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Old 01/23/2019, 06:50 PM   #1
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"Video killed the radio star". Will computational photography kill the photographer?

Currently, the lenses on phones can't compete with the optical quality of fine glass. However, with the advent of computational photography, will software be able to composite a final image that will be of sufficient quality to satisfy most people?

People often choose convenience over quality. For example, many people think easily transported, heavily compressed digital music heard through compact earbuds sounds great. They might feel differently if they were to hear a vinyl master recording through tube amps over large, heavy, wife and décor upsetting speakers.

Have we reached a point where computational photography is about to make obsolete anything that's not a medium or large format camera?

In the near future it may be possible that one will be able to simply point and tap a screen to take a picture which rivals the image quality produced by the best photographers with prime gear. Or will it?

What do you think?

Even if long term quality glass simply provides the best image to strike a sensor, will consumers care enough about what might be perceived as small differences to keep camera manufacturers making gear for enthusiasts who aren't large format professionals?


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Old 01/23/2019, 07:24 PM   #2
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Cant answer your question but I do know my Kodak stock is worthless


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Old 01/23/2019, 07:56 PM   #3
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Let me talk about your analogy first. I understand that more than most as I've been into higher end audio for most of my life. I have an I-pod, (though I listen through higher end headphones), and when I'm working it does provide sanity. If I'm sitting at home, I want the best sound I can get. Most people wouldn't spend the kind of money I spent on my speakers to buy a car, but they please me. I also have cd's and/or vinyl to cover my listening tastes.

I think a "real" camera with good glass, at least for me, is still the way to go. My wife has a P&S that isn't bad, and can do some of what my camera can do, but there are things she really can't do. With the computer added, things get closer, but I'm still old school I guess.


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Old 01/23/2019, 08:06 PM   #4
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mmmmm.....Morel....Nice taste!

I think sales will drop to some extent, as we can probably already see, especially in the point and shoot department. As good as phones are for casual photography, I don't think they'll replace a good DSLR or mirror-less camera anytime soon. I also don't think that the bulk of the buyers of those cameras will decide that a phone is good enough. I think most higher end camera buyers want the glass options that come with their expenditure. A phone just can't match that, and probably won't. At some point, the size of the sensor and the glass can't be replicated.


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Old 01/28/2019, 06:06 PM   #6
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Canon predicts a 50% drop in the camera market in just the next two years: camera market drop


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Old 01/29/2019, 03:46 PM   #7
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Nikon has been in other areas for years. They have been making high end scopes and binoculars as long as I can remember. Honestly I have three different spotting scopes and binoculars right now. All have amazing clarity!!!


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Considering most cell phone users take movies in portrait, I don't think the bar is set very high for sufficient quality. Getting the shot has become primary to most.


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