Canon EOS SL1 camera bolsters the argument of a converging DILC market

Ed Lee
 Mar 29, 2013

The new Canon EOS SL1 camera is a welcome addition to the DSLR market. Its small size and light weight help it to stand apart from other DSLRs in the market and put it in a very competitive position again compact interchangeable lens cameras (CILCs).

Touted as the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR that uses an APS-C size sensor, the EOS SL1 hits back at the argument that DSLRs are too big, bulky, and heavy. Now, photographers who want a lighter, smaller camera body that is compatible with Canon’s full line of existing EF lenses have a clear choice. (While the Canon EOS M compact interchangeable lens camera is smaller and lighter, it requires a lens adapter in order to use the EF lenses.)

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Shifting Consumer Behaviors Requires Changes in Marketing Strategies

Ed Lee
 Mar 5, 2013

With the rise in smartphone sales and the decline in compact P&S camera sales, the imaging industry has become a battleground between digital cameras and smartphones. InfoTrends recent digital camera and mobile imaging consumer research addresses key questions around changes that are taking place in consumer behaviors.

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“Change is coming.”

Ed Lee
 Dec 12, 2012

A major theme for 2013 is “Change is coming.” This was discussed at InfoTrends’ Digital Imaging Conference in Tokyo Japan on December 5th. The challenge posed to conference attendees and the imaging industry was “Are you prepared?”

A new era in imaging is emerging. As a result, InfoTrends expects that there will be tremendous changes in the coming years in how consumers interact with and use their photos and videos. These changes will affect all aspects of the market, including products, consumer behaviors, services, and the vendors.

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4K is now Ultra HD

Ed Lee
 Oct 19, 2012

Naming a new product category is always a challenge. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) appears to have its act together when it comes to high-definition televisions, unlike the digital camera industry, which has failed to standardize on a name for Compact Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Read The Difficulties of Choosing a Name blog from earlier this year)  which has hindered the development of the segment, in our opinion.

As of October 18th, the “4K” term will now be known as “Ultra-High Definition.” According to the new rules from CEA the minimum requirement for a television or projector to earn the “Ultra HD” designation is having a resolution of at least 8 million active pixels (3,840 x 2,160 minimum). Displays must also have an aspect ratio of at least 16 x 9 and a digital input capable of carrying native 4K video. Don’t get too excited about Ultra HD televisions just yet. Initial 84-inch offerings from LG Electronics and Sony will cost about $20,000 and $25,000, respectively. Read more »

Connectivity and Intelligence Are the Keys to the Future

Ed Lee
 Sep 12, 2012

Excerpt from Photo Industry Reporter’s State of the Industry 2012

The imaging industry has entered the Connected Era where consumer behavior and expectations are primarily driven by smart devices and online services. Consumer spending is being diverted from traditional digital cameras and photo prints to smartphones, tablets, apps, and social media. To stay relevant, traditional camera companies and photo print service providers need to align themselves with the forces of mobility, social media, apps, and cloud services.

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100,000 Photos and Counting

Ed Lee
 Aug 30, 2012

Japanese Tea Garden San Francisco (August 1999, Kodak DC210 Zoom camera, 0.3 MP)

Earlier this summer I captured my 100,000th digital photograph. In 1999 when I saved my first digital photo I would never had thought that over the next 13 years I would amass such a large collection of photos. Back in 1999, that number would have been almost unimaginable. To get to 100,000 film images would have required shooting about 2,800 – 4,200 rolls of 36 or 24 exposure film. At a cost of around $15 per roll for film and processing I would have spent $42,000 – $60,000 to accomplish this. These numbers are staggering.

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Canon enters the CILC market with the EOS M camera

Ed Lee
 Jul 23, 2012

In September 2011, DSLR powerhouse Nikon entered the compact interchangeable lens camera (CILC) market with its 1 Series lineup. The question at that time was, “When would Canon respond?” Well, the other shoe has finally dropped, and Canon has announced its much-anticipated EOS M camera.

Canon EOS M interchangeable lens camera

The camera is small and compact, lightweight, and incorporates a new EOS M lens mount. Other features include an 18 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor, a 3-inch LCD touch screen, and high ISO sensitivity in both still and video modes (25600 and 12800,  respectively). Alas, there is no built-in electronic viewfinder or flash ($149 option). A 22 mm f/2 lens ships with the camera and an 18 – 55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is a $299 option. Current Canon DSLR owners will be happy to know that a $199 mount adapter will allow the full line of Canon’s EF and EF-S lens to be used with the new camera. The camera will ship in October at a price of $799.

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InfoTrends Analyses the Camera Market

Ed Lee
 Jun 21, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Paul Worthington of 6Sight about a number of subjects in the digital imaging market, including the topics of DSLRs versus compact interchangeable lens cameras (CILCs) and smartphones versus digital cameras. Our conversation is featured in the current issue of 6Sight Magazine.

The following is an excerpt from our conversation:

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee shows smartphones catching up to digital cameras

Ed Lee
 Jun 7, 2012

After the 2011 Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton we proclaimed that the compact digital camera was the most popular picture taking device in our unscientific review of a gigapixel photo of the wedding procession. This year, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, held from June 2-5, gave us an opportunity to revisit the conflict between digital cameras and smartphones. Once again we reviewed a gigapixel image from the event to visually determine what types of cameras people used to photograph this event. VR Web Design produced the gigapixel image of the Queen’s visit to Leicester De Montfort University. (Click on the Link to view the actual photo.)

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Nikon DSLRs – Back to Normal

Ed Lee
 May 18, 2012

In October 2011, Nikon’s DSLR camera factory in Thailand was devastated by flood waters, which caused the complete shutdown of its entry-level and mid-range DSLR production lines right before the critical holiday season.

In its year-end Fiscal results, Nikon highlighted the events and its recovery timeline.

  • October 6, 2011: Operations suspended at Nikon Thailand Corporation (NTC) due to the fact that the factory was submerged under 2 meters of flood waters. The flood came at a critical time of the year, when all camera manufacturers were gearing up for the all-important holiday season and beginning production ramp up of soon-to-be announced cameras.
  • November 30, 2011: Nikon restarted partial deliveries of DSLR cameras and interchangeable lenses thanks to alternative production by Thai partner factories.
  • January 3, 2012: Partial operations resumed at NTC, as Nikon had forecasted would happen back in November.
  • January to March 2012: NTC ramped up its camera production, adding to finished goods produced by partner factories.
  • By the end of March, the combined production capacity of NTC and partner factories had reached normal production levels.

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