So here you have all of these smartphone and mobile accessory manufacturers trying to give consumers a better camera experience, so that they can get better photos and videos without buying a camera.
Camera manufacturers are seemingly so slow to adjust that the majority of their offerings are missing the mark.
Aside from models like , which has great features, but a small point-and-shoot sensor, you'll find large-sensor compacts, entry-level digital SLRs, and entry-level interchangeable lens compacts (ILCs, also known as compact system cameras).
Again, all the major camera makers have cameras that fall into these categories, so there's a dizzying number of options.
Bigger sensors and fewer megapixels Read the point-and-shoot camera user reviews on any shopping site and you'll see many people saying things like, "this 16-megapixel camera isn't nearly as good as my old 8-megapixel one." Camera manufacturers have basically spent so much effort marketing megapixels to consumers that it's tough to break the habit.Some manufacturers have started to pare down their lineups, such as Sony, which has only announced eight new Cyber-shots for 2013, four with CCD sensors and four with the company's significantly better Exmor R backside-illuminated CMOS sensors.Eventually, though, Sony will need to scrap small CCD sensors altogether (actually all the manufacturers should at this point) and move to all BSI CMOS.Going above this price point smooths things out some, but there is still a glut of d SLRs and ILCs from which to choose.(For more information on all of these camera styles, here's our buying guide.)Consumer indifference For whatever advantages there are to having a dedicated camera, many people just don't care.