Commercial Drones Cleared for Takeoff

Alan Bullock
 Jul 5, 2016

On June 21, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it had finalized a new rule for the commercial operation of small (less than 55 pounds) unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones. (By the way, only a government agency would use the singular “rule” for a 624-page document!) Here is a quick look at some of the highlights of the new regulations, and why we think they will be a big boost for businesses that want to put cameras in the air. Read more »

Sorry, Aristotle. When it comes to 4K video, the whole is not always greater than the sum of its parts.

Alan Bullock
 Apr 14, 2016

4K video is rapidly gaining traction throughout the photo and video ecosystems, in devices from capture to display. Read more »

Meerkat Changes Direction – Is Livestreaming Ready for Prime Time?

Alan Bullock
 Mar 14, 2016

Meerkat Logo2In case you missed it, on March 4, the developer of Meerkat, one of the leading livestreaming apps, announced that it was working on “something new,” shifting its focus away from one-to-many mobile live video. Acknowledging a Re/code report, Meerkat CEO Ben Rubin posted a letter that had been sent to investors in February. In that letter, Mr. Rubin cited two main reasons that live video in general, and Meerkat in particular, had not gained the traction that they had hope for. Read more »

Can Apple’s iPhone Camera Investment Help Drive Camera Sales?

Alan Bullock
 Dec 24, 2015

Apple iPhone Camera Module - 60 Minutes Screen CapThe two-part story about Apple on CBS News’ 60 Minutes last Sunday (December 20, 2015) covered a lot of ground, including CEO Tim Cook filling the shoes of the late Steve Jobs, the company’s legendary commitment to secrecy, the product design process, retail stores, and government access to encrypted personal information. Buried in part one was a 90-second section devoted to the iPhone camera, which revealed a few interesting statistics: Read more »

Two Storage Giants To Become One

Alan Bullock
 Oct 27, 2015

On October 21, Western Digital Corporation (WD) announced its plan to acquire SanDisk in a deal that values SanDisk at approximately $19 billion. This merger has some interesting possibilities for consumer and professional photographers.

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How the late Yogi Berra defines the product roadmap for streaming media players

Alan Bullock
 Oct 15, 2015
To paraphrase the legendary Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra,
“If you come to a 4K in the road, take it.”

September and October have been busy with product announcements from leading manufacturers of streaming digital media players. But despite the surging popularity of 4K Ultra HD video, there is a mixed bag of support for the new high-resolution format. Some of the new streamers support it, but others conspicuously do not. Read more »

Augmented World Expo from the Comfort of My Home Office

Alan Bullock
 Jun 12, 2015

The Augmented World Expo (AWE) was held June 8-10, in Santa Clara, California. The show organizer, AugmentedReality.org, expected more than 3,000 attendees, with just over 100 exhibitors and a series of presentations and discussions featuring more than 200 speakers and panelists.

Cameras, imaging, and display technologies are important components of many Augmented Reality (AR) applications, and we are following the AR market as part of InfoTrends’ new Imaging Innovators Service.

We were unable to make it to AWE 2015 in person, but my colleague, Ed Lee, and I were invited to teleport to the event, using a robot-like video device called a BEAM*. Read more »

Lines Blur As Cameras Get Smaller

Alan Bullock
 Apr 21, 2015

It’s an interesting time for the photo industry. Cameras continue to get better, faster, less expensive, and, perhaps most significantly, smaller. These devices are taking pictures of everything from scenery to sports, capturing life’s moments from new points of view, from vantage points that were very difficult just a few years ago. Read more »

The Next Step in Intelligent Imaging is About a Foot

Alan Bullock
 Mar 5, 2015

InfoTrends estimates that consumers worldwide will take about one trillion photos in 2015 – and that doesn’t even include the ones that are deleted right away. As a result, users of smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, action cameras, lifelogging cameras, and other picture-taking devices are accumulating massive collections of photos and videos. Keeping them organized so that memories of a person, place, or event can be easily located when desired is a daunting task. Read more »

Cameras Get Connected – So What?

Alan Bullock
 Aug 22, 2014


Since 2005, InfoTrends has advocated for connected cameras. In the early days of smartphones, it was their built-in connectivity and the instant sharing that it enabled that helped to nibble away at low-end digital camera sales. Despite obstacles like mediocre image quality and expensive data plans, a large number of consumers chose the convenience of mobile photography over the superior image quality of even the simplest standalone cameras. Today (finally), more than half of the new cameras introduced by major manufacturers feature built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, but is it enough to make a difference? Read more »

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