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plugsnpixels 14-02-21 19:23

The iPhone has wiped out the digital camera market (news)
Just saw this today, though it's been posted in various places over the last few days. I suppose this would apply mainly to non-professional photographers, though there might be some creep into the pro market:

"Whenever people want to make fun of a stodgy old corporation that couldn’t see the future, they love referencing the camera maker Kodak. But Kodak wasn’t the only old dog taken out by the digital camera revolution: All camera companies have now fallen to the iPhone. Last year, only 9m cameras were sold, down from 122m in 2010, per tech journalist (and Gigamon founder) Om Malik.

Meanwhile, Apple moved 200m+ iPhones in 2020
While there are countless other camera-enabled smartphones, the iPhone -- which has sold 1B+ units since launching in 2007 -- clearly leads the pack.

Here’s how Malik thinks digital cameras will shake out moving forward:

·Big players: At <10m units per year, the 4 big digital camera makers (Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony) will be fighting over scraps. Sony is best positioned to thrive, but not as a camera maker: It supplies camera sensors to everyone, including Apple.

·Niche players: Super high-end cameras (Leica, Hasselblad, Phase One) will maintain share with pros and super-hobbyists.
As for Kodak, the company was last in the news for potential insider trading when the Trump administration awarded it $765m to make COVID-related pharmaceuticals."

Peter Waites 20-02-21 11:10

I originally saw my Samsung phone camera as something useful when dismantling things but then I began texting photos from the phone as it was the quickest way. It's beginning to feature as something more tthan a handy recording tool.

plugsnpixels 20-02-21 18:57

The only thing we might miss is a long zoom, but supposedly there are attachments for that (one being advertised on the web all the time). I tried a cheap one once and was not impressed.

ayjay 01-06-21 19:22

Photographing Dragonflies and Butterflies, I can't achieve anything like the results I get with my Canon 80D and Sigma 180 Macro on my phone, (Motorola G4) : landscapes and portraits are not too bad, but I'll be sticking with my camera for all the wee beasties.

wolfie 02-06-21 09:12

Try photographing birds in flight with an Iphone or even fast moving aircraft. I will stick with my Canons


luckypiglive 12-06-21 08:32


Originally Posted by wolfie (Post 60874)
Try photographing birds in flight with an Iphone or even fast moving aircraft. I will stick with my Canons


lol, yeah! mostly the mobiles are good for amateur pictures..even thougth they look stunning.

sassan 30-05-22 06:58

Interesting that you said it then. This was the topic of discussion and a major concern for "Tony Northrop" and if you haven't seen it yet, worth to have look. Here is a LINK

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