OP ED: This is the Year that Camera Manufacturers are Fighting to Survive

We haven’t seen anything like this from camera manufacturers in years; and it’s insane.

This piece is being written objectively from the point of view of a journalist embedded in the photo industry for over 10 years. At the helm of one of the largest photo blogs in the world, I can tell you with all certainty that it looks like every camera manufacturer is fighting to survive harder than they have in previous years. Not only are we seeing a lot of entries into the world of full-frame mirrorless, but we’re seeing partnerships, innovations, etc. to remind the general public that cameras are still relevant. You and I know better of course; but in a world where everyone is so incredibly satisfied with their phone’s convenience and an ILC camera that shoots in auto mode, I feel like camera manufacturers need to do even more to survive.

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The Top 20 Posts on The Phoblographer for 2012

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 New York Burlesque Festival photos (2 of 13)ISO 6400

The year 2012 is just about over, and it’s time to party. Thanks so much for a great year. But let’s do a quick recap: here are our top 20 posts for this year straight from our WordPress database file (not including the home page and reviews index…also the numbers may be off a bit but oh well!) Enjoy!

Home page / Archives 1,592,755
Reviews Index 112,494
Review: Olympus OMD EM5 99,690
Review: Pentax K-30 89,007
The Best Budget Lenses 72,533
Op-Ed: Why I Sold Everything for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 65,981
Which One Should I Buy: Canon 60D? T2i? or 7D? 57,941
First Impressions: Sony NEX 7 vs Fujifilm X Pro 1 vs Olympus EM5 OMD 55,135
Review: Yongnuo 560 EX II Flash (For Canon, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds and Any System) 54,346
Which One? Nikon D7000 or Nikon D5100 53,961
Olympus Announces EM5 (OMD): We Fondle 40,866
Quick Unscientific High ISO Comparison: Canon 5D Mk II, Sony A99, and Sony RX-1 40,561
Review: Sony 50mm f1.8 (NEX) 39,059
Which Light Modifier Do I Choose? 34,816
Long Term Comparison Review: Fujifilm X Pro 1 vs Sony NEX 7 vs Olympus OMD EM5 33,660
Useful Photography Tip #17: Why Beginners Think About Flash All Wrong 32,388
Pre-Review: One Week with the Sony NEX 6 31,775
Which One: Canon 50mm f1.4 or 85mm f1.8 Lens for Portrait Photography 30,526
Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM – Canon 29,976
Round 2: Informal Test of the Fujifilm X Pro 1 vs Sony NEX 6 (Shooting Landscapes and Seascapes) 29,792
The Best Budget Lenses and Accessories for Canon DSLR Users Shooting Video 29,782
Useful Photography Tip #6: Making Your Subjects Look Better 29,536