Category: Consumer

Lines Blur As Cameras Get Smaller

Alan Bullock
Apr 21, 2015

It’s an interesting time for the photo industry. Cameras continue to get better, faster, less expensive, and, perhaps most significantly, smaller. These devices are taking pictures of everything from scenery to sports, capturing life’s moments from new points of view, from vantage points that were very difficult just a few years ago. Read more »

The Inkjet Revival

Deborah Hawkins
Apr 20, 2015

Placements of inkjet printing devices for consumer and office use were positive in Western Europe in 2014. After years of downward spiraling, the 3.5% YOY growth in 2014 to 14.6 million devices provide a welcome break for the industry players. At a country level, the highest placements increase by country was in the Netherlands with 21% YOY increase. The UK, traditionally a strong country for inkjet technology, also experienced strong growth of 11.6% YOY likely linked to a stable economic situation. In addition, there have been significant developments in inkjet technology, particularly around page-wide technology in recent years that have aided this upward turn. Read more »

[Camera phone] Memories….like the corners of my mind…

Carrie Sylvester
Apr 2, 2015

Yesterday was first day of April, April Fool’s Day on the calendar, I was reminded that it is also my twelfth year with InfoTrends. In 12 years watching the photography and mobile imaging markets has turned me into a mobile imaging enthusiast. To celebrate my 12 year journey I decided to take a walk down my camera phone memory lane.

B.C. (Before camera phone)

In 2003, people had not even thought of a camera phone. Many people had already had their first car phone by the early 2000s most of those would hardly be categorized as “mobile” Read more »

Google Entering the Bill Delivery & Payment Market?

Matt Swain
Mar 30, 2015

Last week, Re/code published an article which reported that Google is working on a project called Pony Express to help customers receive and pay their bills within their Gmail accounts. Google declined to comment.

In our 2011 study entitled The Emergence of Digital Mailbox Services, we explored the possibility of a leading consumer technology service vendor entering—and disrupting—this market. Here’s an excerpt from that study: Read more »

WPPI Show Going Strong

David Haueter
Mar 20, 2015

It seems like every day, we see a new story or statistics about the smartphone decimating the camera market or pro photographers getting laid off from publications or news organizations. So, as a photographer it’s very encouraging to attend a show like WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) and be around vendors and other attendees who are excited about the future of the photo market. WPPI is targeted at wedding and portrait photographers, of course, but also draws photographers that specialize in many other areas, such as fine art, advertising/commercial, and nature & wildlife photography.

WPPI is held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

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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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Mobile World Congress 2015 – Photography Featured Prominently in New Smartphones

Carrie Sylvester
Mar 6, 2015

The 2015 Mobile World Congress was held the first week of March in Barcelona Spain. The show is hosted by The Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) which is an association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to supporting the standardization, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system. During this trade event there were many new products, services, and accessories introduced with a mobile play (phones, tablets, etc.) and included in those introductions were many new smartphone products. This blog focusses on the smartphones that featured photography prominently.

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The Next Step in Intelligent Imaging is About a Foot

Alan Bullock
Mar 5, 2015

InfoTrends estimates that consumers worldwide will take about one trillion photos in 2015 – and that doesn’t even include the ones that are deleted right away. As a result, users of smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, action cameras, lifelogging cameras, and other picture-taking devices are accumulating massive collections of photos and videos. Keeping them organized so that memories of a person, place, or event can be easily located when desired is a daunting task. Read more »

To protect your most important photos, you need to print them

David Haueter
Feb 27, 2015

It’s a simple fact that many people have no plan in place for protecting their digital photos. Despite all the good things that digital technology has brought us, it hasn’t really made preserving photos any easier. Things were much simpler back in the film days – you dropped off a roll of film at your local retailer and you got back a print of everything on the film roll, often in duplicate. The best photos would usually be placed into a photo album while the others usually ended up in a shoebox under the bed or in a closet. One of my favorite things to do when I was growing up was to pull my Grandmother’s photo albums off her shelf and look at pictures that went back decades of her and my Grandfather as much younger people and of my Dad as a kid.

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Office Supplies and the Death of Traditional Competition

Michael Whalen
Feb 9, 2015

 

America’s two largest U.S. office supply chains are once again challenging the views of antitrust regulators – and this time, if they succeed, it could spell the demise of traditional competition in that business sector. Read more »

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