I was thinking that I'd like to see digital cameras have the ability to take a new kind of photo. A high resolution 15 second video pic. I know most digital cameras capture video now, but it's a hardly used feature and they're no replacement for a photo. The difference is that these video snapshots would be high quality full frame (at least 640x480) video but would only last 15 seconds. No more. Any one of the frames could be designated as a key frame for printing . But the video snapshot would become the new photograph. Easily sharable online, it could be transported to iPods, TVs, Tivos, cell phones, video frames, any frikin' device, or just enjoyed on the desktop.
It would have to be totally easy to move from camera to computer to any other device or site. The format would have to work as seamlessly as a jpg or png file, except it would move and there would be sound.
Do I sound like some nit wit describing a video camera? I hope not. I'm thinking that this is the same form factor as a still camera, but the output would be very short video clips. Always the same length. 15 seconds. Again high quality, high resolution, high impact. No editing, no work involved at all. Just a simple point and shoot.
People could still gather around for a family photo, but there would be movement, emotion, and life. No red eye.
One click and it would start then stop on its own. Maybe 15 seconds is too long. Maybe it should only be 5. That might be enough.
A site like flickr could be used to share these clips-- a literal piece of people's lives stitched together.
I'd like to see that someday.