Sony has announced the DSC-HX99RNV kit, a camera kit that helps visually impaired photographers capture the world around them. It packs Sony DSC-HX99 compact camera and the QD Laser’s RETISSA NEOVIEWER: a viewfinder that essentially projects the image straight onto a user’s retina.
There’s a group of people out there that are often ignored when it comes to photography. That group is the visually impaired. With photography being such a visual medium, it’s an easy group to ignore. That being said, I don’t think camera manufacturers are intentionally neglecting this group of users. At least, no more so than they ignore any other kind of impairment. Accessibility options common to other electronic devices have always been lacking from cameras.
Sony appears to be changing that thought process, though, building a screen reading feature into the Sony A7 IV. This video from Sam at The Blind Life, who lives with Stargardt’s Disease, walks us through enabling the feature and its current state of usefulness. It appears to be an “in development” feature, for the most part, but it’s a fantastic start that other manufacturers should take note of.