The Future of Digital Cameras, Showcased at CES 2011!


Check out this awesome digital camera showcased at CES 2011. It has a huge viewfinder display (5″ AMOLED, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels) on its slim camera body that seconds as a mobile phone, however (IMHO) the winning idea is the wireless transmitting lens that allows you to take pictures from all kinds of different (or awkward) angles. It is logically called WVIL or Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens, and I just can’t wait to try this!


Get more details at WVIL.de. From the website address and the accent of the guy in the video, it does looks like it’s a German design and development effort?
Thanks to faithful Design Sojourn reader: HannsFrog, for this exclusive scoop. You don’t have to be at CES to see the good stuff, just follow Design Sojourn!

8 Comments
  • GI

    January 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm Reply

    This is a funny combination of one of the most cutting edge forward thinking designs i’ve ever seen, and just about the worst possible presenter they could’ve picked to pitch their product. Seriously, this guy tops it all when he has to interrupt investors’ attention and take a phone call on the device he’s presenting. Wild.

  • Howie

    January 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm Reply

    Erm, looks fake. Especially from 1:35 onwards when the screen doesn’t really reflect what the lens was pointing to. Great concept tho!

  • Carl

    January 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm Reply

    Thank you for this! I am just starting my final degree project where I will be designing a Digital SLR and this is very handy research!

  • Carl

    January 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm Reply

    @Howie: how does this look fake? the video was taken live, in real time. at 1:19, the guy on the right bends over in front of the lens and it is shown on the viewfinder. so you’re telling me that was choreographed for the sake of the person who was video recording‚Ķ?
    i like the ideas shown here. in the documentary “Objectified”, Karim Rashid describes the design of cameras, explaining how their shapes were based on the fact that cameras used roll film. he later asks why digital cameras are still that shape, when roll film transport is no longer a constraint. i think this is a nice step addressing that question: basing the form of a camera on a smart phone. also, it would be sweet to be able to put that lens anywhere, and see what it’s seeing from the viewfinder. ūüôā

  • Andrew

    January 12, 2011 at 4:33 am Reply

    While this looks interesting there is a growing consensus among some photographers that cameras are becoming too gadgety.
    This looks similar to the Ricoh GXR but with a wireless transmitter in the lens/sensor unit.

  • Henkka

    January 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm Reply

    Wow. Really interesting concept. Thanks for finding this one.
    @GI I would think that that phone call was made by someone (or himself even) on purpose to demonstrate that you can actually take calls with that one. Seems bit too convenient otherwise.

  • Howie

    January 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm Reply

    @Carl: There you go. http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/11/wvils-unbelievable-31-megapixel-cameraphone-is-unbelievably-fak/
    @Henkka: Thanks for the link and heads up!

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