The FAA drones on; pro photographers should listen

Ed Lee
 Mar 12, 2015

Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), also known as drones, have caught the attention of consumers, commercial operators, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Drones are widely available for purchase, relatively easy to fly, and cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Initially, drones were ‘blind’ and did not offer much utility, except the entertainment value from flying them around. Recently, they have become more specialized in their purposes and uses. The addition of cameras, especially ones that provide live viewing, has opened a new world of opportunities for drones. Suddenly, drones have become cameras with wings.

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Best Buy Gets Back Into the Camera Game

Ed Lee
 Jan 30, 2015

During the golden days of digital camera sales, Best Buy was a dominant retailer. It offered consumers a wide selection of compact cameras at good prices. However, with compact camera sales waning, Best Buy has seen its influence on the market diminish, as consumers and vendors focus on more profitable digital interchangeable lens camera sales (DILCs). While Best Buy has sold DILCs, the selection was limited, merchandising was lacking, lens selection was limited and locked away behind glass, and in-store personnel were not trained to answer probing technical questions.

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Will Phoneless Cameras be the Next Big Thing?

Ed Lee
 Nov 21, 2014

Woot! is known for its quirky and often humorous descriptions of the overstocked items that it sells. From time to time, they cause me to smile, chuckle out loud, and even buy something. The following screen capture is a recent example of its humorous approach to selling digital cameras.  Read more »

Ideas in Action at TEDxBeaconStreet

Ed Lee
 Nov 20, 2014

The 2014 TEDxBeaconStreet conference took place on November 15 and 16 in Brookline, MA. Like other TED conferences, the talks centered on the themes of Technology, Education, and Design (TED).

Tthe event included 67 speakers, over 2,500 attendees, 3 venues, 3 viewing villages, and 20 event partners. The talks were recorded and will be available shortly at the TEDxBeaconStreet website. The organizers are hoping to achieve a target of 25 million views over the next year. So, check out some of the talks when you have a few moments.

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Tablets Top the List for Holiday Gifts, Says CEA

Ed Lee
 Oct 3, 2014

According to the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) 21st Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study, the average amount spent on CE gifts by U.S. adults this year will be $286, an increase of 15% from last year. The tech products that consumers most want to receive as gifts this holiday season are tablets (13%), notebook/laptop computers (11%), TVs (8%), smartphones (7%), and video game consoles (7%). At the bottom of the wish list are digital cameras, e-readers, Blu-ray players, and MP3 players (at 2% each), and desktop PCs (1%).

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Focus on the Hobbyists and Pro Photographers

Ed Lee
 Sep 25, 2014

Excerpt from Digital Imaging Reporter’s State of the Industry 2014

For the camera market, 2014 will be a tough year, with a continued decline in worldwide sales; 2015 could be better if manufacturers and retailers adjust their mind-sets, strategies and product roadmaps to remain competitive.

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Pictures Complete the Story

Ed Lee
 Aug 28, 2014

Choosing places to stay and eat can be challenging when travelling to new cities and countries. Over the last few years, I have turned to the service TripAdvisor and have found it to be tremendously helpful. I find much of what I read from reviewers to be very valuable and in some cases, insightful. As my way of paying it forward to others, I regularly write reviews of the hotels, restaurants, attractions, and places I have been to.

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Views from the 2014 Wearable Tech Expo

Ed Lee
 Aug 11, 2014

The 2014 Wearable Tech Expo was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City at the end of July. The conference was focused on the emerging wearable device market and offered a wide range of speakers from device manufacturers and component suppliers to service providers and fashionistas. It drew hundreds of attendees, intent on learning more about what was happening in this market.

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

Ed Lee
 Jun 6, 2014

With the digital camera market struggling this year, it could be very easy for camera vendors to pull back their marketing and sales efforts and try to weather out the storm by controlling their costs. However, this would be the worst thing that they could do. “Out of sight, out of mind,” as the saying goes. A better approach to the situation should be, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Canon and Samsung are showing that they are not going to roll over and let the market dictate to them what the outcome for the year will be. InfoTrends estimates that, on average, there will be over one million cameras sold a month this year. Although this number has been much higher in recent history, it is still an impressive quantity of product being sold. Some company is going to sell these cameras and it appears that Canon and Samsung are saying, “Why not us?”

The Reality of 4K

Ed Lee
 Apr 22, 2014

Once again, the major theme of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show was 4K — from capture to workflow to transmit and display. With each passing year, 4K gets a little closer to becoming reality.

I was asked many times at the show “Is 4K for real?” and “Will it become mainstream?”

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