Category: Consumer

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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Mobile printing hot topic in September

Christine Dunne
Oct 1, 2014

In September, several vendors made announcements related to mobile printing, or with implications for printing from mobile devices.

Epson America announced that its latest inkjet devices are its first Mopria-certified printers. The company also launched the Epson Connect Solutions Finder to “help mobile users make sense of the numerous mobile printing solutions and apps currently available.”

Screenshot from Epson Connect Solutions Finder webpage

Samsung has acquired mobile cloud printing solution provider PrinterOn. According to Samsung, the purchase is expected to reinforce Samsung’s expansive mobile ecosystem—especially for the company’s B2B customers. PrinterOn then announced a new version of its enterprise software with several additions, including wide area network iOS printing, IPP print server and Oracle compatibility, as well as support for Fuji Xerox MFP-based reporting when using Equitrac. Read more »

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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Mobile Devices Growing in Popularity as Photo Merchandise Creating & Ordering Tools

David Haueter
Sep 4, 2014

Smartphones have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, filling the role of not only a phone, but also a music player, GPS, calculator, calendar, flashlight, voice recorder, clock, camera, and many other functions depending on what apps are installed on it. The camera is one of the most popular functions used on the smartphone and many consumers now use a smartphone as their primary camera. In the InfoTrends 2014 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Survey, over 46% of respondents said the smartphone was the type of digital camera used most often, which was more popular than digital point & shoot cameras at just under 33%.

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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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Cameras Get Connected – So What?

Alan Bullock
Aug 22, 2014


Since 2005, InfoTrends has advocated for connected cameras. In the early days of smartphones, it was their built-in connectivity and the instant sharing that it enabled that helped to nibble away at low-end digital camera sales. Despite obstacles like mediocre image quality and expensive data plans, a large number of consumers chose the convenience of mobile photography over the superior image quality of even the simplest standalone cameras. Today (finally), more than half of the new cameras introduced by major manufacturers feature built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, but is it enough to make a difference? Read more »

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.

Here are some of the key things we took away from the conference:  Read more »

Consumers’ preferred camera for various situations. Hint: It’s not a tablet.

Alan Bullock
Jul 21, 2014

It should come as a surprise to no one that a majority of consumers now use a smartphone as their primary digital camera. For some, their smartphone might be the only camera they own – or perhaps even the only camera they have ever owned (see recent InfoBlog here). Read more »

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 »

Charlie Corr in Memoriam

Jim Hamilton
Jul 10, 2014

It is our sad duty to report that Charlie Corr has died after a long illness. The industry has lost one of its greatest intellects. He will be sorely missed.

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