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Samsung leaving the digital camera market

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Although Samsung had a strong presence in the digital camera market until a few years ago, the decline of this sector and the increasing popularity of mobile photography made the company to drop this area for good.

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Samsung's last digital camera arrived back in 2015 when the South Korean tech giant released the mirrorless NX500. Now, the company moves on, and there will be no successor for the NX500. However, Samsung seems to switch the focus to virtual reality, thanks to the Gear 360 camera.

According to industry insiders familiar with the matter who spoke to The Investor, "Samsung Electronics has recently stopped producing and selling digital cameras, hinting at the Korean tech giant’s departure from the waning market." An unnamed Samsung official confirmed the rumor and also revealed an interesting fact about the company's plans for the future, saying "we will create a new camera product category to continue the business."

Samsung entered the digital camera market back in 1997, enjoying the boom of the entry segment of the market that faded in the mid-2000s. An anonymous source highlighted that "Samsung lost its competitiveness in the entry segment with the robust growth of smartphone cameras" and the company "seems to have no option but to leave the market."

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-04- 7 (Update: 2017-04- 7)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.