Cameras Take The Smallest, Lightest Challenge
Just ask Gulliver. Small is better. Small is nice. Small is fun. And small can get the job done as well, or better, than large.
When the photographic industry was asked (primarily by a vast army of amateurs) a decade or so ago to make cameras more automatic, more versatile and easier to use, it came through with what has come to be known as the 35mm point-and-shoot camera. And, despite sticking with the long-established 35mm film format, it came through with smaller cameras.
Once the manufacturers were able to put micro-chips into their camera bodies, miniature automatics took over the whole industry in both number of units produced and sold. Point-and-shoot became household words, and the question of the hour was, "What will they think of next?"