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Nikon Patent Offers Glimpse of a Future with Password Protected Cameras!

By Anthony Thurston on April 14th 2013

According to a Patent filed in Japan by Nikon it appears that the camera and manufacturer is going to be making a stand against theft and resale of stolen gear. The patent, 2013-61508, filed in Japan says that when a photographer connects a lens to the camera body he would be required to enter a passcode, if he is unable to enter the correct passcode then the lens and camera would be rendered unusable.

“Conventionally, the imaging device provided with the security function is known. In such an imaging device, the technology which makes photography impossible until the password set up previously is entered, in order to prevent a theft and a mischief.”


I think that this is a double edged sword. What if you want to let your buddy use one of your lenses or vice verse,  What if you forget the passcode? I mean I am all for more security to prevent thieves from being able to use or sell my stolen gear, but at what point is it too much security?

I would like to see more of a LoJack type system. GPS chips in the camera and lenses that allow you to track your gear, and if needed send the authorities to pick them up for you. I guess I am not so against a password protected lens/camera security system, so long as it can be disabled if I choose (for those situations where it is more trouble than it is worth).

What do you guys think? Would you like to have this sort of security on your camera? Let us know in a comment below.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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