Sony Pushes Boundaries of Low Light Capability

Mette Eriksen
 Apr 15, 2014

On April 6th Sony announced the Alpha 7s, a 12 megapixel full-frame compact interchangeable lens camera. It was announced at a press conference at the beginning of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas and was one of the products that captured the attention of visitors to the Sony booth.

Shigeki Ishizuka, President of Sony’s Digital Imaging Group introduces the Alpha 7s at NAB

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What Can Save P&S Cameras?

Mette Eriksen
 Mar 13, 2014

The digital camera market is in decline. Vendors are cutting back on their product range. Olympus and Fujifilm have announced that they will exit low end compact cameras. Even Canon has hinted following rumours that they will consider what to do with cameras that are priced under ¥20,000. Nikon seems to be the vendor that is planning to stay in for the long run, capturing low hanging sales as competitors exit.

InfoTrends’ forecast shows the trend clearly over the last 10 years. 2014 is shaping up to show continued steep decline. Changes in technology, the emergence of competing devices and perhaps a tendency for camera vendors to believe that the exceptional image quality found in cameras will protect them from competition can all be used to explain the shape of the curve below. Read more »

Mobile World Congress – An Imaging Perspective

Ed Lee
 Mar 6, 2014

Players in the mobile market congregated in Barcelona, Spain from February 24-27 for the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show and conference. The 2014 event was bigger than previous years and preliminary numbers from the GSMA Association suggest that around 85,000 visitors attended the show.

While Mobile World Congress is not an imaging specific show, it is arguably the place where the future of imaging is being shaped. As consumers migrate from digital cameras to smartphones for every day photos, vendors in the smartphone market are beginning to have a significant influence on photo habits and feature expectations.

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2014 – More Change for Camera Vendors

Mette Eriksen
 Jan 21, 2014

Last year InfoTrends talked much about change and asked “Are you prepared?” In 2014 the same holds true. We are in the midst of a transformation in the imaging market. From a camera perspective we have moved through digital photography which was mostly a film replacement phase, to connected cameras which is where we are today and now we are heading towards intelligent photography.

In an environment that is marked by uncertainty we, the imaging analysts at InfoTrends, are examining the trends that will shape the imaging market in 2014. We feel certain at least two of our trends for 2014 will come true: Read more »

Moving from Slow to Intelligent Photography

Mette Eriksen
 Nov 7, 2013

InfoTrends recently published the Capture-enabled Devices: A New Market Segmentationreport and an associated blog, which describes our thoughts on how the imaging market will develop in the near future. The capture market is now divided into four segments: Slow Photography, Casual Photography, Fast Photography, and Intelligent Photography. Intelligent photography is the segment that we believe represents the most growth opportunities in the future.

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theQ Camera – A Social Camera

Mette Eriksen
 Sep 19, 2013

theQ camera caught my eye when it was launched in August. It caught my eye because it is a connected camera using a SIM card. It also caught my eye because theQ enters a camera market that is in free fall and where established vendors like Fujifilm and Olympus are making fundamental changes to their consumer imaging business. Yesterday Businessweek published a story about the challenges that Canon and Nikon are facing in the adversity of improving smartphone cameras. I think the best way to describe the digital camera market in 2013 is as extremely challenging.

Steven Christensen, CEO of QLifestyle, took time to brief me on theQ camera and their plans. The focus of Q Lifestyle is on photography related products and services. Read more »

JPEGmini – A Photo Compression Tool

Mette Eriksen
 Aug 7, 2013

As we take more photos than ever before, the ease of transferring, sharing, and storing these files is rising up the agenda of consumers and corporates. Israeli start-up Beamr is addressing this problem through its product, JPEGmini. JPEGmini reduces JPEG files without noticeably impacting image quality. The primary benefits of JPEGmini are that files take up less storage space and load more quickly than original image files. Read more »

Wearables – The Bright Light on the Camera Horizon?

Mette Eriksen
 Jul 17, 2013

The next wave of disruption in the capture market will come from wearable devices. The wearable camera market falls within the wearable technology market, which consists of a wide range of products that are designed to be worn, to be always switched on and to monitor in some way the person wearing the technology and their environment. The fitness market has been the trailblazer in the wearable tech market with products like Fitbit and Jawbone.  Players in the wearable camera market include established players, such as GoPro and emerging players such as Google, Memoto, and Vuzix.

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Photo Boom Time: Challenges and Opportunities

Mette Eriksen
 May 15, 2013

Yesterday Nokia launched the Lumia 925 at a high profile event in London. The Lumia 925 joins a long line of venerable smartphones. The Lumia 925 features an 8.7MP camera and a 6 element lens. With this phone Nokia attempts to cement its position as the imaging leader in the smartphone market. Smartphones are mini computers that can be carried around at any time. Small, light and in most cases with cameras that are good enough for taking both every day and occasional special occasion photos. These are also the reasons why smartphones are taking the place of digital cameras as the camera used most often by consumers. InfoTrends’ European end user data clearly illustrates this trend. Read more »

Jessops Back from the Dead

Mette Eriksen
 Apr 9, 2013

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog about Jessops entering administration and the impact this would have on the U.K. digital camera market. Three days after I wrote that blog, Jessops did close its doors and 1,300 staff lost their jobs.

Since then Peter Jones, one of the dragons on BBC’s Dragons’ Den program, has emerged as a buyer of the business. Mr. Jones has invested £4mln in Jessops and will by the end of this month have reopened 30 of the 187 stores that were closed in January, re-employing many former Jessops staff in the process. Mr. Jones becomes the Chairman and Chief Executive and has vowed to be closely involved with the business as it is turned around, setting a target of £80 million in sales and 15% share of the U.K. DSLR market in their first year of business. Read more »

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