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The Great Extinction: Point-And-Shoot Cameras

Long live the smartphone camera!
The Great Extinction: Point-And-Shoot Cameras© 2017 Future Tech

Since at least 2012, all camera manufacturers have reported a massive decrease in classic compact or “point-and-shoot” sales, which has steadily plummeted in the years since. 

It’s been a long time coming, folks. Just like the dinosaurs were permanently wiped off the face of the Earth, so too, will the point-and-shoot camera become extinct.

Since at least 2012, all camera manufacturers have reported a massive decrease in classic compact or “point-and-shoot” sales, which has steadily plummeted in the years since.

And I mean, obviously, right? Why on Earth would we always carry two cameras? That’s repetitive, unnecessary and a waste of money (which I will remind all viewers, millennials don’t have money).  

But it’s not just the physical camera. Not really, anyways. I mean sure, when our smartphones were as ancient as the dinosaur (circa 2009), with 5 megapixels we obviously weren’t thinking about our smartphones as cameras. But it’s not just that. “Back then” we used to actually save our photo to our desktops (lol, desktops) and then print it for later (for our old lady scrapbooks we told ourselves that we would make).

Photos aren’t as much about the actual photo, as much as they are now about sharing the photo - and sharing the photo instantly.

But now? We have Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Photos aren’t as much about the actual photo, as much as they are now about sharing the photo - and sharing the photo instantly.

Point-and-shoots can’t edit our photos immediately after we take them, and they can’t upload them to the internet in less than 3 seconds. But our smartphones?

Well, now all flagships have at least a standard 13 megapixel back snapper, which is just as good as most point-and-shoots, some even have 21 megapixels, and fancy color technology to bring out our very best. And even more importantly (the narcissist generation prevails!) our smartphones have a selfie camera, which has not only changed the game, but brings usually a minimum of 8 megapixels to the table.

The era of the point-and-shoot is over. I mean, hell. Some people even choose to use their iPad camera over a point-and-shoot. That's just embarassing (for both the person, and the point-and-shoot). 

The era of the point-and-shoot is over. I mean, hell. Some people even choose to use their iPad camera over a point-and-shoot. That's just embarassing (for both the person, and the point-and-shoot). It’s a dying breed, because it can’t compete. They always look the same, they always offer the same thing. Some are a bit more bedazzled, to be sure - they can be waterproof, but then, tons of smartphones are waterproof, or at least water resistant these days anyway.

Smartphones, on the other hands, have limitless possibilities. While it’s true they also usually offer the same generic things, the point is that there is room for innovation. They can still become something else. It is not only a phone, or a camera, or access to the internet. But the point-and-shoot? It has nothing left, clearly, or camera manufacturers wouldn’t be singing the song of death.

Smartphones know the role they have played in this murder. Don’t think otherwise. That’s why Samsung and Apple brought their A camera game to their flagships this year.

Don’t be too sad for the point-and-shoot, frankly, they were incredibly overpriced for what they offered anyways.

Bring out your dead, the era of the smartphone camera begins!

 

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