Electronics maker Samsung has just broken new ground in the photographic industry be releasing the source code for two of its cameras, ad not cheap ones going out of production, either. Yesterday, Samsung released to the public the binary code that controls two of its newest and most expensive models: the NX300 and NX2000.
So, what does this mean? Short answer: you can make your own firmware.
To date, companies have been rather generous in sharing such information with the public when it comes to other devices, most notably smartphones. All of those non-company apps you can download? They’re all from techno geeks who know coding and then use their knowledge to write new software, giving the applicable device new functions.
Now, Samsung, which also produces the popular line of Galaxy smartphones, has decided to do the same with its cameras, which is a pretty savvy business move.
In the camera industry, Samsung is a newcomer coming into new territory occupied by companies with decades of photographic know-how. With no reputation to rely on, such companies are often innovators, equipping their gear with features that established companies dismiss as gimmicks (look how long it took Canon and Nikon to launch mirrorless interchangeable lens models). To this end, Samsung has embraced the mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera movement and was among the first to bring wi-fi capability ad then Android to its cameras.
Now, it appears a though the company has truly outdone itself. Think of it: if you wished your camera could do something it wasn’t designed for, there is now a possibility that, if you have the know-how, you can write your on software and make your camera do what you want it to do.
In the end, only time will tell what independent developers will be able to do with what appears to be Samsung’s gift to the world.
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