Huawei and Leica Partner to Reinvent Mobile Photography

Carrie Sylvester
 Feb 25, 2016

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Huawei and Leica Camera AG announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to reinvent smartphone photography. The companies used some very interesting and rather untraditional wording in their press releases; embracing a more holistic sound and approach. Huawei’s press release spoke about combining a shared ethos in a long-term commitment to the art of craftsmanship, meticulous engineering, and the spirit of winning collaboration to create a powerhouse that will reinvent smartphone photography. These are no small promises, particularly since neither of these companies are household names in the United States! That said, the companies are major players in their respective markets and geographies. Read more »

Annual Camera Wrap-Up – Mirrorless Models March In

Carrie Sylvester
 Dec 14, 2015

For the last three years we have done a year-end round up of the cameras that were introduced. It’s always an interesting exercise to take a look back on what features and technologies vendors have chosen to feature in their products.

Although there were many, 72, cameras introduced this year, the number pales in comparison to years past. That number of models, although impressive, is over 20% lower than the 98 models introduced in 2014. Just a few years ago in 2012, there were 146 models introduced almost double the number of cameras introduced this year (Source: InfoTrends U.S. Camera Model Tracker). Just because there were fewer cameras released doesn’t mean there weren’t some great new cameras.

We have broken out some of the introductions by popular features and functions, including Wi-Fi connectivity and mirrorless. Read more »

Survey Says… Smartphone winning for photo taking – traditional cameras cling to special occasions

Carrie Sylvester
 Nov 17, 2015

When thinking about taking photos, in year’s past the first thing to come to mind was using a camera. But today since almost every mobile device has a camera, the traditional camera isn’t the first thing people actually pick-up when looking to take a photo. For many years InfoTrends has been conducting an annual mobile imaging survey to understand what camera people turn to when taking pictures in various scenarios –overall, every day, and special occasions.

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Wireless Carriers’ Dreams Come True: Phone Subsidies are Quietly Going Away

Carrie Sylvester
 Sep 15, 2015

Although some BIG changes are coming to the wireless industry, you won’t hear the wireless carriers making a lot of noise about it. Phone subsidies— phones offered by wireless carriers at a discount if multi-year service agreements are signed — have fed our gluttonous appetites for the latest and greatest mobile phone for years. This is all about to change, though, and this change has actually been occurring for some time.

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Apple Dominates September Smartphone News

Carrie Sylvester
 Sep 10, 2015

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

September is notoriously the month of the iPhone, and Apple has continued its practice of rolling-out a new or newer generation of iPhones. On September 9th Apple introduced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Although there were many smartphone models introduced this summer and more will undoubtedly come out in the months leading up to the Holiday gift giving season, it will be hard for any phone or manufacturer to rival the marketing and media splash that Apple has made.

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Point & Shoot Cameras Appealing to Future Buyers….Even the Younger Ones

Carrie Sylvester
 Jul 9, 2015

It’s hard to not see an article these days – online or print – that talks about how the mobile camera is taking over as the everyday camera, some go as far to say that mobile phones are killing the traditional camera. The iPhone “Shot on iPhone” marketing campaigns are even promoting that their camera phone photos are good enough to turn into huge outdoor billboards, I’ve seen a few along the Boston city highways recently. But it’s not all doom and gloom for the future for traditional cameras just because everyone is using a camera phone doesn’t mean they have forgotten all about the camera. Read more »

[Camera phone] Memories….like the corners of my mind…

Carrie Sylvester
 Apr 2, 2015

Yesterday was first day of April, April Fool’s Day on the calendar, I was reminded that it is also my twelfth year with InfoTrends. In 12 years watching the photography and mobile imaging markets has turned me into a mobile imaging enthusiast. To celebrate my 12 year journey I decided to take a walk down my camera phone memory lane.

B.C. (Before camera phone)

In 2003, people had not even thought of a camera phone. Many people had already had their first car phone by the early 2000s most of those would hardly be categorized as “mobile” Read more »

Mobile World Congress 2015 – Photography Featured Prominently in New Smartphones

Carrie Sylvester
 Mar 6, 2015

The 2015 Mobile World Congress was held the first week of March in Barcelona Spain. The show is hosted by The Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) which is an association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to supporting the standardization, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system. During this trade event there were many new products, services, and accessories introduced with a mobile play (phones, tablets, etc.) and included in those introductions were many new smartphone products. This blog focusses on the smartphones that featured photography prominently.

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2014 Camera Wrap-Up – Fewer Cameras but Plenty to Choose From

Carrie Sylvester
 Jan 5, 2015

There were some BIG ticket items on people’s gadget wish lists during 2014 – from gaming systems, hybrid laptop tablets, and flat screen TVs. Another one of the most popular gadgets people want are digital cameras (aka Phoneless Cameras).

Although there were many new camera models introduced in 2014, there were far fewer than in previous years. In 2014, there were 98 camera models introduced compared to 127 in 2013 and 146 in 2012 (Source: InfoTrends U.S. Camera Model Tracker). It is expected that the number of cameras introduced will continue to drop by anywhere between 10% to 20% in 2015.

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What was YOUR first digital camera?

Carrie Sylvester
 Jul 18, 2014

Being a photo enthusiast as well as an industry analyst gives me an interesting perspective of photography and photo habits. InfoTrends has been running a survey of digital camera users for more than a decade and through those surveys new trends have emerged and old habits have been shown to slowly go away. Before fielding the 2013 Digital Photography Survey, we thought it would be interesting to ask respondents about the first digital camera they ever owned. I thought that the younger respondents would say a “toy camera” like the Fisher Price camera I got for my kids back in the day and the older respondents would say some sort of lower-end point & shoot camera (for the record my first digital camera was an HP Photosmart R707 — YES HP was making cameras back then!). However, much to my surprise, although a point & shoot did top the list, camera phone and smartphone rounded out the top three cameras. Read more »

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