Have you ever thought about what the images and cameras of the future might look like? Well, Nikon’s Japanese development team certainly has. For a sneak preview into what the future may hold for the world of photography, check out the prototypes below that were on display at Europe’s largest science museum, in the Hello Tomorrow exhibition at the City of Sciences in Paris (Hello Demain, La Cité des Sciences). The exhibition, which ran in the last week of June, offered an insight into the technology that we could be using in our everyday lives in the future.

But before you start getting too excited, it is worth remembering that these are just prototypes so there’s no guarantee we’ll ever see them on our shelves. And if we do, it could take a decade! But, did you know that the first Nikon prototype digital camera was presented at Photokina 1986, 13 years before the marketing of the Nikon D1? So, you never know what the future of photography may hold!

But one thing is for sure, these space-age concepts show that the pace of innovation in photography certainly isn’t slowing down. Allow us to introduce you to…

The Multi-ball: This device is capable of photographing multiple viewpoints to capture the atmosphere of a scene. We’re very intrigued about what the resulting images might look like!

The Multi-ball, Nikon's potential prototype camera for the future
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The Big Screen Camera:
A camera with a 6 inch screen for taking photos and looking at images. It has adjustable levers to suit the user’s needs.

The Big Screen Camera, Nikon's potential prototype camera for the future
The Big Screen Camera: Image © Nikon / I Am Nikon

The SLR Unit: There are three interchangeable parts within this gadget: an LCD screen, a lens and a grab handle. Notice the box-shaped lens.

The SLR Unit, Nikon's potential prototype camera for the future
The SLR Unit:
Image © Nikon / I Am Nikon

And last but not least the i-Ball. But what is it? A next generation rugby ball?! Tell us what you think…

The i-Ball, Nikon's potential prototype camera for the future
The i-Ball:
Image © Nikon / I Am Nikon

Can you see yourself using any of these prototypes in the next decade or do you have another vision for the future of photography? Which aspects of photographic technology do you think most needs improving upon? We’re eager to hear your thoughts.

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