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

Started Aug 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
Josh152 Senior Member • Posts: 2,018
Re: Most people do not know DPR exists

Dave Lively wrote:

When most people buy a camera they ask friends, look at reviews online or go to a store. They know better than to go to a forum where anyone can post anything. They want to be able to take images that are good enough for their purposes and there is no way they are going to spend hours going through the forums.

Images being "good enough" hurts more than compacts. I have some friends with 5-8 year old SLRs with the kit lens and maybe a fast prime and/or long zoom. The only one thinking of upgrading is the one whose camera has a broken flash which would cost a lot of money to have fixed. She bought the camera because she wanted a camera fast enough to take good photos of her dogs playing, with a lens long enough to take wildlife pictures and be able to take decent pictures indoors. Her 8 year old Canon Rebel did all of that just fine until the flash broke. There was a big surge of new buyers when DSLRs first became affordable but it is over. Camera makers are going to have a hard time convincing current DSLRs owners to upgrade when their current camera does everything they want it to. That leaves them with a much smaller first time buyer market and a small group of enthusiasts.

Even the enthusiasts are going to be less likely to upgrade going forward.  I mean realistically cameras like the D7100, D600,D800,D7000,D700, 5DII,5DIII,7D,60D,70D ect are so good that they can be the last camera an enthusiast or even most pros will ever need until it stops working.  I mean take a D800 or D7100 for example. what could possibly be added to them?  More megapixels? maybe slightly better AF? A little more dynamic range? Perhaps a couple more fps and a little bigger buffer?  How many people are going to spend what is a significant amount of money for such relatively minor things when when those cameras are already so capable and likely way more than they need anyway?  Especially since there are lenses, flashes, tripods, software, computer gear, ect that enthusiasts want/need as well.

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