Sony developing Cyber-shot camera with built-in 3G?

Sony developing Cyber-shot camera with built-in 3G?

Summary: Sony is continually pushes the envelope for pocket cameras with its Cyber-shot series, whether it be producing even thinner cameras, expanding the rear displays and integrating 3D. This new rumored development, however, would be something completely different.

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Sony is continually pushes the envelope for pocket cameras with its Cyber-shot series, whether it be producing even thinner cameras, expanding the rear displays and integrating 3D. This new rumored development, however, would be something completely different.

According to gdgt and its unnamed sources, Sony is "quietly" developing a digital camera that sports built-in 3G for the purpose of uploading photos and videos to social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.

While Sony hasn't made any official statements or even hints regarding this, it was only a matter of time before someone came out with a 3G-enabled camera or camcorder. Eye-fi cards got things rolling, but those memory cards depend on a wireless network nearby. Many photographers would probably welcome the idea of being able to upload particular images right on the spot from wherever they might be.

Now, as to how 3G data will be handed out, that is an interesting question. Will it be free like on Amazon's Kindle 3G and Barnes & Noble's Nook 3G? Or are the wireless providers going to get involved? I'm sure we all hope for the former option, but again, we'll have to wait until Sony (or another manufacturer) gets official with a 3G camera.

Would you like to have built-in 3G on your digital camera or camcorder?

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Sony developing Cyber-shot camera with built-in 3G?

    Good idea, as long as you travel within your country - and as long as telcos come up with acceptable pricing models. Roaming charges would make it useless. The European Union telecom operators have been compelled to limit their voice roaming charges a few years ago - how long will it be before data roaming becomes affordable?
    mainvision
  • RE: Sony developing Cyber-shot camera with built-in 3G?

    I would be more interested in tethering a camera to my iPhone or iPad via Wi-Fi. Those devices already have 3G. As far as uploads are concerned, I would like the ability to send images from a camera to my PC or even to my own web site via Wi-Fi. I have no interest in sending them directly to facebook or YouTube. I also have no interest in buying another 3G data plan for a camera. Sony should build in Wi-Fi and not depend on Eye-Fi which is not supported on all their cameras.
    DesertTalk
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