Now – much as I publicly want to strangle Sony in a Homer Simpson on Bart kind of way for its continued use of Memory Stick only storage – sometimes I want to kiss it too.
Such a time is now since the King of All Things Everlasting in the Garden of Utmost Proprietary has announced it is working on a 60fps CMOS chip. Now if we let our brains settle on this you’ll see the repercussions here are huge. A 60fps CMOS chip, Sony says, will allow us to video all our favourite occasions and ultimately extract the stills later.
Did everybody get that? Because, in essence, this could be the end of digital photography as we know it. We’re talking scrap the aim, ignore the timer shot, rubbish the reactions. Heck, the perfect shot of junior getting his degree/driving licence approved/ASBO rescinded can now we captured not by skill photography but instead by software editing.
No doubt wedding and sports photographers are leaving a moistened dedication in their undergarments right now because the skill may suddenly have gone out of their profession. Why pay a fortune for a buffoon in denim to capture your finest moments when Auntie Ethel can swing a lumpy digicam at the action and – given her recently hip replacement – stay still long enough for Anne Leibowitz quality frames to be extracted and hung in an infernally embarrassing public place.
Sony, we do love thee more often than not. Now give us a release date and scrap those sodding Memory Stick Cards…