Nikon Patent Shows a Vibrating DSLR Shutter Button That Helps You Track Moving Subjects


Cameras have many different methods of guiding photographers toward capturing quality shots, but physical feedback isn’t really one of them… yet. In addition to providing useful visual and auditory information, DSLRs in the future might actually guide photographers through their sense of touch.

A recently published Nikon patent shows a DSLR that helps photographers capture moving objects without having to look through their viewfinder. Instead, the camera uses vibrations to guide the shooter.


The patent (#2014-164172), published back on September 8th, 2014 and discovered by Egami, describes a DSLR that features embedded vibration mechanisms located in the shutter release button and around the parts of the camera held by the photographer.

When a moving subject needs to be photographed, the camera tracks the subject and detects the direction the photographer needs to turn his or her camera. By feeling what the camera is saying, the photographer can then make sure a subject stays in the frame without having to look through the viewfinder or at the LCD screen.