A few years ago my wife bought one because we were going to Rome for a week. We didn’t want to haul our bulky camera with us all the time and the compact was perfect for the abundant daylight and very convenient to carry in either a pocket or a purse. Today my cell phone has the same resolution and pretty much the same optics for Facebook and Flickr purposes. Why would I take a compact camera for marginally better quality and worry not to forget or recharge one more thing? Human anatomy and practicality play a role here – two factors that determine the faith of many categories in consumer electronics. The smart phones are wiping up the compact cameras – a natural selection as Darwin would have put it.