my first reaction was that this is dum but Sonyalphrumors says that this just may be the most preordered camera in Sony's history. Many average people like using their smartphones, these cameras will put far better pics on their phones. They will probably be a lot of fun too since the screen and the camera don't need to be connected.
Obviously not every alligator knows how to shoot a Canon
SleepyHammer: I don't care about the name. I just hope they make the firmware open source and hacker-friendly, maybe Android-based. I.e., just make the platform and let the community go nuts with the software. That would really differentiate them and make manufacturers with proprietary software run for cover or join the fun.
Apps and hacked firmware are two different things.
Hey now that's a thought, a hacker friendly camera. It wouldn't be everybody's cup of tea, but it would be fun for those who have that inclination.
D1N0: Put this right next to the polaroids. It's just businessmen trying to make a buck (or a yuan). No interest in real photography whatsoever. (just my prejudice, educated guess, enlightened vision, take your pick).
I think bean-counters have a heavy influence on all of them. The large number of models of cameras that are simply missing firmware features and maybe some minor extras makes it look like these companies are run by accountants who took some engineering classes :)