Christmas time is around the corner and it’s right about the time of year that I start to think about the gifts I’m going to give to friends and family. As a tech geek, obviously tech oriented gifts rank pretty high up on my list of possibilities. A popular one is the point and shoot digital camera; I’ve picked one up for my brother and my dad in past years. It crossed my mind again today while I was at Best Buy, but came to the realization that the people for whom I would buy one have a cell phone with a camera on it, which brought me to this question: are point & shoot digital cameras becoming obsolete?
Let’s take a look at PC World’s #1 point and shoot on the market right now: The Canon PowerShot S90. It’s a lightweight 10MP camera and it has the regular shooting modes you’d expect most cameras to have. Now, by comparison, The Droid X and Incredible have 8MP cameras, the iPhone has a 5MP, most non-smart phones have a 3MP camera. Let’s focus on the smart phones. They, by and large, and thinner and probably lighter than the PowerShot, and while they lack the number of megapixels, most of the time we aren’t using our point & shoot to take stunning photography. We’re using them to capture moments while we are out. 5-8MP is perfectly fine for this.
I feel a point and shoot serves as a burden now, since my phone can handle the point and shoot moments for me. This will only become more popular as camera phone technology becomes better/cheaper. I can see in 5 years cell phones completely replacing point and shoot cameras. They are moreÂ convenientÂ as we’re more likely to have our cell on us and we won’t have to shell out extra money for a digital camera or remember to take it with us. Plus, 8MP is plenty for photos from a night out, or even vacation photos. Finally, the cell phone allows us to share these photos instantly with the world by connecting us to the Internet. Take a photo, upload it to Facebook. I can’t imagine a point and shoot having the ability to connect to a 3g (or 4G) network and uploading photos on the spot.
What do you think? Do you currently have a point and shoot? Do you use it? Can you see your next cell phone replacing it? Let me know in the comments!