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    Most YouTubers use $500-$1000 Canons. Or even the $800-$1200 Sonys. With kit zooms or cheap primes.

    So the total cost isn't as high as mentioned, but there's no denying that using a phone which you may already have (especially a new one since many people upgrade every year) is very tempting for those looking to start some video work, and that potential option will continue to hurt camera companies.

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      Originally posted by NorBro View Post
      Most YouTubers use $500-$1000 Canons. Or even the $800-$1200 Sonys. With kit zooms or cheap primes.

      So the total cost isn't as high as mentioned, but there's no denying that using a phone which you may already have (especially a new one since many people upgrade every year) is very tempting for those looking to start some video work, and that potential option will continue to hurt camera companies.
      Maybe. I think many of those people were likely not going to buy a camera anyway. I think phones shooting video ate into the potential new market for camera companies but I think its inaccurate to say it hurt them directly. I don't know many people that compare a phone to a real camera and then choose to just use the phone. In most cases its people that never considered doing video and now that they can they start experimenting and doing stuff.

      I think camera companies like to use it as an excuse and in regards to a new market they will never get to tap into. I doubt however many people on this entire website would ever consider no longer buying a better camera. Every single one of us still wants to buy real cameras. Many have not due to a lack of updates that we can justify for the cost.

      Realistically I think its more like the P4k killed DSLR sales and an already over saturated market and cameras that are all really good today. We went through a solid decade of massive video changes. We went from analog to DV to HD to 4k in a very short span and that was a big incentive to keep buying cameras. Now we sort of hit a plateau we what we have for many of us are still very solid cameras that do what we need them to do. I didn't upgrade from my GH4 to a GH5 because I felt the GH4 was still la very solid 4k 8bit camera. By the time I would have considered moving to a GH5S the P4k came along and I went that route. After that I wanted better stills so I started exploring larger sensor cameras. If it wasn't for the added value of a larger sensor I would have never upgraded to the M6 mk2 or the R6. On the m43 side there just isn't a whole lot that many of us felt was a must have.

      Panasonic focuses too much energy on their S series. Very nice camera line but there was zero upgrade path for Lumix m43 users. Panasonic is struggling no because of the iPhone. They are struggling because most of us just did not feel we had good options to upgrade to yet. Same for the existing Sony and Canon users out there. Sony has had small incremental updates for too long and there has been little incentive for users to keep constantly upgrading. Once they finally got to good looking 4k they reached a level that worked well for them visually.

      Canon is seeing a bit of a boost now because they are finally starting to do 4k well. So for many Canon users there is finally a reason to upgrade. Plus Canon is finally moving to mirrorless and they can perfectly adapt EF lenses. Canon is finally after over a decade making wise choices and its helping.

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        Originally posted by Thomas Smet View Post
        I think phones shooting video ate into the potential new market for camera companies but I think its inaccurate to say it hurt them directly.
        Which planet are you from...because I want to be there, too. lol

        Point-and-shoots and camcorders pretty much disappeared, so you can't get more direct than that, lol.

        Phones hurt the companies badly. Not because they are better, but because they are convenient and something someone already owns.

        Anyone who had plans on purchasing a $3K-$4K-$5K+ camera is mostly irrelevant [for now] and that's the group you're talking about, which is a very small percentage of the camera sales that could have existed if the rest of the world continued to operate like it was 2005 and was still looking for a new camera for the holiday season.

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          Originally posted by NorBro View Post
          Most YouTubers use $500-$1000 Canons. Or even the $800-$1200 Sonys. With kit zooms or cheap primes.

          So the total cost isn't as high as mentioned, but there's no denying that using a phone which you may already have (especially a new one since many people upgrade every year) is very tempting for those looking to start some video work, and that potential option will continue to hurt camera companies.
          I did say people making films, and YouTubers. I'm guessing they use all kinds of cameras . I did made a 3 min short for the Rode Microphone contest with my iPhone 12 Pro Max. It was actually a lot of fun using it and I will use it again too. Directors have used iPhones like Sean Baker, Soderbergh, Zack Snyder and others. TV production as well. Is it good for everything? No, but it's hard to say it isn't good to use.



          The problem is camera corps, nickel and diming everyone for years. Panasonic could have came out with a great camera after the GH5. They chose to tweek it, and call it a mark II, and then overcharge for it. The big camera companies are living in the past. They have an old business model. I'm still waiting to see what Panasonic does someday.


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            Yeah...I think it's complicated.

            You have to keep in mind that all of the cameras are being exported from one country so the business model is the way it is for a reason.

            And the industry will become more complex if Apple, Google, Amazon and/or Microsoft decide to make serious cameras. Even if they continue/start with phones, tablets, or a variety of smart home devices and living/life accessories.

            Trust if Panasonic was Japan's only camera company they would make perfect cameras because no one else would be around in Japan sticking out their hands.

