Cameras have come a long way from their modest beginning, more than 100 years ago. For the first 50 years or so, most cameras where huge devices that required ample spaces, specialized technicians and a whole crew just to make them work. In the 1920s, for instance, photographs and short motion pictures were shot by cameras that occupied whole railroad cars.
A famous example of these early cameras was the vast photographic survey of the Russian Empire, undertaken by Sergei Prokudin between 1909 and 1912, which required the use of a whole train staffed with several technicians and photographers, as well as tons of equipment. However, the times have changed, and nowadays most cameras are highly mobile, they fit in the palm of your hand, and produce crystal clear images.
Although the best ones still require some sort of wire connection, the technology is quickly evolving and wire cameras will be a thing of the past. These days, wireless cameras are all the fad and the market is steadily growing. Everyone is looking for a small, portable device which can record high fidelity videos and sounds, upload them on social media and share the information with friends and family. Let’s take a look at what wireless cameras are all about and what are their main benefits:
- Wireless cameras are small
Cameras have always struggled to become smaller and smaller and, in the past 100 years, they successfully managed to go from weighing several tons to several ounces. Wireless cameras are even smaller than that. Most modern models, like the Polaroid Cube, will fit neatly in the palm of your hand, in your back pocket or on your cycling helmet. And we are not talking about surveillance cameras, which are very small indeed, but can’t really produce high-quality videos. Typically, wireless cameras are great because they can be used in remote areas, where access to electricity is close to impossible. You can use it when hiking along a mountain path, fishing on a secluded river or even when you are skydiving. They don’t require internet access, power chords, and additional equipment.
- Wireless cameras can shoot high-resolution videos
In this time and age, 720p is a thing of the past. Most customers will want the full 1080p HD experience and a minimum of 30 frames per second from their mobile cameras. What’s more, the quality of the colors is absolutely mind-blowing for most modern models. In the past, the colors were bland, the contrast was poor and the lighting was minimal, to say the least. Now, the colors are bright, crispy clear and almost better than real life images.
- The view range is improved
Just a decade ago, mobile, wireless cameras often produced frustrating, narrow angled videos. Now, this has all changed and many cameras are able to shoot videos with normal angled lens. Some better versions even use a wide angled lens, reaching a view range of more than 124 degrees. Your footage will be large enough to fit everyone and everything in your frame.
- Wireless cameras can go underwater
Filming underwater has always been problematic for ancient cameras, but modern cameras have this all sorted out. Some of them are water resistant themselves or employ an underwater rubberized frame to avoid water damage. Most of these protective layers will protect your camera even in the deepest waters (up to 50 feet).
- The audio quality is top notch
Although small wireless cameras have poorer audio quality than their larger wired cousins, the sound is crisp even in outdoor settings. They usually employ a high-power built-in mic that can record even the subtlest sound.
Flaviu Mircea is a freelance writer and photographer who enjoys sharing tips and insights into perfecting the art of photography. If you would like to learn more about Flaviu, you can check out his Google+ profile.