Graphic by Griffin Baker
In the last decade, the point and shoot digital camera was made widely available. This convenient memory maker revolutionized the way we share experiences with others. However, as time has passed and technology has evolved, the point and shoot’s glory days may be coming to an end.
With the many “all in one” technological devices of today that can email, surf the web and play music, people want devices that can do it all. This idea is why the point and shoot has lost popularity in the last few years. Why carry around a camera when your phone, tablet, and Mp3 player can take photos, especially now that there are so many apps to edit and apply filters to your photos right in the device? The gap in picture quality between cell phones and point and shoot cameras has begun to shrink. Many point and shoots offer a few basic features as well as approximately 8 or so megapixels. This used to trump the 3 or so of cell phone cameras but now with the introduction of cell phones like the iPhone 4GS which has an 8 megapixel camera, the difference in quality between the two devices is shrinking. Not to mention that these cameras in cell phone’s clothing offer users the ability to upload their images directly to social media sites and share them more easily and quickly.
Technology’s need to compress and merge will leave devices like the digital point and shoot in the dust. Though it may seem bleak, the truth is that the point and shoot’s days of reining supreme are nearing an end.
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