Jul 18, 2014
Being a photo enthusiast as well as an industry analyst gives me an interesting perspective of photography and photo habits. InfoTrends has been running a survey of digital camera users for more than a decade and through those surveys new trends have emerged and old habits have been shown to slowly go away. Before fielding the 2013 Digital Photography Survey, we thought it would be interesting to ask respondents about the first digital camera they ever owned. I thought that the younger respondents would say a “toy camera” like the Fisher Price camera I got for my kids back in the day and the older respondents would say some sort of lower-end point & shoot camera (for the record my first digital camera was an HP Photosmart R707 – YES HP was making cameras back then!). However, much to my surprise, although a point & shoot did top the list, camera phone and smartphone rounded out the top three cameras. Read more »
Jun 24, 2014
Amazon Fire Phone
June 18th marked the introduction of the Amazon Fire phone, Amazon’s first entrance into the smartphone market. The Fire phone features a 13 MP (front facing) camera with an f/2.0 lens and optical image stabilization. The base model features 32GB of storage and comes with free unlimited Cloud storage through Amazon’s Cloud Drive. The handset itself has a 4.7-inch display featuring Gorilla Glass, aluminum buttons, and a rubberized grip area. Performance wise the handset features a Quad-core Snapdragon 2.2 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus for a virtual surround sound experience.
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Jan 13, 2014
InfoTrends recently published the 2013 Worldwide Camera Phone Forecast and we can say the industry is showing continued healthy growth throughout our forecast period (2012-2017). The growth is thanks to the popularity of smartphones with higher performing cameras and snap-happy consumers. Worldwide camera phone shipments (basic phones and smartphones with cameras combined) will grow from nearly 1.3 billion units in 2012 to over 1.6 billion units by 2017. The majority of these shipments will come through the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region but the brightest spots in the forecast will be found in the developing countries.
Source: 2013 InfoTrends Worldwide Camera Phone Forecast
Jul 15, 2013
Nokia Lumia 1020
So you think your camera phone takes “good” pictures? Last week Nokia introduced a new smartphone that plans to change our definition of “good” mobile photos. The handset manufacturer from Finland introduced the Lumia 1020 on July 11th in New York City, a Windows smartphone that features a 41 megapixel camera with advanced photo features.
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May 17, 2013
Just because the camera phone – you know those handy cameras on feature phones and smartphones – has become the everyday camera for many people doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom for traditional cameras. In the most recent InfoTrends Digital Camera End User study we found that digital cameras are still being used to take more photos on average than a camera phone and used more often for special occasion photos. The survey also asked a “blue sky” question about interest levels in some current and possible digital camera offerings. Read more »
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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Oct 23, 2012
Every year InfoTrends publishes a Personal Photo Activity Forecast for the U.S. which includes the number of photos that are captured. In 2012 InfoTrends estimates that 89 billion images will be captured in the US. We estimate that around 63 billion images will be captured in Western Europe this year. Read more »
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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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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May 23, 2012
There is concern in the photo industry that the migration from digital still cameras to camera phones/smartphones and their increased usage will lead to fewer photos being printed. The concern is valid, as camera phones/smartphones provide an easy on-ramp for photos to be sent to online sites, which could potentially take print completely out of the viewing and sharing process.
We believe that for the near term the opposite will be true; that increased camera phone/smartphone usage will actually lead to more prints being generated. The rationale behind our thinking is that as more people rely on their camera phones/smartphones as everyday cameras and even use them more for special events, that a growing percentage of these photos will be important photos that they will want to share, preserve, or display as prints.
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