We’re looking at India for a new camera.
In India, the government’s own guidelines for developing cameras have been a big problem.
“They say a camera is not a camera unless it can take photographs,” says Shishir Singh, an expert in digital imaging and camera technology at the University of California, Berkeley.
“But the problem is that the rules don’t work.
They don’t give the maximum flexibility to the camera, they don’t tell you how to take a picture.”
India’s new camera guidelines have been so bad, it’s been dubbed the camera apocalypse.
The problem has been compounded by poor planning, a lack of training, and a lacklustre rollout.
The new guidelines came into effect on December 1.
“It was a big mistake, I think,” says Kala Gopalakrishnan, a researcher at the Institute of Indian Studies at IISc.
“The way in which they are implemented, the way they are formulated is really not a good approach.”
In February, the country launched a pilot programme for development of a new digital camera that was supposed to have “full autonomy” from manufacturers and the government.
However, the system has been plagued by delays, with manufacturers not getting the camera into production and India’s own certification bodies, the National Photographic Standards Organisation and ISO, failing to meet its targets.
The problems stem from a lackadaisical approach to development.
The new guidelines say a manufacturer must:A.
Develop an image sensor capable of taking 1.8 megapixels per pixel.
Develop software for controlling the shutter speed and aperture.
Provide a camera interface, with software that provides control of shutter, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, and video recording.
Provide an image control software for operating the camera.
Design a camera to be used for film production.
Create software for a camera that allows you to take pictures of images taken by the camera without requiring a separate software application.C