A milestone has come and gone with barely a notice. The stand alone camera is being relegated to history, with more photos and videos now captured with phones than with cameras. In fact, according to Brand Keys 55% of all photos and videos in 2012 were taken with smart phones, up 20% from 2011. In 2013 I am sure this number will be even greater. For more details see Smartphones Are Making Digital Cameras Obsolete and Is the Digital Camera Business Becoming Obsolete?
About Mark Mizen
I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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While the cameras on smartphones have become absolutely amazing for amateur point & shoot photographers, they have a long ways to go still. It is quite interesting to watch the progression.