One of the questions I get asked often is “are people still buying cameras now that smartphones are a thing?”. Initially the rise of the smartphone camera did make me question the future for cameras. However as time as gone on I’ve noticed that the photography itself has never been bigger.
The amount of photos that are being taken per day whether it be on a smartphone or camera. With the age of phoneography and digital photography, photography itself has never been more accessible than today.
I’ve met a lot of people who have gained an interest into investing into a camera system as they reach a point where they see the high limitations of their smartphone. Furthermore I’ve met people who would’ve had 0 interest in photography in the past but because of their phone they have become interested in it. To answer my question I don’t think smartphones have destroyed the market at all, but in fact is helping reach to a larger audience. With the age of mirrorless cameras on us right now, I can see it being a popular option for people wanting to go for a camera that can help them learn and evolve.
I am excited to see how the photography market grows in the next decade. Nothing makes me happier than seeing more and more people jump into the world of photography. The more the merrier.
Image source: Rosie Kerr