A lot has been said about the demise of the point and shoot camera over the last few years. In a world where every Smartphone has a camera (and some are pretty decent cameras), the it seemed like the point and shot will follow the path of the dedicated GPS, alarm clock and address book. All have been assimilated into the smart phone.
And with cellphone packing more and more decent cameras it seemed that the point and shoot market is unlikely to get End-Of-Lifed.
The obvious are cellphone cameras that produce images that are actually smaller than the retina screen resolution, but even newer higher res phones suffer from small-noise-collecting sensors and lower-quality, smaller lenses.
Cellphones shoot relatively high-resolution photos, but do so with a much smaller sensor than a dedicated camera. This means there’s less room on the sensor for each pixel to gather light, which means there’s more noise in the photos. And then there’s the issue of optics — a dedicated camera will be shooting through a larger, more expensive lens, which ensures a level of sharpness that it’s hard to get with a smartphone’s tiny optical system. In other words, while photo resolution is the same, photo quality is much lower. #
Personally, the S100 is nowadays my always-in-the-pocket camera. What is your take? will you move away from the smartphone cameras back to a point and shoot? To DSLRs?