Will Apple enter camera market?
Hmm...if they do, they'll probably end up changing the camera market (of course they'll grab a big share along the way too).
They brought us 'personal computing' way back in the 1980s.
They changed our expectations from personal music players with the very 1st ipod.
They made iphone. Suddenly, all other smartphones/ palmtops/ pocketPCs looked like expensive paperweights.
They even changed the portable gaming market. Sightings of aunties and uncles (unlikely portable gamers) playing games on their iphones on the MRT/ bus are now commonplace.
They probably will change the handheld computing market with the ipad.
So, if they do enter the camera market, they'll change the way consumers perceive cameras, photography, sharing the media, how it'll impact other areas of the consumers' lifestyle. Heck, we already see a lot of iphone photographers online now.
So, considering their strength in swaying markets, I hope they don't enter the camera market. Really. I like my rangefinders, slrs, etc. I like understanding how pieces of glass change light paths, how aperture shapes/ sizes affect pictures, how light sources must be treated with utmost respect, how marvellously engineered is a 1/8000s shutter....
Not that the camera market isn't currently already targetting the 'entry level'/ 'novice' users. PnS, mirrorless, dslrs all come with mind-numbingly easy-to-use Auto modes. (why doesn't the NEX5 have buttons? so you don't get itchy fingers and press them). But if Apple comes into the picture (pun intended), white may become the next 'Vivid'.
For now some parts in me is willing to support motorola, even though i would like to try SE and HTC. (but i won't give iphone a chance, unless and until they make iphone mini which has the dimension similar to htc smart/wildfire or SE's Zylo.)
DSLR maybe not yet.. maybe P&S ones first.. their classic white gloss..
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Last edited by paesyl; 16th July 2010 at 11:42 AM.
I think if they enter the camera market, they will make "wonder PnS"?
One reason why they can revolutionised iphone is because they sell the exclusive license to Telco which cost Millions!!! and get them to sell at affordable price for more subscribers [And of course apple does a lot of publicity, and Steve Jobs hosted a lot of product previews unlike Mr Sim]. If they make DSLRs they won't revolutionised that easily bcuz dslr itself is expensive. PnS also a bit difficult because Samsung came up with cheap and good ones... and if they want to go economical, might as well improve the camera on iphones instead.
No doubt that Apple is known as a Premium, but to revolutionise involves a lot of price strategy. Unless they tap on an strategy called behaviour something.
Last edited by DarkPa1adin; 16th July 2010 at 11:42 AM.
Its more likely camera companies will likely incorporate a phone into a camera in future ....... technology transfer is easier this direction than a phone company branching into cameras
The chances of Apple going into camera is very very slim. Steven Job did mentioned earlier that software content is the way into the future. That is where the company is heading with iphone and ipad. They have bought a few content company like the recent Poly9 which is doing things like google earth.
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with reception issue, and the screen got some tint if u shoot a black/white paper and preview. imagine a dslr that can be used to call? or at least come with bluetooth "loud spkr + mic" for hp so that those photographers can keep on shooting w/o holding their hp
I can see Apple entering the market, but not the high-end performance DSLR sector . They'll probably come up with a PnS with really cool functions and before you know it, every other kid who used to want to buy a dslr just to look cool will bring an iCam around xD
yes, i think there will be an iSnap!
Gen1: iSnap 8mp, no optical zoom, no touch screen lcd (white/black) (4gb internal memory) (Built-in battery)
Gen2: iSnap 8mp, optical zoom, no touch screen (white/black) (4gb internal memory) (Built-in battery)
Gen2s: iSnap 12mp, optical zoom, no touch screen (white/black) (4gb/8gb internal memory) (Built-in battery)
Gen3: iSnap 15mp, optical zoom, touch screen (white/black) (4gb/8gb/16gb internal memory) (Built-in battery)
Gen3s: iSnap 15mp, optical zoom, touch screen (white/black) (4gb/8gb/16gb internal memory) (Built-in battery) (improved ISO performance)
Gen4: iSnap 18mp, optical zoom, touch screen (white/black) (8gb/16gb/32gb internal memory) (Built-in battery)
Gen4s: iSnap 18mp, optical zoom, touch screen (white/black) (8gb/16gb/32gb internal memory) (Built-in battery) (VGA Recording capabilities)
Gen5: iSnap 18mp, optical zoom, touch screen (white/black) (16gb/32gb internal memory) (Built-in battery) (720p recording capabilites)
Gen5s: iSnap 18mp, optical zoom, touch screen (white/black) (16gb/32gb internal memory)
(Improved manual video control)
Gen6: iSnap 18mp, inter-changable lens, touch screen (white/black) (16gb/32gb internal memory) (1080p recording capabilities)