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Where We’re Going

I’ll be covering emerging and future technologies in later chapters, but the view from 50,000 feet looks bright. The “average” resolution of a mid-priced (say, $500) digital camera has been increasing dramatically. As I write this, just about anyone who is serious about photography can afford a 6 megapixel camera, and megapixel monsters from Kodak and others with (what seems to me) an astounding 14 megapixel scope cost less than a week at Disney World. Expect even more dramatic improvements when the innovative Foveon sensor (which is discussed in Chapter 2, “Inside a Digital Camera”) becomes common.

Storage will get cheaper and more capacious, too. I expect 1GB CompactFlash cards and 4GB teensy hard disks to appear to be laughably small during the life of this book. (This comes from someone who paid $300 to upgrade to 32,768 bytes of memory in 1978, and paid $1,000 for a 200-megabyte hard drive roughly a decade later.)


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