It is highly unlikely that the cell phone market has hurt the digital camera market. It is already established that cell phones now have the capability to take digital camera quality photos. There have been talks on whether cell phones will inevitably replace digital cameras. There is also the argument on whether or not cell phones will inevitably replace MP3 players. But, it is highly unlikely that sales of cell phones have hurt the MP3 player market or the digital camera market.
In regards to digital cameras, that feature is an added bonus to cell phones. People get cell phones for one thing and one thing only, talking. While cell phones have all sorts of sweet looking features, that is not the main reason for getting a cell phone. But, it will influence what model cell phone you plan on getting. You do not get a cell phone for the sole basis of taking pictures, listening to music, or playing games. You get a cell phone out of the necessity of communicating with other people while on the go.
There are quite a few cell phones that are capable of acting as digital cameras. However, there are only a few models that can do so. One such model is the LG Shine. But, you can only get certain model phones from the mobile service providers such as T-Mobile, AT&T;, Sprint-Nextel, Verizon Wireless, Alltel, and Metro PCS. There are phones that specifically have an MP3 player or picture taking ability.
One of the most important things that has to be remembered that getting such phones require at least a two-year contract. There are plenty of people in this country that use pre-paid cell phone plans. But, the pre-paid cell phone plans have phones that are of a poorer quality. The pre-paid cell phones the two-year commitment cell phones are different from each other. This is one reason that it is highly unlikely that the cell phone market has hurt the digital camera market.
Another thing one has to realize is that the current technology that makes it possible for cell phones to take digital quality pictures is that the technology is derived from that of the current models of digital cameras. Each year, there will be a new model digital camera on sale that takes better quality pictures. It will be at least a year before that new technology will be available to cell phones.
By that time, there will be better types of digital cameras. Today, it is easier to buy an actual digital camera rather than to buy a cell phone that acts as a digital camera. The cell phones that have this feature would cost several hundred dollars. However, you do not have to worry about the price of the cell phone itself because you are paying the monthly bills.
When your contract expires, you would have ended up paying more money than what the phone had cost. Keep in mind that unlike digital cameras, cell phone plans have all these hidden fees and charges. Overall, the fees and charges end up becoming a pain. If your cell phone gets damaged, it becomes such a hassle to get a new one. With a digital camera, it is not the case.
It would be very retarded to pay all these fees and charges just for a digital camera. The only way that the cell phone market can only hurt the digital camera market is if more people buy cell phones solely for the purpose of taking pictures. That would be the same if a bunch of people got a cell phone for the sole purpose of listening to music.
With all these annoying things to deal with when having a cell phone plan, it is highly unlikely that cell phones have hurt the digital camera market. Being able to take digital quality pictures is nothing more than an added goody to a cell phone. Most cell phone models are not capable of taking digital quality pictures.