Stop Pretending You’re Upset That Point-and-Shoots Are Dead

Photographer with a point and shoot

The smartphone has won the compact camera battle, and that ship has well and truly sailed. The only surprising thing about this news is that it took so long for the compact camera to finally die.

Earlier this week, a report out of Japan found that the compact camera market, otherwise known as “point-and-shoots” was not only just 3% of its total size compared to its peak in 2008, but that camera manufacturers have all but stopped making them.

In response, I’ve seen a good number of photographers lament the death of point-and-shoot cameras, but are they actually upset?

I don’t think so, and I make my case in this week’s Clipped Highlights.

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