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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Smartphones arenít killing these cameras


Point-and-shoots may be dead, but sales of higher-end SLRs are up

As if smartphones hadnít already made the point-and-shoot camera, well, pointless, Nokiaís new Lumia 1020 ó which has a full-featured camera jammed into its slim body ó makes clear that soon few snapshots will be taken on devices that cannot also play Fruit Ninja.

But while those who carry an iPhone or Android handset have little reason to reach for a point-and-shoot, smartphones still canít replace higher-end cameras. In fact, sales of SLRs are actually rising as photo sharing drives more consumers to seek out professional-level cameras for their personal use, says Chris Chute, a technology analyst at IDC.

Consumers in the U.S. spent $1.9 billion on digital point-and-shoot cameras between June 2012 and May 2013 ó a 26% drop from the year before, according to The NPD Groupís Retail Tracking Service. Yet Americans spent $2.1 billion on detachable lens cameras during the same period, up 5% from the previous year.

Sales of cameras with interchangeable lenses have also been ďa bright spotĒ for Nikon and Canon CAJ +0.32% , Chute says, and consumers are willing to shell out $1,000 for a camera of high quality. Panasonic and Olympus, meanwhile, are producing popular compact mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, said Stuart Jeffrey, an executive director at Nomura Securities who specializes in global communications equipment research.

Brands such as Casio and Kodak, which were major point-and-shoot players, have failed to stay competitive.

The shift away from point-and-shoot cameras began in 2008 as camera phones improved. In 2009 and 2010, point and shoot camera sales dropped 5%, and after 2011, when retina display was introduced on the iPhone 4, sales fell another 10% and continued to decline, Chute says.

Now, 70% of phones sold around the world contain a camera, said Carolina Milanesi, a vice president of research at Gartner, in a note.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop tells AllThingsD's Ina Fried why he thinks the $299 Nokia Lumia 1020, with its 41-megapixel zoom camera, is a game-changer in the smartphone market.

The popularity of photo sharing on social media (Instagram grew from 80 million users in July 2012 to more than 130 million in February 2013) has fueled consumer demand for the ability to instantly publish their photography, Chute says.

Still, a smartphone camera has some artistic limitations, says Brad Mangin, a professional photographer whose Instagram photos were featured in Sports Illustrated.

Mangin has become fond of taking photos on his iPhone 4, but said its shutter speed isnít quick enough for stop-action photos. The lack of zoom also leaves something to be desired.

To allow users to instantly upload their photos like they would with their smartphones, popular brands have launched cameras with Wi-Fi and connections to tablets and computers. But the introduction of those features came too late for the point-and-shoot, Chute says.

Point-and-shoots may be dead, but sales of higher-end SLRs are up



Jul 15, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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But what a lot of people are afraid of is that since everyone has a DLSR now that everyone will just disregard knowledged photographers and try photography themselves leaving good photographers out of business.


Jul 16, 2013 at 02:45 AM
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Where did you get all the statistics?


Jul 16, 2013 at 02:52 AM
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This is not the first time that a new capability has been heralded as the downfall of existing techniologies. Radio has been dead since what, about 1950?

The introduction of smartphones and phablets with a decent P&S capability is is not a fundamental change, like the conversion between film and digital. Give me a smartphone or a phablet that has an equivalent 500/4 + extenders, on a 'phone' with sustained 10+fps and super autofocus, and clean at ISO 12800, and I'll glue it between my 1DX and L-bracket, as a backup.

Let the chips fall where they may.



Jul 16, 2013 at 03:09 AM
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gome1122 wrote:
But what a lot of people are afraid of is that since everyone has a DLSR now that everyone will just disregard knowledged photographers and try photography themselves leaving good photographers out of business.


To some extent, "good photographers" have been threatened (replaced?) by the advent of digital photography for quite a while. Many of them now lead groups to exotic or semi-exotic areas for a fee (I think that's where the money is - other than wedding photography, and those guys earn their money IMO):

http://www.naturescapes.net/workshops/about

The right hand column is full of testimonials from people that have been on these tours.

As jcolwell said, "let the chips fall where they may". I agree.

But perhaps more importantly, why shouldn't everyone try photography?

Glenn



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Micky Bill wrote:
Where did you get all the statistics?


www.Marketwatch.com



Jul 16, 2013 at 03:25 AM
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gome1122 wrote:
But what a lot of people are afraid of is that since everyone has a DLSR now that everyone will just disregard knowledged photographers and try photography themselves leaving good photographers out of business.


People and companies have been using pro photographers less and less over the years. But I doubt pro photographers will ever cease to exist!

One only need look at the Sun-Times getting rid of their staff photographers and giving P&S to reporters.

But at the same time, those who take up photography as a hobby, soon learn its not just point and shoot and come to appreciate pro's.



Jul 16, 2013 at 03:27 AM
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Glenn NK wrote:
...But perhaps more importantly, why shouldn't everyone try photography?


We should. Now, most of us can.



Jul 16, 2013 at 04:02 AM
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lukeb wrote:
People and companies have been using pro photographers less and less over the years. But I doubt pro photographers will ever cease to exist!

One only need look at the Sun-Times getting rid of their staff photographers and giving P&S to reporters.

But at the same time, those who take up photography as a hobby, soon learn its not just point and shoot and come to appreciate pro's.


Actually I think the Sun Times was training reporters to use iPhones instead of P&S...



Jul 16, 2013 at 09:03 AM





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