No major still camera makers make POV cameras. Why?

Started Feb 27, 2013 | Questions thread
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Cy Cheze Senior Member • Posts: 2,028
Sony makes them, but are POVs either profitable or safe?

Sony came to the POV party, albeit a bit late.

One could argue that the "tough" and "rugged" P&S models are superior versions of the GoPro or Contour devices, except that they are a tad large for helmet mounts.

Honestly, though, there is little for others to gain by entering the tiny POV cam niche at this point.

Reasons:

  1. No way to know whether the cameras are profitable to make.  GoPro is owned by a private equity firm.  Unless and until it makes a public offering, there is no way to know if it makes any money.  Meanwhile, if P&S cameras at large are unprofitable, why assume that $300 POV cameras are?  Odds are against it.  Tomorrow a Chinese firm could offer $20 POV cameras and put GoPro out of business.
  2. Sooner or later, a bunch of boarders, bikers, or BASE jumpers who break their necks using the things will file a class action suit alleging they (or their children) are "victims of an unsafe product," or towns, parks, or resorts will impose rules against their use.
  3. Why pay more for a POV labeled "Canon" or "Nikon" if the video or photos will look just as shakey or fish-eyed?+
  4. Camera "purists," who are mainly sedentary sorts, will complain about the lack of an OVF, manual controls, RAW, or prime lens options.
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