Last week I wrote about how sales of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras have declined due to the rise of smartphones. I realised that I might have been be a little too hard on DSLRs in my previous article and that I might upset some readers, particularly the photographers that own and use them.
Just to be clear: I wasn't implying that the smartphone is literally a better choice for photography over DSLRs; it is unrealistic to say that smartphones are capable of outperforming DSLRs. However, numbers don't lie - the decline of DSLR sales indicate the fact that the trend has changed.
DSLRs still serve a lucrative market which consist of professionals and enthusiasts, but it no longer appeals to the rest of us who want something that is more accessible, easy to use and being able to share instantly shareable. The smartphone fits the bill perfectly.
If we go back in time to about four years ago, the DSLR market was booming because everyone wanted a camera that can take great quality photos. For athe majority of people, a point-and-shoot camera just won't cut it and smartphone cameras were still primitive.
And that's a problem.
The assumption that DSLRs take better pictures than standard cameras at that time was commonplace and was rather misleading. Never mind the fact that DSLRs are expensive piece of equipment - you just had to have them because you wanted your next Hari Raya pictures to look great.
This created the DSLR bubble. You know, the time when everyone jumped on into the DSLR craze bandwagon because it "magically" takes better pictures and because friends and relatives are getting one. My experience with DSLRs have been bitter sweet. I'm not a professional who started from film. I got my first DSLR, a Nikon D80 (which cost me an arm and a leg), during the start of the DSLR craze. Yes, I was one of them. Little did I know that it would become the start of an expensive hobby.