Today on ReadWriteWeb writer John Paul Titlow asserts that the proliferation of mobile camera phones including the iPhone is a significant factor in Kodak’s near-bankruptcy. I disagree.
Other camera manufacturers that have introduced solid and innovative products are seeing success. Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and others see strong sales both of DSLRs as well as compact units. Canon’s S90/95/100 series cameras are the size of a deck of cards and being used by professionals to sell images. The micro 4/3rds cameras along with the compact Nikon N1 system are allowing for amazing images to be created by small cameras that don’t have the heft of a DSLR.
Kodak was one of the early players in the digital camera market but they haven’t introduced anything that stood out either to high end users or the mass market in several years. Couple this along with the decline in the film, print, and processing businesses and we see why they’ve faded away while other manufacturers are doing well.
I agree that phone photography has cut into compact camera sales a bit but that’s hardly a leading factor in Kodak’s situation.