Cameras got smaller, photos got mapped, and people started turning their iPhones into image editors: it’s time to say goodbye to 2009. If you haven’t been following along at home, here are a few photo-related highlights from the past year:
The ISO wars
Of course, the high end of that scale isn’t going to give you beautiful photos—it’s more about getting the shot in impossible situations; however, the improved performance translates down the ISO scale, too, giving you better shots at ISO settings previously considered a last resort. Unlike some other camera specs that are more about marketing than good photography, better low-light performance is a trend that we can get behind. Here’s hoping for more to come in 2010.
Micro Four Thirds family
The first models to appear performed well, but weren’t all that compact. Then in June 2009, Olympus announced the E-P1 ( ), a retro-styled Micro Four Thirds camera that was significantly smaller than any other camera in its class. (The size reduction was largely aided by the lack of a viewfinder or an onboard flash.) Panasonic followed in September with the Lumix DMC-GF1 ( ), which also lacks a viewfinder but does offer a built-in flash. It’s a great little camera. In fact, we liked it so much we gave it an Editor’s Choice award.
The Micro Four Thirds family isn’t right for everyone. And at the moment the price, somewhat limited lens selection, and technology tradeoffs may keep it a relatively niche product. But it’s an exciting category that’s worth keeping an eye on.
Support for geotagging is great, and opens a world of possibility for how we manage and display our photos. Unfortunately, 2009 wasn’t the year that cameras embraced geotagging. Aside from a few notable exceptions, such as the Nikon Coolpix P6000, you’ll still need an additional gadget to record geodata on the go. We hope that starts to change in 2010.
The iPhone camera
A good number of photography apps have caught out attention over the year, including Photoshop.com Mobile ( ), TiltShift Generator, and App Gem award winner Best Camera ( ). Pro photographers also found something to love in the iPhone thanks to photography-resource apps such as DSLR Camera Remote ( ).
But what really caught our attention was the pride you guys felt for your own iPhone photos. After we published an installment of our Snapshot series featuring an iPhone photo taken by professional photographer Chase Jarvis, we were overwhelmed with beautiful and interesting photos taken by fellow readers (see a gallery of our favorites). Keep up the good work.
While we don’t have a crystal ball laying around the office, we can make a few predictions of what’s to come in 2010. Here are just a couple:
By the way, Photoshop will celebrate it’s 20th anniversary in February. What do you get the program that already has it all?
What photography news are you hoping for in the new year?