The Future of Photography~Sony Rumors Nails It.
Sony Alpha Rumors is a web site I regularly follow. I do believe that, without a doubt, Sony is leading the big three, Canon, Nikon, Sony, in new ideas, taking chances and rethinking what a camera should be going forward. There is so much technology in the photography world that has not been deployed in the high end DSLR world and from what I’m seeing, Sony is moving that direction faster than both Nikon and Canon. I applaud Sony for thinking outside the box. If you want a sense of what “Could Be” if the leaders in digital photography were to decide to make it happen, take a look at this post by Amit Zinman on the Sony Alpha Rumors site. He spent the time to write the things I’ve been thinking myself.
If the camera industry doesn’t’ get their act together Apple may be the one producing our professional cameras in the future. Cellphones have been demolishing point and shoot sales. DPReview’s Connect site recently reported that in May, global shipments of compact cameras by most major manufactures were down 48% from the year before while smartphone sales surged. Nikon recently announced they’re taking all of this very seriously in Japan as the recent comments by Nikon’s President Mikoto Kimura confirmed in a Bloomberg Financial News interview. He said, “The number of people taking snapshots is exploding by use of smartphones that sold 750 million or so last year and are still growing. We’ve centralized our ideas around cameras but can change our approach to offer products to that bigger market.” I sure hope so. Nikon is a great brand with tremendous quality and long term durability. I’m hopeful they can navigate the changes in the world of photography and come out the other end as a bigger and better company. Good luck Mr. Kimura. I’m rooting for you. Take a look at the article on Sony Rumors to see many of the ideas I support. Things like getting rid of the optical viewfinder, building better wireless into the cameras for faster sharing, adding RADIO wireless strobe capabilities, etc.