Never ceases to amaze me that just as soon as some new technology comes in, it invariably becomes almost obsolete within months!
As film camera users, we’ve felt the very fast onslaught of cameras in cellphones….seems that nowadays, everyone and his aunty who has a smartphone, is a photographer. But, wait….there may be changes to this status-quo!
A recent survey (here we go again….another survey!) has found that the majority of smartphone users do not care much for the camera or the telephone capability of their cellphones. It showed that 83% used their phone for personal organization, 75% for it’s connectivity ability, whereas the communication aspect only covered 65% of users.
Not only this, but 50% of users surprisingly said they couldn’t care less about the presence of a camera in their phone and didn’t need the email function either.
Cutting a long story short, that means any gadget which can meet the above needs satisfactorily, will put the standard cellphones we now use, out of the market, period!
It seems likely, the pundits and soothsayers say, that “smart devices”, such as those that are worn as opposed to carried, like smart glasses, smart watches etc will be the ones that will take over from the soon-to-be-obsolete cellphone. These devices are becoming more advanced by the day, they are more practical and easy to use.
And the final straw that broke the camel’s back as they say, is that 4 letter word….cost!
Smartphones are getting more expensive daily; as an example, the new iPhone 5S now costs the same as a quality computer. The survey concludes that cellphone sales are set to drop from around 20% now, to just 4% by 2017….a massive fall by anybody’s standards.
So what does that have to do with film cameras then? Well, not a lot…and lots and lots…if you see what I mean.
Declining sales of cellphones with in-built cameras will signal the end of every Tom, Dick and Harry classing himself as a photographer, that’s for sure!