That was the heading of one of the paragraphs in this report about the state of camera sales in 2016. It was mentioned, also, that smartphones killed the compact camera market. Thinking back to our photography workshop in Cuba, of course everyone had a “real” camera. Many different brands were represented: Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Fuji, and Leica. No one did the workshop with their cameraphone, though, based on a couple facts:
1. use of moderately wide angle lenses, 28 – 35mm
2. We were to zoom with our feet, getting up close and personal
I believe that the workshop could have been accomplished, quite easily, with a cameraphone. According to the article, the people generally interested in having a dedicated camera, be that point and shoot, mirrorless, or DSLR, are in the 40 – 60+ range, certainly our demographic for that group. However, outside of the group, now that I think about it, for the most part, younger people were using their smartphones to take pictures while their parents had a camera with a zoom lens on it.
As I am in the demographic, I can safely say that, at least for now, I want a “real” camera. Having only a cameraphone just won’t do!