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September 15, 2014

The rise of mobile

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What I find most striking about this graphic is the imminent disappearance of digital still cameras.

Remember when they were a really big deal?

I faintly recall my awe when I purchased a Sony Mavica.

[via Bruce Sterling]

September 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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But, resolution remains the elusive golden ring of digital photography. I once made quite a bit of use of Kodak 649-F high-contrast/very high resolution 4 X 5 plates. The panchromatic film had a resolution of 2000 line pairs per millimeter. I used it to make reflection and transmission holographs.

2k line pairs/mm resolution is not even remotely likely for digital sensors - the best that we can do to approximate the finest silver-halide film resolution is a fraction of 1%.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 16, 2014 2:53:33 AM

But, resolution remains the elusive golden ring of digital photography. I once made quite a bit of use of Kodak 649-F high-contrast/very high resolution 4 X 5 plates. The panchromatic film had a resolution of 2000 line pairs per millimeter. I used it to make reflection and transmission holographs.

2k line pairs/mm resolution is not even remotely likely for digital sensors - the best that we can do to approximate the finest silver-halide film resolution is a fraction of 1%.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 16, 2014 2:53:31 AM

It's a shrinking percentage of a growing market though, so they'll probably be around in significant numbers for longer than that picture suggests.

Posted by: Graeme | Sep 15, 2014 10:41:40 PM

Define what a "Digital Still Camera" is. I have a rather nice dslr that is digital, a still camera, and a video camera. No matter how good your cell phone is, it doesn't beat a proper lens.

What's really gone the way of the dodo are cameras that focus on video. They've been quite surpassed by still cameras that also do great video.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Sep 15, 2014 10:24:53 PM

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