Camera sales are falling and it's partially our fault.

Started Aug 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
Tom Axford Veteran Member • Posts: 4,909
Camera sales reflect the rate of development of the technology

I think camera sales to a large extent follow the rate of development of new technology.

When I started using film cameras several decades ago, I purchased a new camera about once every ten years at most.

Camera development speeded up in the 1980s and 1990s with the development of autofocus and other goodies. When digital came in, the speed of development increased further. Recently, I have been buying a new camera almost every year because significant improvement occur at that sort of speed.

However, cameras are now so good that it is getting harder for the manufacturers to improve their performance sufficiently to persuade us to part with our money for a new model. My guess is that the market will slow down gradually and return to a level that is more sustainable in the long term. But it is always hazardous trying to predict the future, I could be totally wrong!

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