Worth reading: “The Smartphone vs The Camera Industry”
- Cameras are large and unwieldy
- Cameras are generally complex and hard to use, relative to a smart phone’s camera
- Posting photos taken on a camera is complex relative to posting from a smart phone
- Post processing camera photos on a computers means a decently powerful computer and learning specialized software
- Most photos are posted online, and end up viewed at about a 1.2 megapixel resolution. Meanwhile, camera makers are pushing 50 to 100 megapixel cameras … which is a disconnect from how most photos are being used.
- Smart phones sell in far larger volumes than cameras creating economies of scale, plus R&D budgets much larger than camera R&D budgets.
- Some camera users are now former camera users and only take photos with their smart phones.
The author’s conclusion is that smart phones will consume most of the market for cameras.