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Old 02-01-2012, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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COMMENTARY | According to Mike Tomkins of Imaging Resource, digital camera maker Canon is in a bit of a bind. Its high-end Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras are growing in popularity, but compact cameras -- the basic point-and-shoot variety -- are starting to tank except in "emerging markets." Which is code for third-world countries, where most people can't afford SLRs anyway.

Why Are Digital Cameras Disappearing? - Yahoo! News
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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There is a significant difference between third world countries and emerging markets.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:14 PM
 
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Why? They cost too much, and break too easily. That's why I don't buy them anymore. The other reason is that it's just easier to use the camera in a phone.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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In other words, junk consumer cameras are being replaced with other junkier consumer cameras on a multipurpose device.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:52 AM
 
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In other words, junk consumer cameras are being replaced with other junkier consumer cameras on a multipurpose device.
You nailed it! Of course some people can only afford the junk cameras.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I recently bought a Canon DSLR. I have never taken such gorgeous pictures.
The phone is OK for a quick pic here and there but for quality pics I really love the DSLR.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Well that's just the way things pan out, isn't it?

A phone will never be able to replace a proper photographic machine, though. I don't think any compact technology can replace a physical lens.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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My iPhone 4S takes fantastic pictures. Are they are good as a DSLR, of course not. But it takes just as good, if not better pictures than most of the point-and-shoot cameras out there. Why spend ~$130 on a P&S camera when I could pay $199 to take better pictures, AND do a lot more? A smartphone is essentially a computer in your pocket.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:16 PM
 
Location: AZ
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It makes perfect sense that this is happening. I have an 8MP camera on one of my mobile phones. The other has a 4MP camera. They both take very good pictures that look like they were taken with a decent point and shoot camera,without having to carry a point and shoot camera in the first place.

If I want or need anything better than that, it's DSLR territory.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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cell phones are the new point-and-shoot cameras.

no wonder the kodak chief executive called digital cameras 'a crappy business'.
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