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Olympus Patents New ‘Splash Trigger’ Feature

By Anthony Thurston on August 4th 2014

Have you ever been in a situation where you are trying to capture those perfect moments in the water, but never seem to be able to get that right moment? Olympus may have the feature for that in one of their upcoming cameras. olympus_splash_zps5542580a It was discovered today that Olympus has patented a new “Splash Trigger” feature for one of their upcoming cameras that causes the camera to take a picture when water is splashed. There are not many details about how this is achieved, my guess is through some combination of audio and visual sensors, but the end result is a perfectly timed photo of your subject playing in the water.

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This is clearly a feature designed for parents who want to grab that perfect shot of their kids in the pool. But does it have uses elsewhere? I am sure there are plenty of watersports where this may come in handy, that would of course depend on how accurate the trigger is though. Still an interesting idea from Olympus. I am curious to see where this ends up. ___

What are your thoughts on this “Splash Trigger” technology from Olympus? Is it a gimmick, or do you think this could be a useful feature for some consumers or possibly even professionals? Leave a comment below!

[via 4/3 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.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Phil Bautista


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  2. Austin Swenson

    gimmick or not, I would like to see it in action, it sounds like a cool idea even if I only use it once.

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  3. Leslie Troyer

    seems like a gimmick to emphasize the water resistant nature a bit more. I mean most methods of splashing have lots and lots of warning prior to the splash so you can get the shot easily. How about a humming bird detector or dragon fly – so you can capture those unpredictable events…

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  4. Rafael Steffen

    This is an interesting feature to have for point and shoot cameras.

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  5. Matthew Saville

    LOL they WOULD be the ones to do that! I think Olympus still holds the record for the number of “weather-sealed” (not waterproof) cameras I’ve seen being held under faucets and showers to be cleaned. Eesh! That’s some rough weather gear…


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  6. Kim Farrelly

    Wonder how quick the AF scene selection will be, will you miss the shot while you turn from smile detection to splash detection? They could just speed up the shutter lag time a bit… What’s next a patent for a camera that only shoots once everybody in the group shot is looking, oh hang on.

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