There has been a lot of talk of digital point-and-shoot cameras going the way of the dodo due to the rise of smartphone photography, judging from recent news concerning the declining sales of DSLRs (digital single lens reflex cameras).
According to market intelligence firm International Data Corporation (IDC), sales of these big bulky cameras have fallen for the first time in a decade, at a 10-15 per cent decline in DSLR shipments all over the world.
It's shocking news for the industry considering that the DSLR market has been growing double digits for almost 10 years.
In reality, it's no surprise because the DLSR trend has noticeably ended.
Yes, there was once a time not so long ago when the DSLR market was flourishing. Back when having a DSLR was "cool" and it fueled sales of DLSR cameras, lenses and accessories. Has the DSLR bubble finally burst?
I admit I was one of those early adopters of the DLSR craze about half a decade ago. I started buying lenses, lighting equipment and accessories along the way to feed my hobby.
What I quickly noticed was that everyone around me started to buy DSLRs as well, and it almost became a commodity. Everyone started having this mentality that pictures would look great when taken with a "bigger, badder camera".
At that time, smartphone cameras were primitive and digital point-and-shoots were seen as the "poor man's camera".
Everyone had to have ba DSLR. My friends and relatives started getting one, as well as kids. DSLRS have become even more affordable, and far advanced for regular users that they have reached a tipping point; anyone can take "great quality" photos without moving beyond "Auto" or buying new lenses.
But what exactly are "great quality" images? For most consumers, anything that looks clear, vivid and crisp passes as "great quality".