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The times, they are a-DEFINITELY-changin' ...

The Great Camera And Film Shakeout continues. At CES this year a senior technical developer at Fuji gave a seminar in which he revealed that it is now cheaper to make disposable digital cameras than it is to make disposable film cameras. A couple of weeks later, Nikon gave notice that they are ceasing the manufacture and sales of 35mm film cameras, claiming that the consumer film format is officially dead.

Now Konica/Minolta has announced the ultimate bombshell - they are getting out of the camera biz, period. They claim that the market is too crowded, but if you read between the lines of the quotes, it become pretty obvious that they didn't get on the digital bandwagon fast enough, and whey they did they didn't have products that could compete. Generally, Minolta digital gear does suck pretty large, but their copiers are no better so I am not sure how this counts as a better business path. Wait and see, I guess ...

Posted: Thu - January 19, 2006 at 06:16 AM        


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