Camera industry in crisis? Thought provoking article.

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meland
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Re: Camera industry in crisis? Thought provoking article.
In reply to jrkliny, 7 months ago

jrkliny wrote:

IMO, there are two very important issues. Cellphone cameras has gotten pretty good and continue to improve at a rapid rate. The dedicated point and shoot cameras just don't offer that much more capabiltiy. Secondly, DSLR improvements have been very slow. Canon has been stuck around 24 Mp for full frame cameras and about 18 Mp for APS-C cameras. Five years ago cameras like the 7D were really very impressive, but there is still no replacement. Sure megapixels is only one measure of sensor performance and is meaningless for some photographers (not me). Unfortunately Canon has also failed to improve dynamic range and high ISO noise. Canon is probably the worst example of stagnation in DSLR development, but the other manufacturers are barely ahead or also failing to advance. I expected to upgrade my camera body after 2-3 years but there has been no reason to do so. I should be on my second upgrade by now. There are only so many new DSLR users. Manufacturers need to make improvements to sell upgrades.

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Of course the 'stagnation' in the technology of DSLRs that you refer to might indeed be a reason for declining sales. But there are only so many improvements that can be made if the technology has plateaued, which arguably it has. I am sure the manufacturers would love to come out with real and significant improvements which would cause existing users to upgrade but the fact is that expectations from people such as us probably exceed reality. You may consider Canon to be the worst example of "stagnation in DSLR development" and think that they need to do something about that but the reality is that the improvement in "dynamic range and high ISO noise" that you feel is so important actually isn't that important for many, as demonstrated by Canon's maintenance of market share despite what some might consider as failings.

So unless we are going to wear our cameras out, which most don't, there is actually little reason to upgrade and cosmetic tinkering isn't going to help.

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