From a recent Wall Street Journal article on what's happening to the digital camera market
'Nidec Corp., a leading supplier of components used in a wide-range of consumer electronics products, said the troubles in the compact digital camera market segment contributed to losses at a subsidiary that produces shutters and lenses. Shigenobu Nagamori, Nidec's chief executive, said the unit's executives held too optimistic of a view of the camera market's rebound.
"I told them to get rid of that kind of thinking," Mr. Nagamori said at a press conference last week in Tokyo. "I'm telling them to assume that the inexpensive cameras [that aren't cellphones] are dead, just like PCs."'
This attitude, taken by enough people, can become self-fulfilling.
I'm afraid that the technologies for the big workstations that many photographers need are not going to be surfing mass-market economies of scale in the future. I hope I'm wrong.