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    Default LaForet: Dedicated Cameras are Coming to an End for all but PROS

    I am sharing this on every photo forum I am a member of as we are either working or hobbyist photographer who have probably bought a mirrorless/SLR camera. I find it a fun topic to talk about, assuming you aren't selling these still cameras.

    Vincent LaForet was the first to promote the coming of HD video onto SLRs making his thoughts on the ongoing decline of still cameras have weight.

    Without further adieu read this blog post below.

    http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2015/...-all-but-pros/

    Note to Vincent: Get someone to proof read for you.

    This video below expounds LaForet's thoughts with some rounded numbers

    http://youtu.be/bfCJDIf-NeA

    Here are some more precise numbers to supplement the blog and video.

    http://lensvid.com/wp-content/upload...00-ver-2-0.jpg

    Source: http://lensvid.com/gear/lensvid-excl...ustry-in-2013/

    Production, Shipment of Digital Still Cameras in 2014

    42.8 million - still cameras covering point & shoots, mirrorless and SLRs
    - 29.28 million point & shoots
    - 3.17 million mirrorless
    - 10.32 million SLRs

    Production, Shipment of Digital Still Cameras in 2013

    61.0 million - still cameras covering point & shoots, mirrorless and SLRs
    - 44.19 million point & shoots
    - 3.18 million mirrorless
    - 13.64 million SLRs

    Production, Shipment of Interchangeable Lenses in 2014

    22.3 million lenses covering crop & full frame
    - 5.7 million full frame lenses
    - 16.6 million crop lenses

    Production, Shipment of Interchangeable Lenses in 2013

    25.88 million22.3 million lenses covering crop & full frame
    - 6.01 million full frame lenses
    - 19.87 million crop lenses

    vs

    1.3 billion smartphones shipped in 2014

    Of which 1 billion are Android and 193 million are iPhones

    Makes me wish I used all the money I spent on Canon & Apple gear went into Apple stock at $7.00/share in 2002.

    What makes the smartphone market so big is that a sizeable chunk of smartphone users are on contract so they get upgraded phones every 12, 24 or 36 months. These upgrades are "pushed" on them rather than us working/hobbyist photographers "pulling" these upgrades with our still cameras.

    I also think just like the PC shipping figures still cameras are either abandoned in favor of smartphones/tablets or upgraded based on need (the subject they're photographing needs XYZ feature or the camera broken down and isn't worth repairing).

    Less than 1% of those buying a still camera of any sort buys a SLR. The 1% of the 1% of SLR buyers buys a double grip pro body like a Canon 1D X or Nikon D4S.

    It puts into perspective where/who we are today. Doesn't it?

    With this in mind do you find yourself thinking perhaps the next upgrade you will skip all together?
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    I believe point and shoot cameras are on its way out. Which is also why manufacturers are pushing high end point amd shoots and mirrorless more than ever.

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    Default Re: LaForet: Dedicated Cameras are Coming to an End for all but PROS

    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    I believe point and shoot cameras are on its way out. Which is also why manufacturers are pushing high end point amd shoots and mirrorless more than ever.
    Yup, because smartphone cameras are getting better and better. Everyone has a smartphone now so it doesn't make sense to get a low end PNS if the camera is about as good as the camera that came with your phone.

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    Default Re: LaForet: Dedicated Cameras are Coming to an End for all but PROS

    Cameras and lenses are sold because they are cameras and lenses and people want / need them. In contrast: how many smartphones were sold because of the camera they have built-in?
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    Default Re: LaForet: Dedicated Cameras are Coming to an End for all but PROS

    Actual shipments in 2014
    Forecasted shipments for 2015


    CIPA2015Forecast by alabang, on Flickr

    Point & shoots is the most affected in drop in sales.

    Interchangeable lenses and bodies the least affected.

    People on photo forums will still buy dedicated still cameras.

    People who dont will probably use what they have until it is too expensive to fix or just get a new smartphone.
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