As if iPhone apps and cameras weren’t enough to turn photo centric people into selfie obsessed citizens, now Panasonic’s new Lumix is a serious camera with an automatic “selfie” mode. We can’t make this stuff up.
According to Wired:
“The latest selfie-friendly camera is the Panasonic Lumix GF7, a 16-megapixel Micro Four-Thirds model with an adjustable 3-inch touchscreen. […] This new compact interchangeable-lens shooter’s screen flips 180 degrees to let you check yourself out while you shoot. The first cameras with twisting screens shipped about a decade ago, but now that selfies have become a phenomenon, the front-flippable display has once again become a high priority on these compacts.
The GF7 eases selfie-snapping even further with some clever AI. It automatically enters selfie mode when you flip the screen up all the way. There’s Face Shutter, which fires a picture when you wave your hand. And there’s Buddy Shutter, which automatically captures a shot when you and a pal squeeze together in front of the camera.
Along with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, there’s another trick when you pair the camera with a smartphone. Using your phone’s accelerometer, “Jump Snap” calculates when you reach the apex of a jump and snaps a shot at that moment. In other words, it has a Nerf basketball selfie mode.”
Eye-yie-yie. *Slaps forehead* … I mean, do we really need this? Have we become so self absorbed that we’re in need of a $600 pro-selfie camera? Is this weird to anyone else, or am I just not hip with the cool kids anymore?