It looks as though the day of reckoning is dawning for compact digital cameras. That day could still be some time away, but the figures speak for themselves. As each month passes, new smartphones are launched with better cameras and many other benefits that can utilise the photography features, and compact cameras seem to be standing still in comparison.
The number of people switching to smartphones also has a huge impact and once they realise that the phone they are using includes a camera that is capable of being their only snapper, they are much more likely to never buy a compact camera again and will possibly dispense with their current camera.
Lenses in compact cameras are almost always superior to smartphones and so are the flash setups, but there is an advantage that smartphones hold that eclipses the specifications of compact cameras. Apps.
There are now so many apps that can tweak, enhance and bring humour to smartphone photos and even more services such as Instagram and Twitter that let you share your photos immediately. No more leaving your photos on an expansion card or your PC. Your photos now have worth and will be seen by others. That alone is why compact cameras will struggle to match smartphones in the future.