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              Originally posted by NorBro View Post
              Phones hurt the companies badly. Not because they are better, but because they are convenient and something someone already owns.
              Right, the marginal cost of paying an extra $500 over a basic phone (like I own) to get a phone with an excellent camera is a much sweeter deal than spending $1k for a separate camera purchase. And like they say, the best camera is the one you have with you... smartphones killed consumer cameras, no doubt. That cash cow is dead. But at least camera companies seem more squarely focused on power users now
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                Originally posted by Zim View Post
                They have an old business model.
                Think about it this way in terms of business...[and this is a hypothetical example and not describing anyone's business practices]:

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                If you and I made up [or once did] 99% of the world's chocolate chip cookies and we were both in the United States, it's probably best if we talked.

                After our chat, maybe we've decided that you make your cookies a little sweeter while I make mine a little bigger.

                And then maybe we could call up Bob from the southwest to start a cookie company and he could offer more cookies for the same price.

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                Some people are going to like the sweeter cookies...some will like the bigger cookies...and some will like having more cookies.

                And what if Canada wants to make cookies, too? Or maybe England?

                Nope...they don't know how to make cookies like we do.

                ___

                So what do we do? We control our chocolate chip cookies for as long as we can.

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                  I wanted to end the post above dramatically, but there's more (lol):

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                  So we're going to make cookies and the rules are very simple (although sometimes flexible): I can't make my cookies sweeter than yours, you can't make your cookies bigger than mine, and we both have to have less cookies than Bob.

                  Once that is understood, we monitor profits and may adjust accordingly after some internal discussions. [Miscellaneous wire transfers may or may not exist.]

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                  Now you may think..."But why wouldn't I just make my cookies bigger and offer more cookies?"

                  And that's a good question...but if you did do that then the repercussions would be significant. In ways that you may not be imagining at this point in time, but they would surely force you to end your business or exit and stop making chocolate chip cookies.

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                    Originally posted by NorBro View Post

                    Think about it this way in terms of business...[and this is a hypothetical example and not describing anyone's business practices]:

                    ___

                    If you and I made up [or once did] 99% of the world's chocolate chip cookies and we were both in the United States, it's probably best if we talked.

                    After our chat, maybe we've decided that you make your cookies a little sweeter while I make mine a little bigger.

                    And then maybe we could call up Bob from the southwest to start a cookie company and he could offer more cookies for the same price.

                    ___

                    Some people are going to like the sweeter cookies...some will like the bigger cookies...and some will like having more cookies.

                    And what if Canada wants to make cookies, too? Or maybe England?

                    Nope...they don't know how to make cookies like we do.

                    ___

                    So what do we do? We control our chocolate chip cookies for as long as we can.
                    Or it is like my cookie has 10 chips in it. The next year I add one more chip and make a big deal about it. Funny thing is you really can't taste the difference. Not to mention all the people on the internet who count all of the chips. Then the other company puts in 15 chips, but they are all smaller chips and not much difference than the cookie with 11 chips. Then they both charge more for their cookies. A few days later the cookie rumors website is talking about the cookie with 20 chips in it.

                    I say just make a good cookie and people will buy it.
                    Now it is no one wants to work at the cookie factory, or unload the ships. So the cookie will cost even more!

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                      That's actually a good example because I personally like the cookie part and not the chocolate chips, and the chips could be considered the best part of a cookie for someone, or a feature someone really wants or wants more of.

                      But as far as making a good cookie, we're there...there are many really good, great cookies out there. Just not perfect cookies.

                      You would like a perfect cookie - or a more perfect one than you have now - from a certain company and I don't know if you'll ever get it.

                      If someone starts making perfect cookies, the other people that are a part of the business that control where the cookies go, and the ones that sell the cookies for us, and the ones that talk about the cookies for us and the ones that possibly help us with the sugar and flour and other ingredients might be really upset there's a perfect cookie out there.

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                        But honestly, even with these kooky analogies (you like that?), I don't understand why other countries don't try to make cameras or computers.

                        I assume it's the knowledge and R&D but it's just hard to believe; although viewing a few companies as having monopoly-like businesses isn't, so maybe it's just not worth it.

                        Personally, thinking about what Apple will do with cameras is the most exciting for me.

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                          Originally posted by NorBro View Post
                          That's actually a good example because I personally like the cookie part and not the chocolate chips, and the chips could be considered the best part of a cookie for someone, or a feature someone really wants or wants more of.

                          But as far as making a good cookie, we're there...there are many really good, great cookies out there. Just not perfect cookies.

                          You would like a perfect cookie - or a more perfect one than you have now - from a certain company and I don't know if you'll ever get it.

                          If someone starts making perfect cookies, the other people that are a part of the business that control where the cookies go, and the ones that sell the cookies for us, and the ones that talk about the cookies for us and the ones that possibly help us with the sugar and flour and other ingredients might be really upset there's a perfect cookie out there.
                          You right not even wants or needs the chips. It's good to have a choice.

                          Apple could probably make a killer camera for sure.

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                            Chocolate chips are definitely the best part of the cookie

                            if Apple made a camera, I'd be worried that they would focus more on how it looked than how it functioned
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                              I guess you don't like your M1...

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                                I don't run around holding my M1 in front of me and pushing its buttons

                                like, doesn't the iphone only have 1 button? i always have to wrap my head around that when someone hands me one. my samsung has 3 virtual buttons. can't imagine why i'd want fewer
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