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Digital Users To ‘Double’ In The Next Year

Discussion in 'News - Discussion' started by Lounge_Lizard, Sep 21, 2002.

  1. Lounge_Lizard

    Lounge_Lizard Well-Known Member

    Slightly amused/perplexed by this report

    It says:

    "The number of digital camera owners in the UK will double over the next year"


    "80% of British people already own a digital camera"

    Is there going to be a massive population explosion in the UK next year?

  2. sinister

    sinister Well-Known Member

    Oh thats all I need. My wife has already said I have doubled in size. So next year i will look . No I don't want to think about it.

    <b><font color=green>Steve</b></font color=green>
    <A HREF="http://www.aspects.net/~sthompson">http://www.aspects.net/~sthompson</A>
  3. parisian

    parisian Well-Known Member

    "My wife has already said I have doubled in size"
    <b>and she's complaining is she?</b>

    In answer to the question. The numbers of sales may double as the poor sods who buy digicams realise that their super duper, multifunctional, mega-zoomed pride and joy that they mortgaged the house, wife and kids for last year is now out of date thanks to 'progress' in technology
    Or that the beautiful A3 prints they expected to hang on the wall within minutes of opening the box (clever advertising) are actually just as difficult to achieve as they are for silver based workers. - Probably in fact more so at times.
    The number of users will I suspect level off quite soon and leave us in the same position we were in during the 30's, 40's and fifties when 35mm went up against larger formats - both having to settle for partnership rather than victory.

    <font color=blue>Rely on the wisdom of deep experience, not on mere knowledge</font color=blue>
  4. albini13

    albini13 Well-Known Member

    Very Cynical. But they do say that a cynic is a well informed optimist.
  5. parisian

    parisian Well-Known Member

    Just don't like ordinary folk being ripped off by empty promises.
    The ads for digicams promise a lifestyle and photgraphic ease that are just not possible without a basic level of knowledge. I just feel that folk who are not photographers are conned by the 'ease' of using digicams in the ads and that the baseline suggestion of "point this lens here and press this button there and hey presto a masterpiece will come out of here" is so blatantly inaccurate that a lot of cameras will be used once or twice only before being put away because the truth of digitrickery is far harsher than the owners have been led to believe.

    <font color=blue>Rely on the wisdom of deep experience, not on mere knowledge</font color=blue>
  6. albini13

    albini13 Well-Known Member

    For the most part, digital cameras are aimed at the "point and shoot" market. The same thing can be said of APS cameras and Compact Cameras. In some cases digital is actually easier to use than Compact or APS. The main issue is not the cameras output its the knowledge of using software and being able to set up a printer correctly.

    I don`t believe that the public are being "conned", i don`t think you give them enough credit there. "The ordinary folk" are quite clued up.

    Like many advertisments, they are aimed at the ideal. Think of car ads and the amazing scene of endless winding roads and freedom. When was the last time you experienced that ?
  7. parisian

    parisian Well-Known Member

    Actually about four weeks ago when I drove between Reims and Perpignan <img src="/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif">
    Slightly over 1000 miles with no roadworks, cones or jams. Clean, well priced service stations, fuel at 60% of our prices.
    Twelve hours of heaven <img src="/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif">

    <font color=blue>Rely on the wisdom of deep experience, not on mere knowledge</font color=blue>
  8. sinister

    sinister Well-Known Member

    I believe this is advertising history repeating itself. Seem to remember a certain Famous Photographer praising the virtures of how easy it was with a compact camera back in the 70's.

    Some kid could Baily I think.

    <b><font color=green>Steve</b></font color=green>
    <A HREF="http://www.aspects.net/~sthompson">http://www.aspects.net/~sthompson</A>
  9. albini13

    albini13 Well-Known Member

    I stand corrected you are indeed one of the lucky ones.
  10. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    The whole of Scotland is like that - outwith Edinburgh and Glasgow, anyway!

    Nick BSRIPN
  11. albini13

    albini13 Well-Known Member

    I love Scotland, if i had the money i`d live there. The midges love us all though.
  12. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Of course the main difference between Scotland and Perpignan is that it isn't usually "pissing it down in Perpignan" <img src="/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif">


    <font color=blue>Someday Jeri Ryan will weaken!<font color=black>
  13. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    That's true, and also the curries are better in Scotland than in Perpignan.

    Nick BSRIPN
  14. Chris Cool

    Chris Cool Retired

    When family and friends ask my advice about getting a point and shoot digital I say stick with film... none of them have the time or expertise to print 'em at home, so it would just be a total waste of time (and I ain't prepared to fix 'em)... :-(

    I expect to manipulate every image I take, just as I was when shooting b/w film... it may only be a small tweak but it's what I got digital for... to play :)

    The ads for digital are OTT... it certainly ain't as easy as they say :-(

  15. Happy Hens

    Happy Hens Well-Known Member

    Well Albini13, we don't know your name as you have not put it in your bio, but the best advice I can give is if you (or anyone else) wants to or is thinking of moving to Scotland, look into it very carefully and have a job lined up there first if at all possible. Some areas are as cheap to buy houses in as Notts and Lincs, and other areas are like the rest of England ie. expensive.

    As anyone will tell you we moved up there from Hampshire in 1999 and returned to England this year. We lived in Easter Ross, Perth, West Lothian then finally Aberdeenshire and trying to get a decent job there was not possible. We found that most of the work is food related and it is not very good with long hours, 6 or 7 day weeks or 5 days and overtime, no bank holidays and only a day or two at Christmas and New Year. We were on the dole for most of the time we were there. We moved to Nottinghamshire and we were working within days of starting our jobsearch.
    We now know down to experience but if you visit a place a lot ie. any tourist place, eg. Scotland, Lake District, Weymouth etc. it is very nice to go visit there when the weather is nice, but to actually live in your "dream location" may not be all that dreamy when the weather turns and the visitors have gone and the place may lose the magic that attracted you there in the first place.
    The solution is to live in a normal town/city and then keep visiting these places and their magic may well return. We learned the hard way, by experience.


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