quote: NPD's study, however, found that cameras with detachable lenses and those with 10x optical zoom or greater actually saw increases in units sold (12 percent and 16 percent, respectively), meaning the high-end market has no need to worry just yet.
quote: In 1998, the unit share by camera type purchases, according to Photo Marketing Association International (PMA), was: 35mm lens shutter with 46.5 percent; camcorder with 22.4 percent; APS with 8 percent; 110 with 7.6 percent; instant with 5.5 percent; 35mm SLR with 4.1 percent; digital still camera with 3 percent; and professional medium and large format with 2.9 percent
quote: ...many now standardly equipped with 8-megapixel cameras — to capture spontaneous moments
quote: A report issued by marketing analyst group NPD found that casual photographers are increasingly using their smartphones
quote: And while the point-and-shoot market is already feeling the impact, the threat to DSLR and higher-end cameras is imminent as smartphone technology improves.
quote: All manufacturers, including Samsung, need to focus on the value proposition of a camera and what differentiates it versus a smartphone
quote: The news shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as smartphones and tablets continue their march towards becoming an all-in-one device, putting stand-alone MP3-player and GPS manufacturers at risk, as well.