mFT/camera industry: time to better adapt to smart phones?

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Re: mFT/camera industry: time to better adapt to smart phones?
In reply to Bhima78, 2 months ago

Bhima78 wrote:

If we want this industry to grow, connectivity and user experience is going to have to play a bigger roll in the development of this tech. YOU might be fine yanking out your card and plugging it into a tablet or whatever but, the majority of potential customers are not.

I still think that the majority of potential camera users don't have a lot of desire to send image directly to web albums from their cameras. Given today's realistic bandwidth, coverage and online pricing, this would be too time consuming, unreliable and expensive. It is the camera industry, which likes to convince you of additional paid services (do you really think that an "Olympus cloud" is a good idea), so don't get fooled by this.

Smartphone snapshotting is dominated by screen and touch operation not because this paradigm is better, but because there is no better alternative. It is the strength of a camera to provide this alternative, however, at the expense of portability.

Supporting a world of apps on complex camera devices would be a nightmare for the camera industry and the users. There aren't really that much opportunities to improve camera experience with apps, which go beyond gimmicks and what we aleady have: tethering and remote control.

We, the enthusiasts, artists, and professionals will always be here. We deal with some of the clunkyness of going from shot to computer to friends/clients. Most people would err on the side of convenience even if they too desire higher IQ.

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