We're embarking on some frightful times for camera manufactures everywhere. With stats showing that the Apple iPhone being the most popular camera used today, and Canon/Nikon/Sony producing virtually none of the camera phones components, they must come up with new ideas to win back the industry from Apple and Samsung. Nikon is looking to recapture the market, and plans for some exciting news in the future.
Flickr has gone through some trying times over the last couple years (despite its recent new design/business model), but they do have one great tool available. The Camera Finder tool shows the camera used for each upload onto flickr. A quick glance at this is scary, showing that despite Flickr still tailoring to semi-pro/pro photographers, the iPhone reigns king on even their website.
These stats have not gone unnoticed by Nikon president Makoto Kimura either. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Kimura stated “Rapid expansion of mobile devices is a change in business environment given to us... Our task going forward is to find an answer to that change.” He went on to say “We want to create a product that will change the concept of cameras. It could be a non-camera consumer product."
Nikon, despite slow to innovate in some areas, has put out some truly interesting concepts that were left with mixed results. One of those being their Coolpix S800c, which was the first Android based camera available from a major camera manufacturer. So we want to hear from you; what would you like the future of cameras to hold in them? What do you think Nikon/Canon/Sony can do to push the DSLR and professional photography forward, and really separate it from the world of Insta-iPhoneography? Put your ideas and thoughts in the comments below.