In a world dominated by smartphones, the iconic camera manufacturer Canon has taken a light-hearted and witty approach to capture the essence of modern photography habits. With their uproarious WhatTheFone campaign, Canon has managed to not only showcase their understanding of changing consumer behaviour but also tickle the funny bone of tech-savvy audiences. Canon’s campaign on Instagram is winning them laughs and hearts, showing its marketing genius.
In an era when most people carry a powerful camera in their pockets in the form of a smartphone, traditional cameras have taken a backseat in many everyday situations. Canon’s campaign is a comical take on this trend, highlighting four scenarios where people opt for their phones over a camera, leading to amusing yet relatable mishaps.
The Go Goal Gone Catastrophe
The campaign’s first scenario portrays a father attending his child’s football match where the child is steps away from creating history. In the video, the child is on the penalty mark and is ready to take a penalty shootout and in the audience, his father is all set to record his child becoming the hero of the match. The goal happens even better than expected but the father misses the goal as his recording is interrupted by a call. The father is left feeling rage and helpless. Canon’s campaign playfully captures the essence of this modern-day quirk, reminding viewers that some moments deserve more than just a phone.
The second scenario shifts the spotlight to a Dhaba or a roadside eatery that not only tickles the taste buds but hits the sweet spot of the soul. A rather enthusiastic food blogger is eager to capture the culinary mastery of Mushtanda who flips the roti in an artistic way. Every time Mushtanda ji flips the roti for the blogger, he is distracted by constant notifications on the blogger’s phone. After repeatedly failing to capture the trick, Mushtanda is furious at the blogger. Canon’s message is clear: When an artist presents their art, it’s worth having a proper camera at hand to capture the true essence.
Dadi made an Oopsie
In an age where children are no less celebrities for the family, they cannot compromise when their adventures are not well captured. In the third segment of the campaign, a family is seen enjoying an adventure park, when the only child of the family is pumped to try her hands on the zipline. While the mother only captures the lower body of the child on the rope, Dadi forgets to flip the camera, facing the granddaughter. Missing her golden opportunity to show off in front of her friends, the little one is rather upset over it. Canon’s humorous take on this relatable situation underscores the importance of a well-equipped camera in capturing those little celebrities’ adventures flawlessly.
Live Streaming Fiasco
Live streaming today is a strategic tool in the hands of artists who can reach out to a much larger audience. A job that can make or break careers definitely needs the right types of equipment. Canon’s campaign takes a jab at the amateur who chooses their phone over a dedicated camera to record the perfect song. In the midst of singing the song and touching the right notes, there is a constant buzzing of the phone that turns the artist into a meme fest. This scenario playfully nudges at the idea that talent is meant to be savoured at the note, not endlessly interfered with.
Canon’s WhatTheFone campaign brilliantly captures the humour in our growing dependency on smartphones for photography. While acknowledging the convenience of having a camera readily available at all times, the campaign reminds us that there are moments and situations where a dedicated camera can truly shine, ensuring that we don’t miss out on the magic of high-quality photography. By weaving together relatable scenarios and comedic timing, Canon has managed to not only market its cameras but also strike a chord with consumers who have found themselves in similar amusing situations. After all, some things are best left to Canon!