Camera industry is in crisis. What happens next?

Camera manufacturers are in a race to diversify, gradually leaving behind the traditional camera business. We’re in for a bit of a rollercoaster ride next year.

Although sales have bounced back in China already after the Coronavirus pandemic, Japanese analysts have predicted a massive 40% decrease in shipments for 2020 compared to 2019. This comes on the back of several years of lower shipments already.

What happens next to your favourite camera company? EOSHD takes a look at the main players, how they are changing, and what they may do next –

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Canon to supply other companies with CMOS sensors, joining Sony

TowerJazz CMOS sensor wafers

For a long time, Canon’s in-house sensor division has made CMOS sensors for Canon’s camera business but now the company has set up a business website for a selection of image sensors they’re selling to external customers. Two APS-H sensors of very high megapixel counts could see scientific use. A global shutter sensor (small 2/3 inch) and a 1/1.8″ HDR sensor join the party.

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Christopher Nolan’s fury at Warner in streaming controversy – “They didn’t tell anybody”

Nolan - The Dark Knight premiere

The cinema industry is set for a huge shake-up.

Coming to a sofa near you – Matrix 4. Wonder Woman 1984 (although not in 4K). Soon there will be no reason to leave the house. Oh wait – there isn’t already! Now cinema has been dealt a massive blow by one of the largest studios themselves. A classic case of shooting themselves in the foot. According to Nolan, none of the Warner Bros. talent were consulted on the move to bring top cinematic releases to streaming service HBO Max, leaving cinemas for dead. And let’s face it, this failing service isn’t even Netflix.

Christopher Nolan has even put his future relationship with Warner on the line by describing it as the “Worst streaming service” and flagship movies as “loss leaders” in a “bait and switch”.

It’s a full blown crisis in the cinema world.

What happens next?

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Photokina show terminated after 70 years

The historic photographic industry exhibition Photokina is over. Management blame the decline of the camera industry, and couldn’t even organise a show for 2022 by which time the pandemic will be well under control.

This news is extremely sad, and hardly satisfactory that the camera companies and Photokina management couldn’t work something out.

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Nikon facing serious crisis in chipmaking – as well as camera business

Nikon has seen huge financial losses this year, and it isn’t just the camera business that’s in trouble. Nikon’s other core business, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, supplies 70-90% of their chipmaking machines to Intel – but the US company’s investment in the machinery has run its course. To make matters worse, Nikon’s management baulked at investing large sums in next generation extreme ultraviolet lithography technology – a significant growth area.

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Does dual native ISO on the Panasonic S5 beat the Sony A7S III in low light?

The Sony A7S series has always been considered the leader in low light at very high ISOs. But at just 12 megapixels, it’s a big sacrifice in resolution to get there especially in the 8K age.

The main thing that strikes me about the current 24 megapixel full frame sensors is they are CLEAN. Certainly ISO 3200 on my Panasonic S5 looks very similarly clean to ISO 3200 on the new Sony A7S III. I’ll be exploring this with my own test soon.

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