It's never easy getting a baby to look at the camera and strike the perfect pose for posterity. Though some parents are blessed with babies who seem to be serene and beautiful at all times, most of us have wriggly offspring who are laughing one minute and grizzling by the time we've grabbed the camera… or who have crawled off to do something far more interesting than wait for their portrait to be captured.
Admittedly digital photography now means you can at least delete the photos where your baby has covered himself with his blanky or has rolled over exposing nothing but nappy and legs. But here at ThinkBaby we rather like the idea of the technology that can track your child's face until that smile breaks out and then allow you to click at the right moment.
Olympus Smile Shot
Like the photographic version of a heat-seeking missle, a Smile Shot camera can fix on a certain subject and wait until the subject is smiling before clicking into action.
Five models from the current range of Olympus cameras include the new Smile Shot scene mode: the creative SP-560 UZ, the stylish µ [mju:] 820 and µ [mju:] 1200 models, and the entry level FE-280 and FE-300.
Smile Shot works like the existing Face Detection Technology which can automatically identify and focus on a particular person in order to ensure the picture brings out the best in your desired subject matter. (That is, it'll capture granny as its main focus rather than the rose bush she's standing by.)
Smile Shot detects the change in facial expression to make sure the person is smiling.
Clever or what?
For more, visit www.olympus.co.uk.