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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 7- to 8-megapixel camera, and megapixel monsters from Nikon and Canon with (what seems to me) an astounding 12-to 16-megapixel scope can cost less than a week at Disney World for a family of four.

Storage will get cheaper and more capacious, too. The last 1GB memory card I bought cost about $50, and I’ve seen 6GB minidrive hard disks for digital cameras available for less than $200. These prices and capacities should seem laughable by the time the next edition of this book is published. (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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