Camera phones and YOU.

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Mackiesback
Mackiesback Senior Member • Posts: 6,505
Re: Fun with the phone camera

sportyaccordy wrote:

Jonsi wrote:

I think phones had a huge affect on P&S sales, not so much DSLR sales. But in both cases it is about convenience, not because they want "better".

For sure, phones definitely hit P&S sales hard. But ILC sales are down by 1/2 from the peak. And it seems most of those sales are at the bottom of the market. Definitely seems like phones are having an effect there too.

Perhaps an effect, but I think it is far easier to pin it on the fact that the pipeline is full, and the new models don't offer enough of an upgrade to keep the early adoption/saturation ordering cycle humming at the same level as it was when the pipeline was just getting filled. This happens with TVs, Home PCs, heck, it is even starting to happen with cell phones. It is ridiculously predictable, and has nothing to do with the quality of the product or the condition of the economy.

And better is subjective. For many, convenient is better. This isn't foreign to the photography community either. Most major camera innovations (film to digital, auto focus/exposure/white balance, video) have been convenience based. Even image quality helps with convenience- more base ISO DR = less bracketing. Higher resolution sensors = shorter lenses get more reach. Better high ISO performance = smaller, slower lenses- maybe zooms- and possibly smaller formats too. So the pursuit of convenience is hardly limited to civilians... it's huge for enthusiasts and pros too.

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