Amazon Enters Photo Print Market

David Haueter
 Sep 29, 2016

There haven’t been that many significant entries into the photo print market over the last several years, so it was especially notable when Amazon announced its AmazonPrints service on September 21st, which is available to Amazon Prime and Amazon Drive customers. The service is now offering photo prints in 4” x 6” ($0.09), 5” x 7” ($0.58) and 8” x 10” ($1.79) sizes, as well as two different types of photo books. AmazonPrints 8” x 11” hardcover photo book with glossy pages starts at $19.99, and an 8” x 11” premium layflat hardcover book with matte paper starts at $44.99. According to the AmazonPrints website, stationery and calendars are coming soon.

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Mirrorless Cameras Slow to Catch On, Especially With Pros

David Haueter
 Sep 2, 2016

Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) have a lot going for them. They’re generally more compact and lighter than their DSLR counterparts, and have resolution and photo quality specs to match the best DSLRs. MILCs are expected to grow in popularity; they’re the only type of camera for which InfoTrends is predicting sales growth from 2015 to 2016. Even so, the DSLR will still be the interchangeable lens camera of choice, especially with professional photographers.

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Fujifilm opens “Wonder Photo Shop” in the heart of New York City

David Haueter
 Jul 19, 2016

On Friday July 22nd, Fujifilm will open the new “Wonder Photo Shop” at 176 5th Avenue in the shadow of the famous Flatiron Building in New York City. The New York City shop is the first U.S. location and the ninth storefront in the world.  The first shop was established in Tokyo in 2014, with other shops located in Barcelona, Bogata, Manila, Shanghai, and Singapore. After attending a media event just a few days before the store opened, I’m confident that New Yorkers will embrace the shop and that it will fulfill one of Fujifilm’s goals, which is for people to become more immersed in the joy of photography.

Wonder Photo Shop gets ready to open

Wonder Photo Shop gets ready to open

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Trendy Products Featured at ShowStoppers for CE Week

David Haueter
 Jun 30, 2016

It was CE (consumer electronics) week last week in New York City – an annual event that highlights the latest and greatest trends in consumer electronics, and some of the trends that will shape the camera and printing markets were on display from several vendors at the ShowStoppers event that was part of the week’s activities.

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Nikon’s Latest 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is a Compact, Bargain-priced Powerhouse Lens

David Haueter
 Apr 14, 2016

I’ve been a Nikon shooter for the past 25 years and shoot a lot of motorsport events, so my “go-to” lenses are the 80-200mm f/2.8 and the 300mm f/4, both from Nikon. Neither of these lenses have vibration reduction technology, but they have metallic bodies and are built like tanks. My 300mm f/4 lens is the model from two generations ago that I bought on eBay many years ago. It’s a testament to Nikon’s build quality that it still works great and has survived a couple of drops at the race track. I never thought the last generation version of the lens was worth upgrading too, but I may be ready to spend a couple grand on Nikon’s latest 300mm f/4 lens, which is significantly improved over its predecessors.

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Nikon D500 is the DSLR many have been waiting for

David Haueter
 Jan 8, 2016

It’s been almost seven years since Nikon introduced the D300s DX-format DLSR, and for the last several years many Nikon shooters have been waiting for a true replacement to that model. There was speculation that a successor would be announced at nearly every significant trade show over the last few years. That day finally arrived with the launch of the D500 at CES 2016 in Las Vegas.

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More Education is Key to Smartphone Photo Printing

David Haueter
 Dec 22, 2015

Smartphones are wonderful devices and it’s hard to imagine life without them now. I think it’s safe to say that many consumers don’t use anywhere near the full capabilities of their smartphones, and this is especially true when it comes to photo printing. It’s a simple fact that most consumers are now using their smartphones as their primary camera. In the recently published InfoTrends 2015 U.S. Photo Printing Study, 63% of survey respondents said they use a smartphone most often as their primary camera, compared to 20% who use a digital point & shoot camera most often.

Smartphones have great potential to boost the photo printing market, as the smartphone can essentially act as a photo kiosk. The problem is that even though most of the leading retailers and online photo service providers have apps available for photo printing and output, many consumers don’t really know how to go about ordering prints from their smartphone, or even making quality photo prints on their own home printer from the device. When respondents to the U.S. Photo Printing Study who have not printed smartphone photos were asked why not, the leading response (at over 34%) was, “I don’t know how.” Over 15% said it was “too difficult” and over 12% said their phone “didn’t support printing.”

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MOO Bridges the Paper-to-Digital Gap with Paper+

David Haueter
 Oct 16, 2015

InfoTrends has been promoting the idea of interconnectivity between the printed and digital worlds for years now, as a way to raise the value of printed products and make them more functional and integrated into our digital world. One very interesting new product that bridges the gap between print and digital is MOO’s Paper+ technology, which has the potential to add real value to business cards and eventually other products.

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Mobile Cases a Growth Area for Photo Merchandise Vendors

David Haueter
 Aug 4, 2015

InfoTrends has been conducting consumer surveys on the photo merchandise market for several years, and added a section about photo-personalized mobile device cases for the first time in the 2015 survey. Mobile device cases represent a huge market opportunity purely based on the number of smartphones and tablets that are sold every year. They also have high retention rate potential, as most smartphones are upgraded nearly every two years or so with newer models which typically mean a new case will be needed as well. Cases that are personalized with photos also represent a big opportunity for photo merchandise vendors. The InfoTrends 2015 U.S. Photo Merchandise Survey reveals some buying habits of these products.

According to survey results, only 14% of respondents have purchased a mobile case with a personalized photo in the last year, which is well under the penetration rate of other photo merchandise products (for instance, over 24% said they bought photo books in the last year). Consumers have a wide selection of non-personalized mobile cases to choose from which can have specific features such as shock protection or extra battery power that photo-personalized cases usually don’t provide, but there is still great potential to sell photo cases to first-time buyers. Survey results show that personalized-photo cases are most popular among 18-34 year olds and those that have children in the household. No surprise there – the vast majority of photo cases I’ve seen with a photo used a shot of the owner’s children.

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Encouraging Signs in Mobile Photo Printing

David Haueter
 Jul 2, 2015

It’s become clear over the last couple of years that the future success or failure of the photo output market relies heavily on how much consumers decide to print from their mobile devices. Smartphones have become the primary camera for most consumers and there’s no sign of that changing as the photography capabilities of these devices evolve and get better with each new generation. The potential for these devices to generate photo print orders is huge with the sheer numbers of them that will be used for photography and the growing number of photos people are taking from their smartphones, but that doesn’t mean people will print from them.

InfoTrends recently completed our 2015 U.S. Mobile Imaging Study, which gives some insight into what consumers are doing now and planning to do when it comes to ordering photo prints from their mobile phones. We asked a series of questions on respondent’s behavior when ordering prints from mobile phones, including the question “Have you ever printed your mobile phone photos directly from your mobile phone?” The results show that 27% have “tried it and will do it again,” while 7% said they “have tried it and won’t do it again.” Another 27% simply have no interest, but it’s encouraging for the print market that 23% of respondents said they “plan to but haven’t tried it yet,” while another 16% said they “didn’t realize they could print mobile phone photos, but would like to.”

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