Dear Camera Manufacturers:
The end of the point and shoot is very close; phones these days are just so darn good that many people don’t need a point and shoot. But at the same time, you can surely find a way to make the point and shoot or compact camera much better. I mean the iPhone is waterproof to a certain degree; but why isn’t a $1,200 camera?
It’s well past the time that we start to have weather sealing and resistance in our cameras with larger sensors of at least one inch and good lenses. You know: a compact camera that is as tough as we are and that can keep working reliably. The camera that we WANT to have on us at all times.
It should be easy for a photographer to go from shooting street photography in the rain at one moment to photographing happenings in the subway at the other moment. Or for the weekend, throwing it in a bag for a trip out of state! But why don’t we have this yet? Why is it that a Samsung or Apple phone can do it but you can’t?
Yes, there are cameras specifically designed for weather sealing; but they’re all pretty shoddy in comparison to what’s possible these days. Why not a weather sealed Sony RX100 camera? Or a Fujifilm X100 series with weather sealing? Or the Ricoh GR series? Why isn’t this a concept that was thought of yet?
These cameras are all perfect for travel, so why aren’t they built to be reliable and dependable? It would mean that so much about photography changes…there would be more photojournalism in the rain for example. Or landscapes shot during a snowstorm. There would be a lot more moments captured and created with better compact cameras.
Please fix this.