Category: Consumer

Mobile Cases a Growth Area for Photo Merchandise Vendors

David Haueter
Aug 4, 2015

InfoTrends has been conducting consumer surveys on the photo merchandise market for several years, and added a section about photo-personalized mobile device cases for the first time in the 2015 survey. Mobile device cases represent a huge market opportunity purely based on the number of smartphones and tablets that are sold every year. They also have high retention rate potential, as most smartphones are upgraded nearly every two years or so with newer models which typically mean a new case will be needed as well. Cases that are personalized with photos also represent a big opportunity for photo merchandise vendors. The InfoTrends 2015 U.S. Photo Merchandise Survey reveals some buying habits of these products.

According to survey results, only 14% of respondents have purchased a mobile case with a personalized photo in the last year, which is well under the penetration rate of other photo merchandise products (for instance, over 24% said they bought photo books in the last year). Consumers have a wide selection of non-personalized mobile cases to choose from which can have specific features such as shock protection or extra battery power that photo-personalized cases usually don’t provide, but there is still great potential to sell photo cases to first-time buyers. Survey results show that personalized-photo cases are most popular among 18-34 year olds and those that have children in the household. No surprise there – the vast majority of photo cases I’ve seen with a photo used a shot of the owner’s children.

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InfoTrends’ Interchangeable Lens Camera Study Reveals Consumers’ Naming Preferences

Ed Lee
Jul 24, 2015

For several years, InfoTrends has used the term “Compact interchangeable lens camera (CILC)” to describe the relatively new class of smaller cameras with a removable lens that compete with Digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. Now, according to InfoTrends’ latest U.S. Interchangeable Lens Camera Market Study, it seems that consumers generally prefer the term “Digital interchangeable lens camera (DILC)” to describe these cameras.

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Point & Shoot Cameras Appealing to Future Buyers….Even the Younger Ones

Carrie Sylvester
Jul 9, 2015

It’s hard to not see an article these days – online or print – that talks about how the mobile camera is taking over as the everyday camera, some go as far to say that mobile phones are killing the traditional camera. The iPhone “Shot on iPhone” marketing campaigns are even promoting that their camera phone photos are good enough to turn into huge outdoor billboards, I’ve seen a few along the Boston city highways recently. But it’s not all doom and gloom for the future for traditional cameras just because everyone is using a camera phone doesn’t mean they have forgotten all about the camera. Read more »

Encouraging Signs in Mobile Photo Printing

David Haueter
Jul 2, 2015

It’s become clear over the last couple of years that the future success or failure of the photo output market relies heavily on how much consumers decide to print from their mobile devices. Smartphones have become the primary camera for most consumers and there’s no sign of that changing as the photography capabilities of these devices evolve and get better with each new generation. The potential for these devices to generate photo print orders is huge with the sheer numbers of them that will be used for photography and the growing number of photos people are taking from their smartphones, but that doesn’t mean people will print from them.

InfoTrends recently completed our 2015 U.S. Mobile Imaging Study, which gives some insight into what consumers are doing now and planning to do when it comes to ordering photo prints from their mobile phones. We asked a series of questions on respondent’s behavior when ordering prints from mobile phones, including the question “Have you ever printed your mobile phone photos directly from your mobile phone?” The results show that 27% have “tried it and will do it again,” while 7% said they “have tried it and won’t do it again.” Another 27% simply have no interest, but it’s encouraging for the print market that 23% of respondents said they “plan to but haven’t tried it yet,” while another 16% said they “didn’t realize they could print mobile phone photos, but would like to.”

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Russia’s weak economy speaks disaster

Deborah Hawkins
Jun 24, 2015

InfoTrends latest analysis shows the market for SF & MF Printers in Russia contracted 8.5% in 2014 versus the year prior. That equates to more than 330k placements. The highest decline was in office laser placements (-9% yoy) suggesting that the weak economy is hindering investment for the majority of companies. Added to that is the continued depreciation of the Ruble which financial analysts suggest fell more than 90% against the USD in the Calendar year 2014. Blamed as the reason why businesses are not investing, it is now also a reason not to invest. The fall-out of the Ruble is mostly attributed to the conflict in Ukraine and the resulting Western Sanctions as well as the low oil price. Read more »

Funai Japan Launches New Inkjet Printer with up to 50% Savings on Ink

Barbara Richards
Jun 19, 2015

Funai Electric, the worldwide licensee for Kodak Consumer and SOHO Inkjet Printers, announced earlier this week it is launching its first Kodak-branded product this month. Funai has a long history of manufacturing inkjet and laser printers for a number of brands around the world. They have built more than 130 million inkjet printers over the last 16 years. According to Kiyoshi Chinzei, Funai Electric’s General Manager, Office Solutions, the KODAK Verité 55 is the first in a line of new and innovative printing products from the company.

