Elphel Open Source Cameras

There is one! Here is the web site for the Elphel company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Here’s what they say about themselves:

Elphel, Inc. was started in 2001 to provide high performance cameras based on free software and hardware designs. Freedom of the users of Elphel products is our top priority – we value and protect it with theĀ GNU General Public License that covers all the Elphel software and hardware designs.

This freedom extends from the convenience of the out-of-the-box usage of the cameras with the intuitive GUI to the possibility to modify any parts of them. It protects user right to create and distribute derivative products based on our designs, products that may be suitable for the applications we had never thought about ourselves.

Good for Elephel. I hope they are successful. But I’ll be really happy when a company releases a professional or consumer open source camera.

Actually … There is a half-way house. Think of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It isn’t open source but Adobe publish APIs and specs to allow developers (cleverer ones than me) to extend it. I’d be happy with that in a camera as a first step.

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