land of the setting sun?

a sad tale of falling sales

Toronto. I remember Japan being known as the land of the rising sun for its flag and post war recovery. A few decades after the second world war, they trashed the German Camera Industry other than the odd high end camera, putting to rest the old adage that they could imitate but not innovate.

The WCPHA newsletter quotes member Marc Kramer as passing on a report about continuing declines in digital camera sales. Unfortunately, the link to the report doesn’t work, but a browse of the web shows many sites like digital camera world noting the sharp drop in camera sales.

The drop is attributed to smartphones. Digital point and shoot cameras have gone from the market and now DSLRs are suffering. Will the Japanese Camera Industry disappear like the German Industry did about a half century ago? Will photography as a trade disappear too?

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