Kodak Verité 55 All-in-One Inkjet Printer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Features

According to Funai, the new inkjet printer provides end-users with up to 50% savings on their printing costs with standard large capacity (XL) color and black cartridges that doubles the print yield. The XL cartridges will print 360 color pages and 400 black pages.  Funai is offering $50 worth of large capacity ink cartridges included in the box compared to standard size ink cartridges from other leading manufacturer’s printers priced below $100.

Kodak Verite XL Ink Cartridges


 

 

 

 

 

The printer has built-in wireless connectivity for printing, scanning and copying.  Users can scan or print from a smartphone or tablet in a single swipe using Flick Print with the Kodak Verite Printer App, available

for Apple and Android devices.  It also features wireless direct and local Wi-Fi connectivity to enable wireless printing from mobile devises through Kodak’s Verite Printer App with support for Apple AirPrint and Google CloudPrint.  The new printer has a recommended duty cycle of 1,000 pages and print up to 10ppm in monochrome and 4.2ppm in color with a draft print speed of 20ppm and 15ppm respectively.  Scanning to multiple file formats is available from Windows, MAC and Mobile Apps.  According to Funai, the printers, will be available in North America initially through Wal-Mart stores then Tesco in the U.K. later this year.  The Kodak Verite 55 All-in-One Inkjet Printer has a suggested retail price of $79.47.

 

 

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Augmented World Expo from the Comfort of My Home Office

Alan Bullock and Ed Lee
Jun 12, 2015

The Augmented World Expo (AWE) was held June 8-10, in Santa Clara, California. The show organizer, AugmentedReality.org, expected more than 3,000 attendees, with just over 100 exhibitors and a series of presentations and discussions featuring more than 200 speakers and panelists.

Cameras, imaging, and display technologies are important components of many Augmented Reality (AR) applications, and we are following the AR market as part of InfoTrends’ new Imaging Innovators Service.

We were unable to make it to AWE 2015 in person, but my colleague, Ed Lee, and I were invited to teleport to the event, using a robot-like video device called a BEAM*. Read more »

Quest Toward Mobile Print Simplification Continues

Christine Dunne
May 28, 2015

Recently, an acquaintance had a near-meltdown when she couldn’t figure out how to print from her Windows tablet to her Dell printer. On Facebook, she implored friends to help her figure out what she was doing wrong—indicating she needed printouts for work, pronto.

She isn’t alone. Take a look at the user review section of any mobile print app, and you will encounter plenty of comments around printing issues (e.g., app doesn’t work, formatting is incorrect, printer isn’t supported). Indeed, recent InfoTrends research indicated that the top perceived barriers to mobile printing center around technical and compatibility issues.

Assuming you needed to print something from your smartphone or tablet for personal reasons, which would be the largest barriers to doing so?

Source: Mobile Devices and the Impact on Print: Looking for the Opportunities in the U.S., China, Mexico and Brazil
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New Standard Aims to Simplify 3D Printing Process

Christine Dunne and Ron Gilboa
May 4, 2015

Last week, it was announced that seven leading companies in the global 3D printing sector have launched a new consortium—the 3MF Consortium—focused on interoperability, functionality, and standards within the 3D printing industry.

The 3MF Consortium’s Logo

As a first step, the consortium is releasing a new specification—the 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) specification—that enables design applications to send “full-fidelity” 3D models to other applications, platforms, services, and printers. The first version of the specification is free, and available for download on the consortium’s website.

According to the press release announcing the news, current 3D design file formats—such as STL files—often have limitations around accuracy, ease of use, and functionality. They aren’t necessarily capable of fully describing models and all their characteristics. Read more »

Organizing a Lifetime of Photos

Ed Lee
Apr 30, 2015

Recently, a review called The Best Way to Organize a Lifetime of Photos
appeared in the Wall Street Journal. The author, Geoffrey Fowler, compared five offerings: Apple Photos, Shoebox, Lyve, Mylio, and Adobe Lightroom. In the article, he gives his impressions of each service and their pluses and minuses. Ultimately, the author decides that Lightroom is best for him.

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