Interesting paper via luminous-landscape

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Interesting paper via luminous-landscape
May 30, 2009

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/rise-fall.shtml

Written by a PhD student. Insightful. Be sure to read the whole paper. A couple paragraphs:

“Moore’s Law can also help us to make predictions about the future direction of the camera industry. The continuing increase in performance and reductions in price have had two major consequences so far. Firstly, DSLR cameras have taken and will continue to take market shares from the medium format segment. The solution with a digital back is bulkier and more expensive while the DSLR cameras are cheaper and good enough for most applications. A couple of additional years of Moore’s Law would speak for DSLR at the expensive of medium format cameras. Secondly, compact cameras have reached performance levels which are beyond what most consumers need. Consequently, sales have declined in favour of mobile cameras which provide a decent Point and Shoot performance. Bearing Moore’s Law in mind, there is no reason why this trend should not continue.

”.... the rise of digital imaging put an end to the camera industry as we knew it. Many established players have gone out of business or balanced at the brink of bankruptcy for several years. The main reasons for this seem to be the explosive nature of digital technology, along with the fact that many firms had a position and a competence base that was rendered obsolete. While digital imaging has both popularized photography and taken it to new heights, this has been accomplished through the destruction of thousands of jobs and entire companies.”

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