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an interesting article with some interesting stats for smart phone vs point-and-shoot usage.

Is this the last hurrah for point-and-shoot cameras?

I have been looking for a while to replace my ageing Nokia phone and one of my main considerations has been the camera capabilities. I don't have a good point-and-shoot camera anymore and I don't really want to pay for and carry around 2 items so it makes sense to get a reasonably good (8MP & 720p video) phone camera. Of course cost is going to be the deciding factor being on a pension now so my iPhone4s dreams are just that but there are some phones out there on reasonable plans - I can get a HTC Incredible S for the same cost as my current phone plan but with more calls and data allowance.
 

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The only 'phone" that I have seen so far that has superb photo capabilities is the Blackberry .. My Nokia C5.00 and the mobiles I had before that all sucked big time .. possibly great for the average " I just liked the look of it so I took a photo" user .. but for my own use I was sorely disappointed ... figured I was going to have a back up to my Nokia Coolpix e4300 (4.3 Mpixels vs 3 Mpixels on the mobile) however I used it once and never again ..
 

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point and shoots will survive but not as many will be made or sold in the future. The market will be geared towards those who are serious about their photography.
 

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TBH, my big problem with phone cameras is the zoom. My Sony Ericsson W995 has a great camera, 8.1MP, but zoom in at all, and you have lost all quality. You need optical zoom on a camera because digital zoom is rubbish.
 
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