Digital Cameras can't compete with Mobile Phones!

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
In a rather candid statement, the Canon CEO, Fujio Mitarai has admitted that digital cameras cannot compete with the mobile phones and the market for digital cameras will shrink even further in the next few years!

Even though the writing has been on the wall for a while now, it seems to me that the camera industry has almost stalled when it comes to innovation, while mobile phone camera manufacturers are improving their technology rapidly!

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Speaking to the Nikkei Fujio Mitarai, warned that the digital camera industry would keep declining. He said that by around 2021, it will have reached its lowest point, having shrunk by almost 50 percent.

"People usually shoot with smartphones. The digital camera market will keep falling for about two years, but professional and [advanced] amateurs use about 5 to 6 million units. Finally [the market] will hit the bottom," he said.

While more traditional camera companies are turning to full-frame mirrorless products, Mitarai says these are simply replacing DSLRs, rather than expanding the industry and attracting new digital camera users.

"In our company cameras have declined at around 10% a year in the past few years. The world market for interchangeable lens cameras is around 10 million. The mirrorless product is growing, but it is a replacement [for] single lens reflex, it is not adding to the market as a whole," he explained.
 

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These are the sci-fi inspired digital binoculars you didn’t know you wanted
By Daven Mathies — Posted on January 7, 2019 2:00PM PST
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Binoculars haven’t changed that dramatically over the years, but Canadian optics company NexOptic is hoping to change that perception with its DoubleTake digital binoculars. Announced at CES 2019, the DoubleTake replaces the usual eyecups with a 5-inch HD LCD display, offering a comfortable viewing experience that can even be shared by multiple people at the same time.

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Built around a quad-core processor and 12-megapixel image sensor, the DoubleTake is more digital camera than binoculars. It can share photos with your mobile device and even record 4K video. It features two levels of optical zoom, 2.5x and 10x, with the latter providing an equivalent focal length of over 500mm. By using dual levels of zoom, users can more easily locate and track subjects, punching in for more detail once found.
Switching between the two angles of view is seamless and instant, and digital image stabilization helps keep the subject in the frame.
While it functions very much like a camera, it still looks more akin to a pair of binoculars — albeit, a more futuristic take on it. More than just made to accommodate the large LCD, the wide body is designed for both one- and two-handed use, offering familiar ergonomics for binoculars users.

Compared to traditional binoculars, which can be finicky to fit to your eyes and keep in the right position, the large LCD monitor on the DoubleTake is essentially foolproof. NexOptic hasn’t stated brightness or contrast statistics for the screen, but visibility in bright sunlight is one potential concern. Battery life is another unknown, with the company simply stating it has an internal lithium-ion battery.
The product is made possible thanks to NexOptic’s Blade Optics technology, which incorporates a number of optical engineering techniques to improve performance and compactness. Currently in the prototype stage, the exact dimensions and specifications of the DoubleTake haven’t been announced, but NexOptic is advertising it as “remarkably lightweight” and compact. It is also water-resistant and shockproof, good news for the outdoor enthusiasts who are the clear target demographic here.
While pricing remains to be seen, NexOptic says it is on track to begin selling to consumers sometime this year.


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CES 2019: NexOptic's DoubleTake is the Digital Binocular You Want | Digital Trends
 

Theloststory

Well-Known Member
What I want to see in my DSLR:
  • a simpler wireless way of transferring images from camera to (1) PC (2) SmartPhone (perhaps like tethered shooting. Every shot on your camera auto enters the smartphone app and open for grade and upload)
  • a simple, perhaps as simple as Instagram, app from camera manufacturer to quickly grade raw files.
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
What I want to see in my DSLR:
  • a simpler wireless way of transferring images from camera to (1) PC (2) SmartPhone (perhaps like tethered shooting. Every shot on your camera auto enters the smartphone app and open for grade and upload)
  • a simple, perhaps as simple as Instagram, app from camera manufacturer to quickly grade raw files.
Quite a few DSLRs come with Wireless connectivity these days (wifi and bluetooth), though I agree, their apps can be made a lot better.
 

cat

Senior Billi
The best phone cams - smartphones with good cameras - cost 5x more - or 10x more - than a decent slim-size P&S. I was surprised to see what the Huawei Mate 20 Pro costs.
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
Yes and these mobile phones are replaced more frequently than a digital camera.

However, you are not spending all that money for just the camera. For vast majority of high-end phone buyers, it is more of a style statement. Most of these buyers barely scratch the surface of their mobile phones’ capabilities.

Having said that, camera is still an additional expense and thing to carry, while the mobile phone is just there. And the funny thing is, you can take a million photos with a mobile phone and still won’t stick out like a DSLR user would, just by pulling out his/her camera. At least for everyday situations, not sticking out helps.
 

cat

Senior Billi
My Samsung S5 - which was a gift... aside from the phone [app] and SMS, all I use is the web browser and the email app and the music player (when I'm away from the laptop.) And Uber. And sometimes I need google maps. So... :) I don't want a new phone, but the camera thing... I decided I must travel light, carry-on luggage only, so 7 Kg minus the weight of the luggage = 4 Kg, maybe 4.2.
Music player needed for long flights, + 20 000 mAh power bank, 330g.

"Having said that, camera is still an additional expense and thing to carry, while the mobile phone is just there. And the funny thing is, you can take a million photos with a mobile phone and still won’t stick out like a DSLR user would, just by pulling out his/her camera. At least for everyday situations, not sticking out helps. "
Why I take photos in the supermarket. :) But it's very unergonomic for me.
Yes, it's a new, different paradigm. Phone cam and video with Fb or Instagram live.
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
My Samsung S5 - which was a gift... aside from the phone [app] and SMS, all I use is the web browser and the email app and the music player (when I'm away from the laptop.) And Uber. And sometimes I need google maps. So... :) I don't want a new phone, but the camera thing... I decided I must travel light, carry-on luggage only, so 7 Kg minus the weight of the luggage = 4 Kg, maybe 4.2.
Music player needed for long flights, + 20 000 mAh power bank, 330g.



Why I take photos in the supermarket. :) But it's very unergonomic for me.
Yes, it's a new, different paradigm. Phone cam and video with Fb or Instagram live.
Hang the camera around your neck, and it won't be counted in your carry on luggage weight ;). You can also carry additional laptop bag with your carry on luggage. Just some of the flight tricks that work well, especially if the airline you are flying with, actually weighs your carry on luggage. Most of the airlines in India don't do this and I can easily carry my 10-11 Kg camera bag without paying anything.

If you are looking for a compact camera, that is cheap yet good, then choices are severely limited these days.
 

cat

Senior Billi
Yes, I could take the camera as well as the handbag/shoulder bag [in addition to the actual suitcase/"spinner"] but more than one shoulder strap is a hassle for me. Small compact camera...I'll look, when I'm finished with all the other online shopping stuff, but I'm not so motivated - better image quality, I don't know, and they're mostly just as thin (unergonomic) as phones, but a flat bottom would be helpful... I like to rest it against something, and that doesn't work well with the phone, the volume button tilts it.
 
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