Smartphones and their growing threat to mirrorless cameras – 2022 edition

Smartphone sensor size vs mirrorless cameras

With the wholesale shift to mirrorless cameras (Pentax?) the camera world probably thinks it has finally modernised and cosigned the old flappy mirror technology to history (although my Canon 1D C would like a word).

But now there is a new threat to the high end camera market and this time not from itself.

Sensors in smartphones are getting larger. Much larger.

The progress in the last 7 years is remarkable (as my chart above shows). Smartphones have caught up and surpassed Super 16mm. Is Super 35mm next?

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EOSHD opinion: smartphones are not killing DSLRs, apps and online services are

 

It’s well known that DSLR sales are sliding now, following the worrying trajectory of compact cameras.

Then I read with great interest Vincent Laforet’s prediction that the era of stand-alone cameras is coming to an abrupt end for the mass market.

There was a very key chart in that blog post which you can see above. I believe it speaks volumes about why the mass market is migrating from hardware focussed imaging tools like DSLRs to innovative new growth areas like apps and services orientated smartphones.

Incidentally in our own little world of DSLR video, this is also why Canon were so utterly wrong to dismiss Magic Lantern as a intolerable ‘hack’.

Let’s diagnose the problem and suggest the solution…

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