The mobile phone is killing the compact cameras, I do not say, nor do I want to compare the capabilities and usefulness of different gadgets: is clearly seen in a graph that has prepared the photographer Sven Skafisk. Baby data of the CIPA -next Gartner-, from 1933 until last year.

What the? CIPA? according to Psyknowhow.com,The International Association that has the industry to promote the development and production of image systems, watching good competition. Come on, the data that are, as nearly all cameras and gadgets related to sensors out of its members, that incidentally, are in most Japanese.

It is very interesting, we have a broad period that we see the life of the photograph of consumption, which clearly analogue cameras reigned longer, but not sold more units annually. The explosion of digital technology by the end of the 1990s leave us a new landscape in which meet compact, DSLR and smartphones.

“Shortly afterwards came the”without a mirror”, at a time in which cameras not could already stop fighting mobile camera phones. I repeat, this article does not attempt to defend the quality of any appliance over another, only provide evidence of two things: the obvious growth of sales of phones, and the fall of cameras.

The production of cameras of all kinds, fell 35% in 2016. The goals fell by 12%

The loss of interest by the cameras cannot be said that it is the same at all levels. With the advent of digital technology, the compact grew significantly, having its peak in 2011. From there began to fall sales until you reach a point in which resemble teams DSLR, which are quite more expensive gadget that may have.

The difference between the sales of phones and the rest of cameras is so great that the graph is pretty hard to represent the format of our web. By this I have left it to the end, there it won’t bother the rest of the reading. Above you have a graphical cut, at the end of the article, the complete.

The mirrorless have not saved the market

In 2016 were sold 1,500 million phones, very few there are who forget to take camera

As for DSLR cameras and the mirrorless thing seems less painful, though is stagnant: the “mirror” without moving in a production of approximately 3 million units for each of the past four years, while the giant has also been losing bellows, from 13 to 8.2 million units in the same period.

Of the mirrorless expected much more, they arrived with the promise that they would end up with the DSLR, and due to its more compact size, attract a new audience. It is a reality that there are great products in this segment, but they have failed to save the market.

Photography is more popular than ever, but the cameras as such increasingly less sold: 98.4 per cent of sales in 2016 correspond with smartpthones, 0.8% are compact, 0.5% DSLR, and 0.2% mirrorless cameras. With all these data in hand not can one be surprised by State companies such as Nikon, and the decision to move from the compact.

Another striking point that are extruded from these studies is that “big” cameras are only interested in older people -between 40 and 60 years-, than are those who have the money and the story of having been working with cameras long time. Extra young people with endless possibilities offered by the smartphone, which always carry over.

Where does the second hand?

Data sharing the CIPA treated devices with camera sold first-hand, but there is no information about second hand anywhere. We have to be aware that second hand cameras of medium-high range market is especially potent: lenses and cameras are still more life in the hands of new users.

Make no mistake, photography is more alive than ever, but it has changed the instrument

Another factor we have to introduce, and it is something that we can sound the excuse that we put to the tablets and computers when they are sold less: what need is there to change? Pretty little, who buys is a camera – in possible different levels – can be long satisfied with the quality offered.

The future speaks of missing compact cameras, more and more smartphones that make better photos. There will obviously always be people interested in best cameras prosumers or professionals, with special abilities that give larger sensors, special specifications, objectives and other accessories.

Sean Chambers or be mobile, that seems delighted with the situation is Sony, that creates sensors of all kinds and forms, we can say that he leads technology and makes dependent the rest. As promised, the graph of Sven Skafisk full size:

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