Kodak getting out of camera business

Kodak announced Thursday that it is ditching its digital camera business. The company, which stopped selling film cameras in 2004, said it will focus instead on photo printing.

Essentially, the company that was a household name for generations of novice and professional photographers in the U.S. and around the world has been done in by the digital imaging technology it created.

Digital cameras were the death knell for the film and disposable cameras that were Kodak’s bread and butter for decades, and it wasn’t able to keep up with competition from Japanese digital camera manufacturers.

The company will license its brand name to other camera manufactures. In addition to digital cameras, Kodak’s digital business produced pocket video cameras and digital picture frames. It will also focus on home photo printers, high-speed commercial inkjet presses, workflow software and packaging as the core of its future business, according to the Associated Press.

Kodak has laid off nearly 50,000 workers over the past decade and closed a dozen factories and 130 photo labs.

What do you think about Kodak’s decision to click its last shutter?

19 comments Add your comment

Big Hat

February 9th, 2012
12:51 pm

Kodak goes bankrupt, no film at 11:00

Sad

February 9th, 2012
12:57 pm

It’s sad, but Kodak has had plenty of time and opportunities to adapt. They refused to change their core business until it was too late and they were basically irrelevant. There were tons of warnings to them but they ignored them. This is a classic case of the old guard being scared, and not understanding the future. Kodak chose this path. The old way isn’t always the best way. Good luck in the future Kodak!

K-Ster

February 9th, 2012
1:04 pm

Darn! Now I’ll never have another “Kodak Moment” :-(

Billy

February 9th, 2012
1:08 pm

LOL, I just bought a $200 camera in December. I should have bought one from another manufacturer. Oh Well…

WTF

February 9th, 2012
1:08 pm

Big Hat…Now that’s funny

Case Study

February 9th, 2012
1:09 pm

I bought my first digital camera in 1997 at Wolf Camera and I remember talking to them then about how the Kodak’s of the world would adapt. I thought then this day would be coming!

This is as good a college MBA case study as you will find!

Mama don't take my Kodachrome away

February 9th, 2012
1:16 pm

Wow, as an amateur photographer who has so many fond memories of the countless yellow boxes of Kodak photo paper and the rolls of Kodachrome, Ektachrome, and even Tri-X Pan, this is truly a sad day for America. My family owned tons of Kodak Instamatic cameras, both the 126 format from the 1960s and later the 110 format so popular in the 1970s. I remember flashcubes and the delightful mechanical ratcheting sound of the 110 cameras advancing the film. The one thing Kodak never did was to make an honest effort to join the likes of Nikon, Canon, and Minolta to go after the amateur and professional SLR camera market….if they had done so, and done it well, would they still be here? I guess we will never know.

Bob

February 9th, 2012
1:18 pm

Sad state of affairs, another example of how the US has lost most of its, Manufacturing capabilties, and jobs to Asia (Japan, Taiwan, China, etc).

America, if it keeps it’s current trend, will no longer be a world economic power, depending on other counties to produce for us, and making the US a 3rd world country, by the next decade :(

JiMiFLiX!

February 9th, 2012
1:28 pm

Kodak management should be rounded up, be forced to repay all their outsized salaries and bonuses and then sued for the malpractice of running a famed and storied American brand into the ground…!

CmdrR

February 9th, 2012
1:50 pm

Who’s going to break the news to Paul Simon?

JDG

February 9th, 2012
1:51 pm

It’s sad in the sense that a formerly great brand in photography won’t be making cameras anymore, but have any of you actually USED a Kodak digital? They’re mostly complete crap, with a few exceptions that rise to the level of mediocrity.

That said, as another amateur photog who actually uses film (I *only* own 5 film cameras to my one DSLR), I hope this means that the film division won’t be sacrificed, because Kodak still makes damn fine 35mm film.

@Mama… Kodak was, actually, one of the earliest players in the DSLR market. The DCS series cameras from the 90’s (which used modified Nikon and Canon EOS bodies) were for several years at the forefront of professional digital photography.

ssmith

February 9th, 2012
1:56 pm

Someday my prints will come……..

Patrick

February 9th, 2012
1:59 pm

I guess we’ll have to wait to see how things develop from their decision.

They just don’t get the exposure like they used to.

I can keep going. I’ve got millions of these. On 8 x 10 color glossy photographs with circles and arrows with a paragraph on the back of each one, explaining what each one was.

Pixel_Pixie

February 9th, 2012
2:40 pm

@ JiMiFLiX! : Well said. It’s hard to imagine American business without Kodak.

@ Momma don’t take my kodachrome away: Your post has me waxing nostalgic.

@ ssmith: Funny!

Even though I have been shooting digital for a while, I have felt pangs of wistfulness as various films have been discontinued over the years, and am sad to see that Kodak is breaking ties with cameras and film altogether. My love of photography has sparked an interest in experimenting more with film and other methods alternative to digital. I predict there will be a resurgence in the appreciation of film at some point in the future. I hope Kodak will still be around when it happens.

bail me

February 9th, 2012
2:46 pm

another failed company—time to call obama and get a bailout if they have enough union votes.

Bob

February 9th, 2012
2:59 pm

“another failed company—time to call obama and get a bailout if they have enough union votes.”
WOW GOOD ONE bail me. Yeah, you tell ‘em. When you don’t have anything relevant to add, or any points on policy, you make silly AM radio fast food infotainer comments. Grow up.

Jim R.

February 9th, 2012
3:50 pm

I hear Paul Simon’s classic song going through my head now………….

john

February 10th, 2012
8:16 am

Good riddance to bad trash, I hope they go under ASAP. What they did to Dr.Land is a disgrace, lousy corporate pirates.

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