Apps

The Appcam is a new concept design for camera controls — and supposedly a patent — that aims to make handling DSLR and compact cameras more user friendly. Instead of having your camera settings hiding in different menus and changed using different controls (e.g. buttons, scroll wheels, dials), the Appcam turns them all into “apps” that sit conveniently on the LCD touchscreen. The apps/settings can be swapped in and out and reordered, and are adjusted using the physical scroll wheel next to it.

While this may definitely be a more user friendly interface for people who just got their first digital camera, it doesn’t seem like a good idea at all for seasoned DSLR users who already have all their controls where they need them.

Appcam (via Photo Rumors)


 
  • http://dmitrisanimation.com Dmitri

    So I gotta pay extra or download apps with buit-in ads for every function that’s standard? Or do I get a Photoshop suite on my camera I never ever wanted?

  • http://dmitrisanimation.com Dmitri

    So I gotta pay extra or download apps with buit-in ads for every function that’s standard? Or do I get a Photoshop suite on my camera I never ever wanted?

  • Louis

    And how can it be a patent!?!

  • Louis

    And how can it be a patent!?!

  • Sirp

    I agree with your analysis. Completely  useless to a photographer who likes to actually capture things and not just have a fancy screen on their camera.

  • Sirp

    I agree with your analysis. Completely  useless to a photographer who likes to actually capture things and not just have a fancy screen on their camera.

  • Anonymous

    Because if there’s on thing I need on my bodies, it’s more dials.

    Guess it would be good for the manufacturers though, think of all the money to be made from repairs and cleaning!

  • Anonymous

    Because if there’s on thing I need on my bodies, it’s more dials.

    Guess it would be good for the manufacturers though, think of all the money to be made from repairs and cleaning!

  • Anonymous

    Because if there’s on thing I need on my bodies, it’s more dials.

    Guess it would be good for the manufacturers though, think of all the money to be made from repairs and cleaning!

  • Anonymous

    Because if there’s on thing I need on my bodies, it’s more dials.

    Guess it would be good for the manufacturers though, think of all the money to be made from repairs and cleaning!

  • Anonymous

    Because if there’s on thing I need on my bodies, it’s more dials.

    Guess it would be good for the manufacturers though, think of all the money to be made from repairs and cleaning!

  • Anonymous

    Because if there’s on thing I need on my bodies, it’s more dials.

    Guess it would be good for the manufacturers though, think of all the money to be made from repairs and cleaning!

  • Anonymous

    If I can’t make a change while looking through the viewfinder, I don’t want it.

  • Anonymous

    If I can’t make a change while looking through the viewfinder, I don’t want it.

  • Arnaud

    What has the hipster fashion done?
    “HEY GUYS, MY IPHONE ISN’T HIPSTER ENOUGH WITH THE 28142 APPS SO I PUT APPS ON MY CAMERA WHICH I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO USE PROPERLY.

  • Arnaud

    What has the hipster fashion done?
    “HEY GUYS, MY IPHONE ISN’T HIPSTER ENOUGH WITH THE 28142 APPS SO I PUT APPS ON MY CAMERA WHICH I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO USE PROPERLY.

  • Arnaud

    What has the hipster fashion done?
    “HEY GUYS, MY IPHONE ISN’T HIPSTER ENOUGH WITH THE 28142 APPS SO I PUT APPS ON MY CAMERA WHICH I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO USE PROPERLY.

  • Arnaud

    What has the hipster fashion done?
    “HEY GUYS, MY IPHONE ISN’T HIPSTER ENOUGH WITH THE 28142 APPS SO I PUT APPS ON MY CAMERA WHICH I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO USE PROPERLY.

  • Arnaud

    What has the hipster fashion done?
    “HEY GUYS, MY IPHONE ISN’T HIPSTER ENOUGH WITH THE 28142 APPS SO I PUT APPS ON MY CAMERA WHICH I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO USE PROPERLY.

  • Silentinseattle

    Or… people that want “options” like this could just stick to a point and shoot. NOVEL IDEA!

