The Death of Kodak Digital Cameras Makes Us Sad

Kodak digital cameraThere's nothing like a good digital camera. I've had the same one for years now, and to this day I still get compliments on the amazing quality my less than $200 gem produces. That's exactly why the news today from Kodak makes me a little bit sad. By the end of June 2012, the company expects to phase out all of their digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames.

What?! You mean to tell me that Kodak, a CAMERA company, is getting rid of their digi cams? I love their stuff! Sigh. I guess this isn't all that surprising. Everyone says that iPhones are replacing digital cameras, anyway.

Newsflash, though. An iPhone isn't what you want capturing some of your most precious moments. Here's why:

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Yes, the picture quality on an iPhone is pretty darn good. However, a digital camera makes attending weddings, bat-mitzvahs, sweet sixteens, and the like so much easier. Rather than worrying about a text message or random notification coming in when you ask a friend to take a quick snapshot, the device is ready to go right as the moment is ready to be captured.

Truthfully, though, the Kodak digital camera has some good company in the techy graveyard. Remember the Walkman? How about the typewriter? Or how about those massive CD boomboxes and full size TVs that are heaver than an 18-wheeler? Yeah. We all used to love those technological wonders until they got replaced by more advanced, cooler versions.

The good news is for now, only Kodak is dropping off the digital camera bandwagon. There's still about a bajillion other brands to choose from. While this may be a slight upset today, something tells me that in 10 years or so, it won't be such a heavy hitter.

Are you surprised to hear Kodak's going to stop manufacturing digital cameras? Do you own a Kodak?

 

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