Over a Quarter of Photos are Taken by Smartphones

December 28th, 2011

iPhone-2.jpgIt’s not a bold statement to say that
the era of the point-and-shoot camera seems to be reaching the end.
If not the end, then it’s reaching a point of transition where things
are going to change significantly. They’re going to have to if
there’s any hope for entry-level cameras.

According to a recent survey by NPD
Group, over a quarter of pictures are taken using smartphones. It’s
a total of 27% – an increase from just 17% last year. Meanwhile,
sales of entry-level point-and-shoots have dropped 17%, showing a
clear consumer disinterest.

Though those numbers seem dire, things
are looking up for the rest of the photography market.
Point-and-shoot cameras with a 10x optical zoom or higher are up 16%
and interchangeable lens camera sales are up 12% with an average
price of $863.

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