Smartphones are convenient and connected. Where does that leave digital cameras?

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 Jul 31, 2012

The digital camera market in EMEA peaked back in 2007 and the market is now in decline. This is caused by high household penetration of digital cameras combined with a slowing economy. The smartphone market on the other hand is seeing spectacular growth which is showing no signs of slowing. This is driven by an increase in the number of smartphone models that are available, less expensive data plans and frequent replacements driven by data plans which typically last no more than 24 months.

At the same time InfoTrends research is showing that smartphones are rapidly moving up on the list of cameras that are used most often. Read more »

Defining Different Types of Inkjet Printing: Industrial, Functional, Decorative, 3D!

Jim Hamilton
 Jul 30, 2012

The expanded use of inkjet heads for document printing in production environments is just one application of the technology. At drupa, in addition to a dedicated focus on document printing, there were also examples of functional and 3D printing. Heidelberg showed a technology demonstration of a printed touch screen, Ricoh displayed Objet 3D printers, and there were quite a few other examples.

A “Tree” Made of Printed Solar Cells (University of Chemnitz demonstration in the Windmöller & Hölscher booth at drupa 2012)

A “Tree” with Leaves Made of Printed Solar Cells (drupa 2012)

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Megapixel Smartphones Pose a Threat to the Traditional Digital Camera Market

Eve Padula
 Jul 24, 2012

For as long as mobile phones have included embedded cameras, digital camera vendors have been wondering when–or even if–these handsets would begin to impact traditional digital still camera usage. Until recently, camera phones largely had a complementary effect on digital cameras. Mobile handsets were great for spontaneous photo capture because they were typically carried at all times, but the resulting images were generally low-quality. Meanwhile, digital cameras offered features that were far superior to those of camera phones, including high resolution, optical zoom, and quick shutter speeds. Traditional digital cameras were therefore the go-to devices for milestone events, special occasions, and vacations.

According to InfoTrends’ ongoing research on the mobile imaging market, smartphone adoption is currently exploding. Although less than 4% of respondents to our 2008 mobile imaging end-user survey were smartphone owners, this share had jumped to nearly 46% by 2012.

Figure 1: Share of Smartphone Users, 2008-2012

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Canon enters the CILC market with the EOS M camera

Ed Lee
 Jul 23, 2012

In September 2011, DSLR powerhouse Nikon entered the compact interchangeable lens camera (CILC) market with its 1 Series lineup. The question at that time was, “When would Canon respond?” Well, the other shoe has finally dropped, and Canon has announced its much-anticipated EOS M camera.

Canon EOS M interchangeable lens camera

The camera is small and compact, lightweight, and incorporates a new EOS M lens mount. Other features include an 18 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor, a 3-inch LCD touch screen, and high ISO sensitivity in both still and video modes (25600 and 12800,  respectively). Alas, there is no built-in electronic viewfinder or flash ($149 option). A 22 mm f/2 lens ships with the camera and an 18 — 55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is a $299 option. Current Canon DSLR owners will be happy to know that a $199 mount adapter will allow the full line of Canon’s EF and EF-S lens to be used with the new camera. The camera will ship in October at a price of $799.

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Color drives the production printing market

Ralf Schlozer
 
Every year InfoTrends updates its five-year print on demand (POD) forecast, with the latest edition now covering the years from 2011 to 2016. The forecast looks at placements, print volumes and revenues achieved in digital production printing. It is becoming obvious that digital printing is not a niche process anymore. The retail value of digital printing (excluding office, home and large format printing) in the U.S. and Western Europe was $63 billion in 2011 when considering all production printing environments from copy shop and small in-plant to large commercial printers and data center service bureaus. InfoTrends expects revenues to grow by about 4% annually.
What is noticeable in the current forecast is that the growth rate for color impressions in production copying and digital printing has accelerated compared to the previous forecasts. In fact, the growth rate is expected to increase to 18.5% CAGR compared to almost 15% in the last forecast for the United States. Continuous-feed inkjet color and, to some extent, the expected new B2 devices are responsible for this growth. Since there is an increased color share in this forecast, color impressions will have a more pronounced influence on the total POD volume and associated revenues. The color share of all U.S. impressions is expected to grow from 23% in 2011 to 48% in 2016. The decline rate of black and white impressions, however, remains almost unchanged. Western Europe will show an even stronger shift towards color, with an average annual growth of 20.4% for impressions made on color devices- opposed to a decline in impressions on black & white devices of over 7% per year. The European market is already more inclined towards color print and by 2015 more digital impressions in Western Europe will be done on color devices than on black & white devices. This is quite a shift for a market in which black & white accounted for 80% of impressions only five years ago.

Connectivity Will Drive Digital Camera Use

Alan Bullock
 Jul 20, 2012

Kodak launched the EasyShare One Wi-Fi digital camera in 2005. Since then, most manufacturers have dipped an occasional toe in the connectivity water, with random introductions of models in which Wi-Fi seemed like an afterthought in an otherwise rather ordinary camera. Their best cameras were left to rely on third-party solutions such as Eye-Fi for connectivity.

Recently, wireless connectivity has found its way into more cameras from more vendors. Read more »

Xerox reports Q2 earnings, sees continued decline in technology revenue

Christine Dunne Dunne
 

This morning Xerox reported its Q2 financials; similar to Q1, the company saw growth in services revenue and a decline in technology revenue (printers, MFPs, scanners, software, supplies, etc.). Xerox also experienced a decline in “other” revenue, which includes paper sales, wide-format systems, and electronic presentation systems.

Xerox’s Q2 Revenue, Overall and by Business Segment

Q2 2011

Q2 2012

% change

Overall revenue $5.61 billion $5.54 billion

-1.3%

Services revenue

$2.67 billion

$2.81 billion

5.0%
Technology revenue

$2.55 billion

$2.37 billion

-7.1%

Other revenue

$390 million

$365 million

-6.4%

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The Nokia PureView 808 – Welcome Super Pixels!

Carrie Sylvester
 Jul 18, 2012

Nokia PureView 808

Nokia set the mobile photography world all aflutter with talk of its PureView 808 smartphone, which was introduced at the Mobile World Congress in February 2012. The PureView 808 leapt over the competition, which tops out at 8-12 MP on the high-end cameras, to capture photos at up to 41 MPs. The camera combines a larger sized image sensor (1/1.2″), with software algorithm magic (Nokia-developed pixel over-sampling technology), and a lens designed by Carl Zeiss to deliver crisp clear mobile photos.

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Shanghai Sign Show – Big Event, Big UV, Big Changes

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Last week several InfoTrends employees visited the Shanghai Sign Show so we wanted to provide a summary of the event in advance of our detailed show review just as we have with recent drupa coverage (http://store.infotrendsresearch.com/product_p/125310.htm).
For some of us it was the first time attending, others have been attending this Shanghai show for more than 10 years. There are four major impressions made on us here in Shanghai:

  • the show is huge
  • there are many more UV-curable printers than expected
  • there are huge changes taking place in the wide format market here in China that have implications for manufacturers around the world
  • there is an increasing focus on new markets such as textiles and ceramics.

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Take a Closer Look at Screen

Jim Hamilton
 Jul 16, 2012

In June, Screen USA invited a group of industry analysts and trade press editors to its U.S. headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, not far from Chicago, for a briefing that they called “A Closer Look.” The title is apt, because if you are like me, you may not have understood the full breadth of Screen’s graphic arts offerings.

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