The world of compact cameras has changed rapidly in the past few years, and this change is due to the rise of smartphones, and more precisely, due the high quality of smartphones internal cameras. Sales of compact cameras has declined and manufacturers can barely keep their revenues afloat, if at all.
A possible way out: raise the bar and provide an added-value that only a bigger form factor can: bigger sensors, bigger lenses. However, smartphones and wireless broadband have changed user behavior forever: the main incentive for taking photos has shifted from ?memory preservation? to ?social sharing?, and users demand a way to share their photos with as little friction as possible.
To address these challenges, camera manufacturers have tried building their own software stack, and it is fair to say that it hasn?t worked. It?s too much work, too complex, and it?s likely that Android will emerge -again- as being the solution of choice. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: New Paper-Thin Lens May Allow Ultra-Sleek Cameras , OnLive Game Streaming Company Goes Under,