Why were some of Kodak's DCS models so far ahead of other digital cameras at the time?

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Re: Why were some of Kodak's DCS models so far ahead of other digital cameras at the time?

If I were running Kodak in 2004, I would probably have shut down DCS, too. Nothing to do with blaming them about the digital paradigm shift, but just the fact that Kodak had not, by that point, taken the steps they would have had to to remain competitive in the digital camera market.

If they had bought an established camera company (probably either Minolta or Pentax) in the late 1990s, they could have competed with Canon and Nikon as a camera manufacturer. They chose instead to partner, which was mostly a conflict of interest and left them non-competitive. Fuji did a bit better, at least with the D200/S5Pro, but such partnership was unsustainable for them, too.

The other choice was for them to go all in on sensor design and fabrication. They certainly had a lot of investment here, but not the dominating development and acquisition of IP and manufacturing that they would have needed to become the major sensor supplier. Instead, Sony stepped into that role - and also bought Konica/Minolta so they could become a competitive camera company as well.

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