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darthstar  Sep 8, 2016 • 7:38:48am

Okay, it’s all in my cart. Anybody got $!5K I can borrow?

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Great White Snark  Sep 8, 2016 • 4:37:59pm

Okay I have a different take. It’s a consumer attitude. The good quality camera in our cell phones is not the death but a chrysalis rebirth. The butterfly is the best cameras in Apple, Sony and Samsung phones. Sure that’s tough on Canon Rebel sales. And those point and shoots? yikes.

But a person that really enjoys that camera will often be thwarted by the limits those cameras do have. A tiny sensor can only do so much, that tech gets better in every size with time. That’s a new customer in waiting for a better camera.. Maybe a mirrorless, maybe a good DSLR.

Canon is moving more into cinema cameras, chasing dollars usually gotten by ARRI, Red and even Panavision. I don’t follow Nikon closely but I would be surprised to read they are terribly dependent on low end model sales. Their pro DSLR cameras are as good as any.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Sep 8, 2016 • 8:16:50pm

I agree with him that the camera manufacturers have been very slow to adapt to today’s connected tech culture. I just bought a new Nikon D3300 two years ago. To get WiFi capability, I have to buy a separate dongle OR buy the D3400 which has WiFi built in. That’s ridiculous! WiFi has been commonly available for a lot longer than two years, so why did it take Nikon so long to include it in a mid-range camera like the D3300?

Touchscreens, too. Northrup points out his 12-year-old tried to operate his camera by touching the LCD panel. It’s not just 6th graders. I’ve had college students here in China do the same thing with my D3300. Hell, I even have to resist touching it if I’ve been using my tablet for a reasonable length of time.

He’s got some very good points.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Sep 8, 2016 • 8:30:18pm

re: #2 Great White Snark

Okay I have a different take. It’s a consumer attitude. The good quality camera in our cell phones is not the death but a chrysalis rebirth. The butterfly is the best cameras in Apple, Sony and Samsung phones. Sure that’s tough on Canon Rebel sales. And those point and shoots? yikes.

But a person that really enjoys that camera will often be thwarted by the limits those cameras do have. A tiny sensor can only do so much, that tech gets better in every size with time. That’s a new customer in waiting for a better camera.. Maybe a mirrorless, maybe a good DSLR.

Canon is moving more into cinema cameras, chasing dollars usually gotten by ARRI, Red and even Panavision. I don’t follow Nikon closely but I would be surprised to read they are terribly dependent on low end model sales. Their pro DSLR cameras are as good as any.

Nikon still makes Coolpix P&S cameras of varying sizes and price points, but their bread and butter are the DSLRs and the new mirrorless J-system cameras. Northrup notes that Nikon now has Snapbridge, a connectivity app for Android phones, but it’s limited to Bluetooth, and only the newest Nikons have Bluetooth built in. Snapbridge oddly does not use WiFi, at least yet. If Nikon were to open their APIs to developers, we could see quicker turnaround on tweaks like enabling Snapbridge to use existing WiFi connectivity.

People who love photography will migrate to a “real” camera eventually, but he makes a good case for improving the UI of the cameras. Beginners would be more likely to buy a camera if the UI resembles an Android or iOS touchscreen.

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Great White Snark  Sep 9, 2016 • 10:55:37am

Cell phones are in a business model that embraces a far faster pace of technology that actually improves the phones number of extra features. Core tasks like voice quality and reception are largely unchanged. Battery like is still far short of what we had before smart phones.

Cameras function in a different model. Consumers are not expected to replace each couple years or faster. There are serious problems with drag screens on cameras. Glare. If the display moves to any angle, it will move again as you try to use that for settings. If you have a viewfinder, you can not use a screen for controls without taking your eye out of the viewfinder. Tactile button and dials are probably best for function in all circumstances rather than a few.


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