Does Samsung's point-and-shoot departure mark an industry-wide shift to mobile?
J. Qian wrote:
The shift has been going on for at least five years now. "Industry-wide shift" is another matter, though, since Samsung and Sony are only significant phone manufacturers which also manufacture compact cameras. Another matter is that a $100 basic compact still matches or exceeds a $500 (real price, not contract) smartphone in still image quality and has a zoom. Pay a little bit more and you get optical image stabilization for a price which can buy only a basic low end 3-5 MPix camera phone with a tiny sensor.
Currently high end smartphones do have an advantage over cheap compacts in video quality, but once low end compacts get CMOS sensors that advantage is likely to lessen or disappear as well. Not to mention the fact that shooting video that doesn't look like cr@p is even more difficult with a phone than a compact camera that might have some kind of grip. So, all in all more people will take most of their pictures with a smartphone, but even they will most of the time still have a compact camera for the really important occasions. Compact digital camera market will not grow much any more, but neither will is shrink rapidly anytime soon.
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