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It's a Selfie World

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by OzRay, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
  2. LPST

    LPST U.S. Navy Vet.

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    Aug 14, 2014
    California
    Will
    It's sad isn't it?
     
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  3. LovinTheEP2

    LovinTheEP2 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    Toronto
    And what's wrong with that, you can't stop progress.. selfies are here to stay... at least they didn't make it wood grain too.
     
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  4. LPST

    LPST U.S. Navy Vet.

    45
    Aug 14, 2014
    California
    Will
    Self-centeredness is not progress, the camera is nice but that's about it.
     
  5. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I sometimes wonder how long the selfie fad will exist in its current form of look at moi, look at moi, look at moi. One day someone will look at this and realise that all of their photos so far show just their faces, and really nothing about where they were and what they were doing at the time. I just Googled 'selfies' and 'travel selfies', and you have to wonder how it's managed to stay alive even this long. After a while, even the travel selfies start to look somewhat stupid and egotistical, and pretty awful.
     
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  6. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I see nothing wrong with it...... Selfies have been around for decades. It just was not shared to the extent it is now. It's no more photography in the strictest sense than a tweet is to a published book. Samsung released dual screen P&S years ago. It had a display on the front of the camera in addition to the rear. Several cameras of the past had a swing out LCD that can rotate 180.

    From a business perspective, bringing some of the features that made smart phones displace cameras in the market is not a bad thing. This includes making it easier to take a selfie, edit photos and share them....

    From a personal standpoint, these attempts at innovations are a good thing as often they explore or open to new exciting things. If not immediately interesting to me then its as if it won't impact my joy of photography. I certainly don't take many selfies but I do like to share with friends and family.

    Everyone has their own definition of enjoyment... I certainly wouldn't want someone imposing on mine.
     
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  7. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I'm not sure why they bother, a mobile phone does just as good a job, if not better. Why do you need a 16MP, interchangeable lens, camera to take selfies?
     
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  8. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    A feature to market. I am sure somebody would find it a feature that they want. We may be photographers, but sometimes we want to show the world that "we were there".

    --Ken
     
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  9. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    Fred
    If you're trying to get some one to upgrade from a cell phone it should be able to do at least what the phone can.

    Fred
     
  10. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    For the same reason that WiFi capable cameras exist and products like the Samsung s# zoom smart phones exist. Because you have cheap cameras, ultra expensive medium frame high image quality capable cameras and everything in between..... Everyone has their idea of the ideal product that meets needs or wants while manufacturers strive to meet it.

    It is how progress is achieved.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Mu-43 mobile app
     
  11. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Frank
    Look at all those douchebags with ironic beards who own Leicas and are CONSTANTLY taking photos of themselves in mirrors and windows? They've been doing it since the very first portable cameras came about.

    Besides, wasn't there at least one camera, over a decade ago that had a similar designed drop-down display for selfies? Didn't Samsung also make a camera with a second LCD on the front for just such a purpose? (hah! usayit beat me to it) Or the camera-phones that had a little reflective mirror-patch by the lens so you could turn it around and point it at your own face with relative accuracy?
     
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  12. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    See link I posted.... Yup Samsung dual. I thought it was a unique idea in a cheap camera.... Maybe ahead of its time.

    Aha.... I missed that you read the link already.....
     
  13. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Frank
    Up here they actually sold a lot of them in drug-stores. They were pretty popular, but I think the model we had pre-dated Wifi... They were cheap, small, and pretty easy to use.
     
  14. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I think for this purpose the Sony qx10 and qx100 is a more interesting exercise of innovation but it lacks in refinement and well thought out implementation
     
  15. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Because iPhone selfies in low light suck big time. With E-PL7, one can use use bounce flash with e.g. Oly 17mm or 12mm and do a high quality selfie. LCD tilts down which is convenient. However, E-PL7 is epic fail without built-in bounceable flash.
     
  16. 少林chris

    少林chris Mu-43 Regular

    120
    Jun 28, 2013
    Los Angeles / Copenhagen
    Chris
    I can definitely see the market potential here in China and probably rest of east Asia as well. Females here in general, are selfie fanatics. My girlfriend for instance, has been talking about getting a mu43 camera for a while now, and I think the PL7 it will seal the deal for her.
    This will make nice pocket change for olympus for sure.
     
  17. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

    959
    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Frank
    Olympus has not hid the fact that two huge target markets for their PEN cameras are women and teens.
     
  18. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Except that the camera can't make calls, txt, facebook, twitter, navigate, play games, etc, etc. If it could, it'd be a smart phone.:biggrin:
     
  19. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Frank
    Surprisingly, Canon tried that with the N camera...didn't sell very well outside of Japan... In Japan, I don't think it did all that well either.