Prediction: High ISO, Low Noise Sensors
Here’s a quick prediction for future image sensor technology; the Megapixel war will rage on, but we’ll soon start seeing low-noise super high ISO sensors.
The Casio EX-F1, and the Nikon D3, are examples of this trend already starting to hit the market.
“When will i be able to get a phone with a REAL flash!?” is a complaint i hear often enough. Sufficiently High ISO ratings (with reasonably low noise) could de-necessitate a “real flash.” If we could get quick enough exposures with low enough grain, then low-light cameraphone images won’t need to be blurry and useless.
It’ll start at the top, in expensive Pro DSLRs and Prosumer cameras, but soon it will trickle down. I’m hoping we start seeing them in cameraphones within the next 2 years.
This same technology, along with higher megapixel counts, will also allow for high frame-rate video to start making its way into cameraphones.