What’s Next After Connected Cameras

Ed Lee
 Jul 3, 2013

Digital camera vendors are finally adding Wi-Fi technology to still cameras in meaningful quantities, and InfoTrends believes that connectivity is finally here to stay. As a proof point, in the first half of 2013, one-third of new cameras announced offer Wi-Fi connectivity as a feature. This is an increase from less than 15% in 2012. More choices will lead to more sales of Wi-Fi enabled cameras. Read more »

Flickr’s Terabyte of Free Storage a Game-Changer

Ed Lee
 May 23, 2013

On May 20, Yahoo announced a major redesign of its Flickr photo sharing service. One of the new features is that the storage limit has been raised to one terabyte (TB) for all users, and it’s free! Read more »

The 4K Wave Rolls into the NAB Trade Show

Ed Lee
 Apr 25, 2013

NAB takes over the Las Vegas Convention Center

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show has been running for over 85 years and this year it was estimated that over 92,000 media and entertainment professionals from over 150 countries filled the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) from April 8 to 11.  

At this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, Ultra HD (4K) displays were the talk of the show. If 4K displays are to succeed, they will need 4K content and that is where the NAB trade show comes in.

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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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