The writing was on the wall. After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Kodak's quitting the camera business. It's truly the end of an era, especially for the company that gave birth to the first digital camera.
In a crowded market of digital cameras, Kodak just couldn't keep up with the rapid changing times. While its cameras and pocket video recorders mostly skewed toward the low-end, they were mostly overshadowed by the offerings from Canon, Nikon and Sony.
Commonly found in places like pharmacies and discount stores, many of Kodak's digital cameras just didn't satisfy the demanding needs of today's shutterbugs. Not to mention, they almost all looked commonly generic.
About the only interesting camera Kodak produced that I can recall for its uniqueness was the Kodak V570, the world's first digital camera with dual-lenses for wide and regular shots. Back in 2008, we even used one to cover CES. It was a simpler time back then. These days, it's nothing but mirrorless and DSLRs for us.
In addition to packing up its camera business, Kodak will also put the TNT on digital picture frames (good riddance!) by the first half of 2012. We can't say we'll miss those clunky things.
The Kodak brand isn't dead just yet. To keep the cash flowing, the company says it will focus on licensing its patented technologies out and strengthening its online and retail-based photo printing, desktop inkjet printing and film businesses.
For now, you'll just have to capture those "Kodak Moments" with a non-Kodak camera. That's cool, most of us rely on our powerful smartphone cameras to do the job these days, so it's not a big loss.
Maybe Kodak will invent the next digital camera. We're down for a holographic projection camera!