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Samsung just quit the UK camera business


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The advent of smartphone photography has been tough to chew for camera manufacturers, including Samsung.

Samsung has announced the discontinuation of its operations in the UK camera market.

The South Korean technology giant is now set to abandon sales of digital cameras, camcorders, and camera accessories in Britain.

The company has released the following statement on the matter:

In the UK, we have seen a gradual and sustained decline in demand for standalone digital cameras and camcorders and related accessories.”

The statement continues: “For this reason, we have taken the decision to phase out the sales and marketing of these products.”

While there’s no evidence Samsung plans to shutter camera operations in other regions, some rumours suggest the business may be closed down in Australia and select European locations.

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Rumours regarding the closure of Samsung’s camera business began circulating in mid-September this year.

Speaking at the time however, Samsung snubbed out the rumours, dismissing the suggestion that it planned to abandon operations.

Tell us what you think of Samsung’s decision in the comments below.


December 3, 2015, 8:00 am

Sad, but there is an inevitability about this. It wouldn't surprise me if they're not the last casualty of the rise of the smartphone camera. There are still a lot of players in an increasingly niche market (ie the market for dedicated cameras): Olympus, Panasonic, Canon, Pentax, Nikon, Sony, Ricoh, Leica, etc


December 3, 2015, 11:28 am

I'm not remotely surprised. For most happy snappers a smartphone camera is enough and is certainly a lot moire convenient to carry. I have standalone camera but almost never use it for this reason, although I will take it when I go on holiday as it does have a decent optical zoom

There will still be a market for more serious photographers that smartphones will never be able to attack.


December 3, 2015, 1:00 pm

The compact market must have been absolutely obliterated by now. At least SLRs offer a completely different experience and performance level.

I agree that there are too many makes (and, crucially, systems) in the niche SLR market - further consolidation is inevitable. It's why I wouldn't buy into a system from a conglomerate like Samsung, regardless of how nice individual products are. Once profits dip below a certain level the accountants will just shutter the division, leaving you high and dry.

At least the big specialised companies like Nikon / Canon will be around as long as SLRs are.


December 3, 2015, 1:43 pm

I think many Samsung SLRs got pretty good reviews, but everyone's profit margins must be getting squeezed by now. Even my entry level D3200 has 24MP, and I only intend to buy one additional lens (a prime) any time soon. I can't see myself upgrading the body for a long time either.

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