Thursday, May 25, 2006

Canon is Latest Camera Maker to Dump Film Cameras from Lineup

The latest camera manufacturer to join the growing list that includes Nikon, Bronica, Konica Minolta and others, Canon Inc. said yesterday that it would stop developing film cameras.

The company noted that film cameras are quickly being relegated to an "enthusiast" niche and are no longer profitable.

According to an AP story, Canon executives said they would continue developing the film cameras that currently are in production, as long as there is a demand for them.

Meanwhile, Tsuneji Uchida, president of Canon, told reporters that demand for film cameras will be limited to "special needs" like camera buffs, Kyodo News agency said.

"It won't pay off as a business even if we would make a new development" on a film camera, Kyodo quoted Uchida as saying.

For a good look at the history of Canon Cameras, check out the Canon Camera Museum.

Japanese camera manufacturers sold nearly 65 million digital cameras last year and slightly more than 5 million film cameras. Digital cameras may outsell film cameras by more than 10-to-1, but it's pretty sad when a sales of more than 5 million units cannot sustain an industry.

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