Yet Another Camera Company Ponders Dropping Film

from the dying-a-slow-death dept

These stories are becoming so common that they're almost unremarkable these days, but Canon is the latest camera manufacturer to say it's considering quitting the film camera business. Such a decision, following a similar move by Nikon earlier this year, would certainly indicate the long-predicted death of the film camera business -- even though the film-using community lives on. Perhaps now stories about the death of film will slow down, and we'll be treated to analyst predictions about how long it will be before cameraphones kill the standalone digital camera business.
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    Topher3105, 25 May 2006 @ 11:12am


    Lets face it, at a consumer level, film is dead. There is just no need for the average picture taker to have to use film. They don't care about particulars and artistic merit of film, so digital is all they need. Film is a waste of money, resources and time. Kodak knows it, and most consumer or even prosumer level companies recognize there is no money in flim photography.

    I doubt film will die off completely, as there will be some professional level market that values it. Until digital can duplicate the effects of, say, infra red film or good quality black and white film and media, digital won't completely replace film. This is when photography is an artform, rather the just something to document everyday life.

    The idea the cellphones will ever be good cameras is laughable. Even at high resolutions, there isn't enough ability for a cellphone to take good pictures, even for everyday users. Camera phones are a gimmick for cellular companies to get teenagers to eat up data bandwidth sending pictures thus being able to charge more for their phone service. There is NOT ONE FEATURE on a cellphone that is not designed to make cellular providers richer.

    As long as cell phones are self serving profit makers for cellular providers, they will never become an ideal all in one device for everyday use, which means they will never offer greater capacity to take higher resolution pictures then what the cellular networks can easily transmit with their available bandwidth. I.e. 8mp pictures would saturate a cellular network and bring it to its knees if people started sending large resolution pictures. That is why camera phones don't offer more then 1 - 2mp images. Not because there is no CCD available to make higher resolution pictures, or the cost is too high (honestly, a $600 cell phone SHOULD offer 8mp camera), its simply because cell networks could not handle the bandwidth required by people sending high resolution pictures to each other.

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