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Suhit Gupta
06-26-2004, 02:00 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.10nbc.com/news.asp?template=item&story_id=11713' target='_blank'>http://www.10nbc.com/news.asp?template=item&story_id=11713</a><br /><br /></div><i>"A photo industry group says Kodak film sales are dropping even faster than the company has anticipated. The report was contained in a story in the Wall Street Journal. The news isnít good for Kodakís single use camera line. Single use cameras have been the one bright spot for Kodak as film sales declined because of the growing popularity of digital. But now new camera phones threaten to take the place of disposable cameras."</i><br /><br /><img src="http://www.digitalmediathoughts.com/images/kodakdisposable.jpg" /><br /><br />This should not really be very surprising news given the immense popularity of digital cameras, cell phones and camera phones. I think the thing that will complete the demise of the disposable cameras will higher megapixel camera phones. Although, I am also a bit surprised that we are not seeing more in terms of disposable digital cameras. There was some buzz about them a few months ago but I haven't heard much in that area recently. This article also correctly points out that one of the drawbacks of camera phones is the fact that they can typically hold one a few digital images at a given time, but I am sure that as time goes on, the built in memory capacity of cell phones will rise as well.

foldedspace
06-26-2004, 02:26 AM
My 3650 came with a 16mb MMC card, I believe. That held a lot of photos and a 128mb MMC is around 30 bucks.

Still don't know why Nokia chose MMC, though....

dean_shan
06-26-2004, 04:20 AM
I could see it happening. I've never like disposable cameras in the first place.

Lotto
06-26-2004, 05:36 AM
I still think they will stick around in some form for awhile yet. Can you see a new bride tossing a half dozen cell phones on her guest tables at her reception? The disposable camera will just have to advance in some way.

Chris Gohlke
06-26-2004, 03:01 PM
I still think they will stick around in some form for awhile yet. Can you see a new bride tossing a half dozen cell phones on her guest tables at her reception? The disposable camera will just have to advance in some way.

That is one of the two uses that I have ever used a disposable for. I have also used them for geocaching as a cache camera (everyone that visits the cache uses the camera to take their picture).

Lee Yuan Sheng
06-26-2004, 07:14 PM
Ewww, just saw some samples from 1 megapixel camera phones. All these camera phones can do now is threaten disposable cameras.