Cameras with apps? It nearly happened, before Google snapped up Android

Should cameras have apps?
(Image credit: snappiness via YouTube)

Have you ever thought about what a "smart camera" might look like? Cameras are expensive enough already, without the ability to support custom apps, but it would be pretty cool. We already have firmware updates for cameras (and lenses), plus the option to connect them to our phones, so why not?

The idea of a camera with its own app-supported operating system actually goes as far back as 1998, and many early digital cameras were equipped with technology known as the FlashPoint DigitaOS operating system. In more recent years, big brands such as Samsung actually attempted Android-compatible mirrorless cameras – and the world barely noticed.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.