Why Are Cameras Dying Off?

Started Jul 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
John Miles
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Re: Why Are Cameras Dying Off?
In reply to jmgiv, Jul 14, 2013

My opinions only, I claim no authority:

The beginning of the digital camera age was measured in the efforts to buy the best image quality for your money. Sensor and screen pixel counts were close to equal, so very slight increases in image quality were major talking points, and upgrading to the next generation of camera was a must to preserve those precious memories in ever better quality.

But by 2010 the humble point and shoot had pixel counts far exceeded any quality of screen available. And the phone camera came into its own.

Camera ownership is on the increase. When else in our history can it be said that everyone has a camera about them almost constantly.

The phones have cameras and the point and shoots from five years ago or more still take great photographs.Until something breaks there is no need to buy again, and some of those sales will transfer to using the phone instead.

The phone is not placed well to take on high zoom cameras however, nor are they of such image quality that can be had from a camera. So whilst the low zoom point and shoot might be taking a drop in sales, High zoom and high end cameras nee only feel a temporary dip as those content with phone images depart.

Cameras sales are to some extent capped by relatively poor screen resolutions  that we are seemingly fully prepared to accept. Blu-Ray has a resolution 1920x1080 or thereabouts; less than 2Mp. Yet I'm perfectly happy with that. doubling that size is still only 8Mp. So since 8Mp cameras went on sale no-one has needed the upgrade; especially given that we were suddenly accepting the lesser quality from phones.

Lenses will always sale. By that I mean that the big lens is (currently) something the phone can't do. So cameras utilising a 'big' lens, whether as a fixed or lens change camera, will see stability in the future.

Some want more than their phone image quality, learn that tiny sensors are 'to blame', and go straight for the DSLR. But good sensors are shrinking in size and creating a slowly developing middle ground - the 4/3" territory.

The ground as yet to be revisited by camera manufactures is the area of sensor size between the 4/3" cameras and the point and shoot crowd. As this area develops, and the small sensor continue improving, the equivalent but smaller lenses will draw people into this sales area. They will come from all over, being phone or DSLR people alike, so an effect on DSLR sales at least might be noticed eventually.

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