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Smart phone outsmart cameras

  • Published at 10:03 pm April 15th, 2019
The market of cameras shrinks as smartphones take their place Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Around 10 to 15 global companies including Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, HP, Olympus etc had once a big market, but they all have lost their market to the smart phones

Smart phones, with various features enabling people to take photographs, to listen to music and even to make mini movie, has smartly taken over the market of camera.   

The overwhelming popularity of smart phones pushed the camera market to the brink, said Rafiqul Islam, manager of Flora Limited, which sells information technology appliances. 

“The sale of digital compact cameras has dropped sharply as customers are opting for the latest smart phones having options for video games, mini movie maker and portable music players offered by top mobile companies including i phone, Samsung galaxy, Vivo ASUS etc,” said Rafique.

Around 10 to 15 global companies including Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, HP, Olympus etc had once a big market, but they all have lost their market to the smart phones. 

Once people could not think of any family events without a photographer who would move around taking photographs but things have changed these days as almost all have turned into photographers by dint of their smart phone.    

Abdullah-Al-Shafi, senior general manger of JAN Associates, a dealer of Canon at IDB Bhaban at Agargaon, said: “Sales of high-end cameras and lens have declined to the rock bottom in the local market, as smart phones have taken over the market with optimal performance.”

“The camera market has declined by around 90% and it may slide down further,” he apprehended.

Canon Inc is a Japanese multinational corporation specializing in the manufacture of imaging and optical products, including cameras, camcorders, photocopiers, steppers, computer printers and medical equipment.

“Besides, cameras without mirror also affected the sales of traditional cameras or compact camera,” he said.

“Smart phones are now cheap and have multi tasking facilities. That’s why we are witnessing the collapse of compact camera market,” said Mohammad Rezaul Islam, digital camera specialist at Flora Limited. 

He said, “Compact camera market has fallen globally as smart phones are easier to carry and web-friendly, which makes life easier.” 

“Why will people buy compact camera or other similar device now that smart phones have already become a strong rival to point-and-shoot cameras, offering an all-in-one phone?” Rezaul said.

He said: “Smart phone companies have kept on improving picture quality with latest internet-based features allowing the users to share pictures through social media networks. The new generation people are more interested to capture moments of their daily life and share them on social media.” 

“Demand for quality snapshots is there, like taking pictures of your friends’ weddings, an overseas vacation, or your children,” said an official of global brand Samsung market researcher.

“But we are experiencing a shift as image quality in smart phone cameras is steadily improving,” according to market researcher.

“Nowadays, when you are going to travel with friends, you take with you a smart phone instead of SLR (single lens reflex) camera or DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera,” said Sanjana Hasan, a Dhaka University student.  

Samsung, Appo, Huawei, iPhones and Symphony mobile phones are now available with good quality cameras.

“Not only the price, the camera memory card can be easily used for editing on the computer,” said North South University student Anupam Ghosh. 

“After taking photos on mobile, it can easily be edited with various apps. As for a digital camera, one has to edit the photos on computer after downloading it from memory card, which is very time-consuming,” he added. 

“Five years ago, Rile camera used to take pictures. Now it has no market,” said SM Shahadat Hossain, owner of Real Technology's camera shop. 

“Today, most of the photos circulate on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the users spread them quickly. They chose the smart phones and tabs as the fastest means,” he said.

Dealer Expression 

Tuhin Chowdhury, a camera seller in Kakrail area of Dhaka city, said: “Due to the shaky conditions, manufacturers such as Canon, Nicholas, Olympus, Sony, Fujifilm and Panasonic have reduced the price of digital cameras, especially compact cameras. Despite this, traditional camera market has almost gone down to zero.” 

“We are not now displaying the traditional camera. Smart phone takes away the whole of it,” he comments.   

Another vendor Roton Chakrabarty at Baitul Mularram said: “People are not interested to buy cameras now. They now look for affordable smart phones. That's why the sale of the camera is now declining not only in our country but also around the world.” 

“We have not been importing or selling the traditional camera for five years,” he added. 

Samsung dealer Hyder Ali said: “We are not selling Samsung camera since 2014. Time is now for smart phone.”

Camera sellers Zakis Hossain said: “Compact camera business has been taken over by the smart phones.” 

“Traditional camera is now just a memory. There has been no demand for it,” he added.