OT: When Digital Isn’t Enough [9:32 pm]
Thanks in no small part to the forgetfulness of consumers, disposable cameras still earn a place on kiosk and convenience store shelves 20 years after the first model was sold in this click-happy country.
Across the Pacific, a heartier appetite for disposables — little more than a film coiled behind a lens and a flash — has provided some relief for a film market trampled by galloping demand for cheaper and sharper digital cameras.
[...] So deep is the rot in global film sales that the world’s third-largest maker of camera film, Japan’s Konica Minolta, decided this year to pull the plug on making color film, while AgfaPhoto of Germany went bankrupt, sinking the once-famous Agfa brand.
But digital cameras are susceptible to theft, loss and damage and that has been another key to the longevity of disposables — serving as a stand-in at the beach, say, or amid the cacophony of celebration and inebriation at parties and rock concerts.