Is Nokia EOS handset featuring 41 MP camera inspiring highly respected camera manufacturer Nikon? Perfection indeed needs an inspiration it seems.
Starting directly from the quoted words that says, "We want to create a product that will change the concept of cameras," and "It could be a non-camera consumer product"; what would a normal tech guy infer from the statement above? Yes, it is obvious that the Nikon chief executive Makoto Kimura's words above hints at a smartphone.
Although the last sentence seems quite ambiguous to many but on the contrary what more can Nikon actually build more than a smartphone that is taking the market over. Thus it is pretty obvious to interpret the latter statement to be a hint towards a smartphone. Not only that, but he further said that "We've centralized our ideas around cameras but can change our approach to offer products to that bigger market." adding another spec of possibility of their non-camera product to be a smartphone.
It is evident these days that people are looking more easier point and shoot cameras and more over, the mass is in a constant act of uploading the photos from the phone itself. Thus, it is obvious that smartphone sales are actually making an adverse affect to the sales of the camera especially the point and shoot ones. To go by figures smartphone shipments grew around 46% in recent months while sales of point and shoots dropped by a quarter in April and May.
However, even if Nikon comes into the smartphone business, it is not as easy to survive as it may appear. Especially with devices that are already capable of shooting underwater from Sony and Nokia's 41 MP smartphone, Nokia may have to consider ruminating the market and the devices itself at large before starting the venture. And on the contrary, photographers will be obviously tilted towards Nikon's "yet to be decided smartphone".