Photos Showing DSLRs Running Various Operating Systems and Apps

Mobile operating systems have begun making their way into digital cameras, but so far their foray has been limited to compact and mirrorless cameras. However, DSLRs are starting to have built-in Wi-Fi, but it seems to be only a matter of time before a full-fledged mobile OS appears in one.

Apparently some photographers (and Photoshoppers) over in China can’t wait for that day to arrive. There’s a series of viral images floating around showing Canon and Nikon DSLRs running various operating systems and programs.

Chinese gadget blog M.I.C. Gadget first spotted the photographs being circulated over on Sina Weibo (a Chinese hybrid of Twitter and Facebook). Although the images are also certainly Photoshopped hoaxes created for fun, it’s interesting seeing these “concept” images, since it’s very likely that we’ll see many of them become a reality sometime in the near future.

Having Android and apps would be neat:

iOS? Now that’d be more of a stretch…

Apps would open the door to things like checking up on social networks, browsing the web, and staying in touch with friends:

Adobe has been working hard at bringing its photo-editing tools to mobile devices. Imagine using Photoshop on your DSLRs:

Being able to play games on your camera is something that would surely annoy photography purists, but it would definitely be possible. Snap a photo and then slice fruit:

Counter-Strike and real-time strategy games like Starcraft and Warcraft? Okay, those are a bit farfetched:

Take a long hard look at these photos. They may be bogus, but some of them are probably more prophetic than you think (or would like).

(via M.I.C. Gadget via Canon Watch)

Update: As Terrance points out in the comments below, these could simply be screenshots reviewed on the DSLRs rather than Photoshop jobs.

  • Zak Henry

    Just having a menu system that isn’t horrible would be great. The first big name camera company (or small name, just as long as there are lots of lens options) that embraces open sourced OS will have me jumping ship in a heartbeat.

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    I love the Canon menu system. super easy to use

  • Robert

    This would be huge for photojournalists. With LTE they could file almost instantaneously from anywhere.

  • Thomas Kr├╝ger

    DSLR with Android and a SIM card. My 100$ cellphone with Android has it all, except the bigger sensor and interchangeable lenses.

  • Terrance Lam

    Screenshots are not hard to put onto a CF/SD card… just saying.

  • kyoshinikon

    not that excited

  • kyoshinikon

    And I hate it… Everybody has their own preferences tho…

  • Alejandro Tururu

    THIS. Haha

  • Zak Henry

    Anywhere that has LTE capabilities. So only the first world countries with lots of investment in telecoms

  • Iris Chrome

    Hahaha :D

    Love it! <3

  • tonster

    startup time: 60 seconds. No thanx.
    20mb of buffer memory to facebook alone. Nope.
    ..can’t think of a single reason why my SLR should have that!
    Totally misses the point for me.

  • tyrohne

    To run an OS like Android or iOS with wifi on a dslr replete with apps would take some serious power (relatively speaking). I just don’t understand the practical application. Could we run instagram from our DSLR? Yes, but why would we?

    Snapseed? Tether your iPad for a million times better experience.

  • JFFretman

    I can put a tiny human being inside my dSLR, I can send you a picture of my dSLR screen where you see the little guy on it…. ;-)

  • miki

    NOOOOO! god please, no! Cameras are to take pictures any extra junk, just gets in the way. I hate that there is no F rings on lenses any more, well on most new camera systems. Just make cameras with good sensors, dynamic range of old films (at least), good iso performance and make them work. Put less stress on the software and more on the hardware – mechanics! I can take good pictures with a film camera and all that has to be the digital is an improvement of the film. No need for gadgets. If you want a toy, make a toy and leave cameras alone. Photographers need normal cameras no smart phonescameras.

  • Julian Maytum

    This is exactly what I don’t want in a DSLR. If the market were to move towards serving the infantile I think I would rather get an etch-a-sketch.

  • John Nathaniel Calvara

    And I thought they used their LCDs as green screens so that they could Photoshop it later…

  • quentin

    I use my camera to escape. Why the hell would I want to be on facebook?

  • Wallerus

    I see it being more useful on a smaller scale of apps used with a stylus (considering the small screen).

  • bob cooley

    Hey – did you re-invent wonka-vision?

  • Robert

    Well any cellular connection, really…

  • eraserhead12

    In communist russia, stores only had like one option for everything. we are not in communist russia :D. you’re not obligated to buy it, let’s not suppress technological advances.

  • eraserhead12

    lol imagine how many people would download Instagram on their DSLRs, only to ruin the image with terrible filters.

    Tether your dslr to your phone, and BAM, instant-upload to photosharing websites. Not for everyone–especially those “why can’t we all use film??” folks–but a great option for those who need something like this.

  • Randy C. Paulsaint

    I think an android based camera is more of a possibility. It would have to be modified and stripped down for faster start up but it can be done.

  • Nizam

    take a screen shot, finetune the aspect ratio, store it on the memory card, push the preview button on your camera and take a picture —- Voila! You’ve given birth to a rumor mill!

  • Yomi Jones

    I doubt putting fruit ninja on a DSLR can really be considered a ‘technological advance’. And in any cases that ‘advance’ is already here – its called a smart phone.

  • Yomi Jones

    An Android system, that allowed you to create your own custom menu layouts would be awesome. Also, one that allowed that provided easy access to the camera hardware functions … would lead to some pretty creative apps. Basically take some of the nice tethered apps we already use on PC and move them into the camera. Some amazing possibilities there. But to use in playing fruit ninja and sending tweets? Yawn … my ‘smart’ phone already does that.

  • Sahaja

    Android was originally intended as a camera operating system before Google got hold of it.

  • Choen Lee

    your nose will be changing settings on the camera everytime you put it on your face to look through the viewfinder.

  • Joel Johnson

    Side note, before Google bought Android, Inc it was concentrating on making an OS for cameras…