Category: Consumer

2016 Camera Wrap-Up

Carrie Sylvester
Dec 6, 2016

IlovecamerasFor the last several 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.

57 models were introduced between January and December of 2016. Although 57 models is a respectable number, it is a marked drop compared to the 72 models introduced in 2015 and significantly fewer than 2014 when 98 models hit the U.S. market. (Source: InfoTrends U.S. Camera Model Tracker**). Although there were fewer models released this year, there is no shortage of cameras for those looking to buy or upgrade.

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

LeEco Introduces Le Pro3 & Le S3 Smartphones to America

Carrie Sylvester
Nov 30, 2016

LeEcoLeEco is already established in China, but is bringing its products to North America for the first time, with what it hopes to be market disruptive pricing. In November, a pair of new smartphones (Ecophones) were introduced by LeEco, the Le Pro3 and Le S3.  Read more »

PlayStation VR set to Potentially Change Console Gaming

Colin McMahon
Sep 30, 2016

On October 13th, Sony will release the PlayStation VR (PSVR) virtual reality (VR) headset for the PlayStation 4 (PS4). This event will mark the first time that a major video game console company has released an official VR headset for its console system. PSVR will be the first of its kind, and its success could potentially alter the nature of the video game industry.

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Amazon Enters Photo Print Market

David Haueter
Sep 29, 2016

There haven’t been that many significant entries into the photo print market over the last several years, so it was especially notable when Amazon announced its AmazonPrints service on September 21st, which is available to Amazon Prime and Amazon Drive customers. The service is now offering photo prints in 4” x 6” ($0.09), 5” x 7” ($0.58) and 8” x 10” ($1.79) sizes, as well as two different types of photo books. AmazonPrints 8” x 11” hardcover photo book with glossy pages starts at $19.99, and an 8” x 11” premium layflat hardcover book with matte paper starts at $44.99. According to the AmazonPrints website, stationery and calendars are coming soon.

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Generations Matter

Ed Lee
Sep 16, 2016

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Excerpt from Digital Imaging Reporter’s State of the Industry 2016

Today’s imaging environment is no longer “one size fits all.” Marketing messages, products and services need to be developed with specific audiences in mind. Two recent InfoTrends studies, which focus on interchangeable-lens cameras and millennials, reveal that generational differences have a significant influence on photographic behaviors. Read more »

StarVR, IMAX, and the Future of Cinema

Colin McMahon
Sep 12, 2016
The cinema industry has been experiencing problems for years, ever since the advent of HD TV technology in the home. This past summer saw a largely disappointing blockbuster season (helped largely through the Chinese movie-going market, rather than national gross). With 3D being increasingly seen as a fad and not the next step forward, movie companies are again looking to the future. IMAX looks to have chosen Starbreeze, Acer, and the StarVR as its future.
Original StarVR headset concept design.

Original StarVR headset concept design.

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Mirrorless Cameras Slow to Catch On, Especially With Pros

David Haueter
Sep 2, 2016

Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) have a lot going for them. They’re generally more compact and lighter than their DSLR counterparts, and have resolution and photo quality specs to match the best DSLRs. MILCs are expected to grow in popularity; they’re the only type of camera for which InfoTrends is predicting sales growth from 2015 to 2016. Even so, the DSLR will still be the interchangeable lens camera of choice, especially with professional photographers.

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Oculus Touch and Boundary System Coming

Colin McMahon
Aug 29, 2016

Oculus Rift, the most well-known virtual reality (VR) hardware and software developer in the emerging VR industry, has unveiled plans for a boundary software system for its hardware. This joins the company’s previous announcement to release its own motion controller with haptic feedback, the Oculus Touch. Both enhancements are intended to strengthen the Rift, allowing it to better match its competitor – the HTC Vive.

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Intel Teases VR Market with Project Alloy Headset

Colin McMahon
Aug 19, 2016
To date, the virtual reality (VR) headset market has been developing along two paths: wired devices that need a computer to run, and wireless devices that run off a smartphone. Intel, however, is looking to enter the market in a bold new way. Its proposed Project Alloy, unveiled August 16th, is a complete wireless VR platform. For the first time, users will be able to enter VR wherever they are, without the aid of further technology.

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The Phenomenon that is Pokémon Go

Colin McMahon
Jul 22, 2016

Pokémon Go, an augmented reality (AR) app for Android and iOS, launched in the U.S. and Australia on July 6, 2016 – less than one month ago. Since then, the app has exploded in popularity with gamers and the media. In its short lifespan, it has made multiple headlines and is engaging a larger active user base than some of the most popular social apps like Tinder, Twitter, and even Facebook. Spontaneous social gatherings – some with thousands of people – have been happening around the world. Pokémon Go is taking the world by storm, and it is not even available in every major country yet (Chinese release date is still TBA).

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