Interesting article posted by Kirk Tuck...All the cameras are better than you are

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amtberg
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Re: Similar to computers
In reply to String, 4 months ago

String wrote:

amtberg wrote:

I agree with Tuck's thesis and its reminiscent of what's happened to desktop computers. For years the need for speed drove consumer demand as we all snapped up faster and faster machines. But recently computer sales started declining, simply because the machines have become more than fast enough for 100% of what maybe 95% of the people use them for. In fact, even tablets can satisfy most users' computer needs.

We're now at the point where inexpensive digital cameras are much better than 35mm film cameras ever were, and even for those few people who print, the output is more than adequate for even large home printers.

To be honest, it doesn't bode well for the camera manufacturers. I've got to believe that camera sales will continue to decline, much as PC sales have, as cell phones continue to eat away the lower end and higher end users discover that their existing cameras are plenty good enough.

It's usually been games/gamers who push the envelope on PC performance. Lots of those will pay more for a video card than most people will pay for a whole system. It did slacken off for a while due to the XBox/PS2 (and the retail stores) however PC games are once again pushing the envelope.

Besides, there is no such thing as "fast enough" when it comes to post processing

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Yeah, but photo/video enthusiasts fall within that 5% segment.  I'm a 3D artist by trade and there aren't many pursuits that benefit as much from high performance PCs.  That's why my main machine is a six-core i7 overclocked (water) to 4.5ghz and why my machine is stuffed with 64GB RAM.

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