I generally try to avoid all the Apple fanboy sites, but I inadvertently came across this post suggesting big advances in the next iPhone camera: “Multi aperture cameras offer many possible benefits including 3D imaging, artistically blurred backgrounds and the ability to re-focus images after the fact,” Monckton writes. “More importantly, they offer the possibility of vastly improving bottom-line image quality without the need for bulky DSLR-style lenses which simply wouldn’t fit into a smartphone.” http://macdailynews.com/2015/06/15/...pple-is-looking-to-reinvent-iphone-6s-camera/ There are several developments that are here or coming soon--multiple sensors, very high definition video, sensor shifting, etc.--that to my non-technical mind suggest taking pictures as an art form could become obsolete. Is there a not-to-distant future where a hand-held device with multiple sensors will simply record all the information from a scene, possibly in a short video clip? No need for troublesome aperture and shutter settings, focusing and ISO adjustments or composition worries. Push a button and you get something like a high-resolution, photo-merged/panoramic HDR with adjustable focus (and probably 3D). At that point, "photography" would simply be an exercise in software-driven photo creation. With all the data recorded at multiple exposure levels, the reality of the scene almost ceases to exist as the digital darkroom could turn it into anything. These are all developments that, individually, we eagerly await and talk about. From Sony's endless megapixels to Olympus's high resolution mode to 4k video, they all seem like great advances. I'm just wondering whether the aggregate of these things is going to destroy the challenge and enjoyment of the photography that we all enjoy. Maybe we're already halfway there. Maybe sitting in front of a computer is really more fun than being in an alpine meadow waiting for the light to be perfect. I'm normally not a retro-grouch. I guess I got out of bed on the wrong side this morning, so pardon my musings. Now back to our previously scheduled programming about the great new Sony A7, how much we hope the next generation E-M5 will be able to do high resolution without a tripod and how ISO 12800 just isn't enough.