Category: Consumer

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?”

Sony Pushes Boundaries of Low Light Capability

Mette Eriksen
Apr 15, 2014

On April 6th Sony announced the Alpha 7s, a 12 megapixel full-frame compact interchangeable lens camera. It was announced at a press conference at the beginning of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas and was one of the products that captured the attention of visitors to the Sony booth.

Shigeki Ishizuka, President of Sony’s Digital Imaging Group introduces the Alpha 7s at NAB

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Cloud Storage Getting Serious About Photos?

Alan Bullock
Apr 14, 2014

In InfoTrends’ 2013 U.S. Cloud Services End-User Survey, more cloud service users said that they were storing photos than any other type of file, outpacing both music and video by about a 3-to-2 margin. Cloud services provide safe, secure, long-term storage, which is ideal for preserving the precious memories that many digital photos represent. But storage is a commodity – a rather boring commodity, at that, and therein lies the opportunity. Read more »

Zumbox to Shutter its Operations

Matt Swain
Apr 7, 2014

As of next Monday, April 14th, Zumbox will be shuttering its operations. Here is the email that many of its users received today:

Dear Digital Postal Mail Account Holder,

We are sad to announce today that after more than five years of working to revolutionize the way mail is delivered, we have made the very difficult decision to shut down the company. Read more »

Microsoft Hopes that a ‘Royalty Free OS’ Will Bring More Windows Mobile Devices to Market

Carrie Sylvester

Microsoft held Build 2014, its annual development conference in San Francisco, CA the first week of April 2014. The company made several announcements during the 2-day conference but one of the biggest was that it will be offering a royalty-free Windows Phone licensing (Yes, that’s $0) program for partners developing smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than nine inches.

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Electronic cards and books having an impact on print, but it doesn’t need to be that way

David Haueter
Mar 20, 2014

With the rise of smartphones and tablets as well as the popularity of sites like Facebook and Tumblr, we’re becoming more and more a world where our photos are shared electronically. We’ve been seeing for years the impact this has had on the traditional photo print market, but the trend toward electronic viewing may be extending into the market for photo products like cards and books as well.

In our 2013 U.S. Photo Merchandise Survey, 23% of respondents said they had created electronic photo cards (e-cards) in the last year and 17% said they had created electronic photo books (e-books).  Not surprisingly, the percentage of e-card and e-book buyers was highest among the 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 year old age groups, as well as those that said they were “advanced hobbyist” photographers (for example, 39% of advanced hobbyists said they had created e-cards in last year, compared to just 22% of snapshot photographers).

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What Can Save P&S Cameras?

Mette Eriksen
Mar 13, 2014

The digital camera market is in decline. Vendors are cutting back on their product range. Olympus and Fujifilm have announced that they will exit low end compact cameras. Even Canon has hinted following rumours that they will consider what to do with cameras that are priced under ¥20,000. Nikon seems to be the vendor that is planning to stay in for the long run, capturing low hanging sales as competitors exit.

InfoTrends’ forecast shows the trend clearly over the last 10 years. 2014 is shaping up to show continued steep decline. Changes in technology, the emergence of competing devices and perhaps a tendency for camera vendors to believe that the exceptional image quality found in cameras will protect them from competition can all be used to explain the shape of the curve below. Read more »

Mobile World Congress – An Imaging Perspective

Ed Lee and Mette Eriksen
Mar 6, 2014

Players in the mobile market congregated in Barcelona, Spain from February 24-27 for the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show and conference. The 2014 event was bigger than previous years and preliminary numbers from the GSMA Association suggest that around 85,000 visitors attended the show.

While Mobile World Congress is not an imaging specific show, it is arguably the place where the future of imaging is being shaped. As consumers migrate from digital cameras to smartphones for every day photos, vendors in the smartphone market are beginning to have a significant influence on photo habits and feature expectations.

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Streaming Personal Content to TV is Getting Easier

Alan Bullock

When Google introduced its Chromecast streaming media player in the summer of 2013, it was unique in its simplicity: no user interface and no built-in apps. Read more »

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mr. Hamilton

Jim Hamilton
Feb 13, 2014

While it’s nice to see my name written in rose petals (or in clouds or candies or footprints in the sand), by itself this form of personalization, though eye-catching, is not enough. Using variable data requires more than just a person’s name.

With a very small amount of information (for example, name, address, and account status) it is possible to create a much more effective document. Read more »

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