The Perfect Photo Op?
Legum admits, "The industry has debated this question for decades. Some of us older CE folks remember the first KLH portable phonographs of the late 60s. Everything was in one box—changer, speakers, and amplifier. It sounded great and college campuses all over America rocked. But, it wasn't as big a sound as you could get from the new Advent speakers with a Pioneer receiver and Dual turntable with a Shure cartridge."
Legum says that just like the audio industry, the imaging business will entertain a variety of users with very different goals in mind.
"The same questions occurred then as now: What are the benefits of components over one integrated piece?" Legum asks. "And the answer is the same—both the separates and the unified devices will sell. It depends on the needs and desires of the customer. Customers will make decisions based on how they plan to use the products. My guess is customers who want higher-quality photographic results will opt for separate units with better lenses and more robust software capabilities. Those who want to snap away, have fun and not worry about the nuances, may like the all-in-one approach."