Compact digital camera sales slump but SLR's 12% up

Discussion in 'News and Rumors' started by Richkaz, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Richkaz

    Richkaz Regular

    Mar 1, 2012
  2. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    the fastest lens on a smartphone is the F2, 28mm-e on the HTC One S and X.
    The widest is on the Nokia Pureview 808, at26mm-e in 16:9 and f 2.2
    Given the life cycle of smartphones, this will likely be exceeded in a few months.
    The Best IQ in smartphone can be found in the Nokia n8, 12mp, 28mm-e, f2.8 and the Nokia Pureview 808, 41mp.
    This last is unlikely to be exceeeded anytime soon.
    I have the N8 and One S, really thinking about getting the 808 as well!
    Smartphones have got quite good, their big advantage is they are always with one, as befits a convergence device :)
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  3. Julien

    Julien Top Veteran

    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    Yes, this confirms what has been predicted for a while, and I think that compacts will lose market shares faster and faster in the coming months/years. With a smartphone you can share a picture in real time, for most people that's infinitely more useful than the slight improvement in IQ that a standard compact cam with 1/2.3" sensor will provide. I think unless manufacturers start consolidating their lineups around a couple of well defined models with larger sensors, faster lenses (think RX100) and more features like wifi (think EX2F) and manual controls, this segment will soon lose all relevance and disappear.
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  4. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    I agree that "sharing" the pictures is a huge advantage for phones. The other is that we always carry our phones, but only more serious enthusiasts (like us) carry a camera all the time.
  5. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    I have grown 'lazy' in that I have been shooting more and more with my phone(s). I have to make a concerted effort to carry anything larger and even then it is usually something light like my GRD 3...