  • Silentinseattle

    Or… people that want “options” like this could just stick to a point and shoot. NOVEL IDEA!

  • Silentinseattle

    Or… people that want “options” like this could just stick to a point and shoot. NOVEL IDEA!

  • Silentinseattle

    Or… people that want “options” like this could just stick to a point and shoot. NOVEL IDEA!

  • Silentinseattle

    Or… people that want “options” like this could just stick to a point and shoot. NOVEL IDEA!

  • MattB

    Looks a bit like the back of my Sony DSLR, minus the individual dials of course.

  • MattB

    Looks a bit like the back of my Sony DSLR, minus the individual dials of course.

  • MattB

    Looks a bit like the back of my Sony DSLR, minus the individual dials of course.

  • MattB

    Looks a bit like the back of my Sony DSLR, minus the individual dials of course.

  • MattB

    Looks a bit like the back of my Sony DSLR, minus the individual dials of course.

  • Greg Laycock

    The early comments have been largely negative, but I like the concept – at least if you look at this screenshot: http://www.appcam.org/dslr-appcam/. The apps also appear in the viewfinder so that the user can see which scroll-wheel each one is assigned to simply by position and can thus adjust 6 of the 9 without taking his or her eye away from the eyepiece. Brilliant, as far as I’m concerned.

  • http://twitter.com/sunep sunep

    I have for some time been wondering when the first camera manufacturer will make a more open camera.
    Both the canon cameras and the panasonic ones are being hacked to offer more functionality.
    Why don’t the camera makers embrace this and allow external coders to make apps. how cool would it be to be able to download a time lapse app or adding more video functionality, sacrificing some of the still controls to make it a better video camera.
    and a zillion other apps that no one has thought of yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tatyana-Skymyrka/723478596 Tatyana Skymyrka

    for anyone who’s more less serious about operating the camera, nothing will ever replace the actual ‘mechanical’ old fashioned dials and buttons. 

    one of the things I love most about pro body designs is that you don’t ever have to look away from the viewfinder to change settings, after a while your hand just learns where everything is, how much rotation is needed, etc, so it’s intuitive, and hence never miss potential good frame.

  • http://twitter.com/MrTinDC Mr. T in DC

    Thanks, but no thanks. Much prefer actual buttons and wheels I can control while looking through the viewfinder.

  • http://twitter.com/MrTinDC Mr. T in DC

    Thanks, but no thanks. Much prefer actual buttons and wheels I can control while looking through the viewfinder.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KUDELAD2R5YEFZRC477DY4ZCMM Leo Bass

    I paid $22.85 for an iPhone 4-32GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $674 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

  • Sirfrancisdrank

    Time lapse app?  Learn how to do it the right way. 

  • Greg Laycock

    If you looks at this page (http://www.appcam.org/dslr-appcam/), that is the whole point. Each app is assigned to a physical wheel, the setting of which can be viewed directly in the viewfinder. I don’t know about anyone else’s DSLR, but mine isn’t nearly so easy to adjust 6 different settings all while looking through the viewfinder. A couple, sure. But not 6. I prefer old-school 35mm mechanical controls, but this still seems like progress to me.

  • Travis

    Ever get the feeling people are just building stuff because they can?  I mean really, I sell an alarm clock at work, that can play your ipod, and show you food recipies… oh and it’ll wake you up in the morning.  I’m sort of feeling that is what’s happening to cameras now, I cannot see many of them getting any simpler.  If you do not understand digital technology then you will not get it in any form.  Flooding the market with dozens of different ways of doing the same thing only causes confusion, point in case I will see somebody spend more money on a camera that may not fill their needs, nor may it hold up to another camera in the same range, but they will buy it because they are affraid of learning a new camera layout that is different from their previous camera brand.

  • David

    SPAMMER ALERT

  • David

    SPAMMER ALERT

  • http://twitter.com/604Foodtography 604 Foodtography

    The picture below says it all.

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    Thanks :)

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  • Janez

    this is completly useless!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=695530812 Emanuel Brunson

    I’ll pass