Nikon Closes China Camera Factory, Cites Smartphones as Cause

Nikon Closes China Camera Factory, Cites Smartphones as Cause

In news that's mostly unsurprising, Nikon has announced that they will discontinue operations of Nikon Imaging (China), a manufacturing subsidiary of their imaging business, citing the rise of smartphones and the consequential fall of compact cameras as the main reason.

Nikon announced the news today, noting that Nikon Imaging (China), established in 2002, has suffered an increasingly "difficult business environment" in recent years. The subsidiary of the parent Nikon manufactured digital cameras and lenses, but as the capabilities and prevalence of smartphones have exploded, the point and shoot market has essentially evaporated in recent years, leading to the dissolution and liquidation of the subsidiary. While photographers and enthusiasts sometimes appreciate the increased capabilities of a high-end point and shoot, the majority of customers tend to find those of a smartphone sufficient for their needs, rendering compact cameras mostly redundant.

Unfortunately, Nikon Imaging (China) employs 2,285 people, and no word was given on if the company will attempt to relocate any of the employees. The parent Nikon has not yet announced the resultant impact the closing of the subsidiary will have on their finances, but has said such an analysis will be made part of the second quarter fiscal analysis being released on November 7.

[via PetaPixel]

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@Bob Brady, I veer towards agreeing - my main thought throughout the smartphone evolution has been on the optimistic side of "what a way to dip one's toe into further professional photography" which most measures of the industry seem to indicate, and least more than reported. a simple campaign like "smartphone vs. standalone Point-and-shoot" would do some wonders... funny in an image-based industry they don't really flex their own strengths. I've always had the newest and greatest cell phones, and super wont not to complain, but most of the time look like either just a digital Polaroid, i.e. "fine for memories" but lacking in IQ, or outright bad (esp. if night and always because of the distorted focal length). YMMV, I've been majorly impressed also, and I've been fine traveling with "just phone" also so long as I was photographing during day and architecture, but all else, hell naw.

So true, so may people are just clicking all their important life events with a smartphone. Even if they don't lose the photos they will be left with photos of really low quality, damn I know a lot of kids who will be really pissed in the years to come ...