Mar 29, 2013
The new Canon EOS SL1 camera is a welcome addition to the DSLR market. Its small size and light weight help it to stand apart from other DSLRs in the market and put it in a very competitive position again compact interchangeable lens cameras (CILCs).
Touted as the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR that uses an APS-C size sensor, the EOS SL1 hits back at the argument that DSLRs are too big, bulky, and heavy. Now, photographers who want a lighter, smaller camera body that is compatible with Canon’s full line of existing EF lenses have a clear choice. (While the Canon EOS M compact interchangeable lens camera is smaller and lighter, it requires a lens adapter in order to use the EF lenses.)
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Consumers are increasingly turning to online cloud services to protect important files and to access them from the always-connected devices that they carry with them. Last October, InfoTrends conducted its inaugural U.S. Cloud Services End-user Survey Read more »
The adoption of photo merchandise products into the mass market may not be happening as quickly or on as broad a scale as many in the photo market had hoped, but InfoTrends is seeing in our research that these products are getting more penetration into the U.S. market. In the consumer survey portion of our U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Survey, InfoTrends found that over 37% of respondents said they had purchased photo merchandise items in the last year, with the survey specifically asking about photo books, photo cards, photo calendars and specialty photo prints (which includes canvas, photo panels, collage prints and posters/enlargements over 11” x 14”). This was up from just over 32% in our 2011 survey, so there was a notable increase in the buyer population.
It’s great to see that more people are buying photo merchandise, but there is still a lot of opportunity to bring new buyers into the market. In that same study mentioned above, we asked the entire survey population of over 1,500 people if they plan to buy photo merchandise products in the next 12 months. Photo cards were the most likely product to be purchased, followed by specialty photo prints. There are still a sizable percentage of respondents that don’t plan to buy anything, but an average of around 24% said “maybe,” and it’s this group that needs to be reached. InfoTrends research has consistently shown that once someone buys photo merchandise, there’s a very good likelihood that they will buy again, so getting them to make that first purchase is key.
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Overall, slow economic growth in both the U.S. and Canada continued to impact the North America office equipment market in 2012. Total unit shipments of all office single function printers and MFPs declined 10.6% year over year; this figure includes all technologies: laser, inkjet, and impact. Once again, HP held the number one market share position in 2012 with 50.1% of the market. This was followed by Canon (14.8%) and Epson (10.4%).
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Mar 28, 2013
At the end of Q1 each year we review the performance of the main players in the document imaging industry. Unfortunately not all vendors provide clear and transparent financial information for their document business so a few companies are always excluded. The table below shows the operating profits of 10 vendors’ imaging and printing divisions over the last three years. All information has been extracted from publicly available sources and converted to a calendar year view to provide a like-for-like comparison. Therefore, the figures may not correspond exactly with vendor quoted numbers for their own financial years.*
Operating profits down, no mention of MPS
The 2010 to 2012 operating profit trend is clearly down, across the board. The explanations that accompany publication of performance data have not yet started to recognise the impact of managed print services (MPS).
Imaging and Printing Operating Profits, 2010 to 2012*
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Mar 26, 2013
Earlier this month, I attended the HIMSS 2013 conference, arguably the largest healthcare IT conference in the country. HIMSS attracted over 1,000 exhibitors and over 40,000 attendees, including physicians, nurses, IT administration, and healthcare providers. Mobile health (mHealth), integration, collaboration, and analytics were a big focus this year, however, much of this new mobile health technology already has widespread presence within the market. The bigger questions now are whether healthcare organizations are utilizing this technology, how it’s being implemented, and what the impacts are on patient care. Even more importantly, though, is how OEMs are addressing these trends, as many of them maintain a heavy focus on copiers and scanners rather than mHealth initiatives.
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Mar 25, 2013
It was nearly two years ago when we heard Annie Liebovitz say that “the iPhone is the snapshot camera of today.” At the time I thought, “No way, Annie.” But being someone that regularly surveys consumers about their camera behaviors and future plans I wanted to see just how right (or wrong) she was. In 2011, we asked respondents of our annual Mobile Imaging web survey which camera they used most often to take pictures and learned that the digital camera was still the camera of choice, but just barely beating out mobile phones (feature & smartphones with built-in cameras). In the years that followed we approached the question a little differently and asked “Which device do you use most often to take photos for everyday use/occasions?”
The Survey Says….
Source: 2013 InfoTrends Mobile Imaging User Survey
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Mar 19, 2013
The Indian graphic arts market as a whole is fascinating and fast growing. However, there is one area of particular interest for digital printing: the wedding industry. According to recent research, there are around 12,000 weddings held every day in India and around 1.5 million photos are taken on each of these wedding days. All of these marriages have the potential to drive the production of multiple wedding albums and related photo merchandise.
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Mar 18, 2013
Part five: Overall experience
Over the last month or so, I have blogged about my experience using HP’s new Officejet Pro X576dw MFP; I’ve also discussed my colleagues’ first impressions of the new page-wide inkjet device. The purpose of this activity has been to evaluate what it’s like using the device day-to-day in a typical office–not to provide a technical review of the product.
Officejet Pro X576dw
On the whole, my colleagues and I have been very happy with our experience of the MFP. Not only was the device easy to handle, unpack, set up, and use, but it is delivering output at the level we require for more than 10 users. Granted, most of these users are not printing every day, but it has been reassuring to find that the X576dw can function perfectly well as a primary print device in our environment.
The purpose of this fifth and final blog post is to provide an overview of InfoTrends’ experience using the MFP. We will highlight what we consider to be the key advantages of the product as well as some areas where things could perhaps be improved a little. Read more »
Mar 14, 2013
Out of all the vertical markets the Business Process Automation group has studied, the higher education market is arguably one of the most advanced industries to adopt automation solutionsÂ for business processes and workflows.Â However we still see areas and specific processesÂ within higher ed still being performed manually that still uses paper. Areas such as administrative work is transitioning to digital workflows with fewer documents being handled in paper form. The following chart is an example of howÂ higher education establishments have automated their application process by degree type.
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