Posts tagged: Digital Imaging

Prepare for the Fourth Imaging Wave

Ed Lee
 Sep 14, 2017

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Excerpt from Digital Imaging Reporter’s State of the Industry 2017

Analog film, the first wave of photography, lasted more than 150 years, with over 1.5 trillion photos captured worldwide during this timeframe. In the 1990s, digital cameras kicked off the second wave: digital photography. Smartphones were introduced in the late 2000s, marking the third wave: mobile imaging.

Always-connected smartphones and social networks have changed how people take and share photos and videos. Mobile imaging is led by companies with no background in photography, such as Apple, Samsung, Facebook, Instagram and Snap.

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HP Decides to Cut Bait with Snapfish

Other Posts
 Apr 29, 2015

Given the choice to either “Snapfish” or cut bait, Hewlett-Packard has chosen the latter.

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Ideas in Action at TEDxBeaconStreet

Ed Lee
 Nov 20, 2014

The 2014 TEDxBeaconStreet conference took place on November 15 and 16 in Brookline, MA. Like other TED conferences, the talks centered on the themes of Technology, Education, and Design (TED).

Tthe event included 67 speakers, over 2,500 attendees, 3 venues, 3 viewing villages, and 20 event partners. The talks were recorded and will be available shortly at the TEDxBeaconStreet website. The organizers are hoping to achieve a target of 25 million views over the next year. So, check out some of the talks when you have a few moments.

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Harnessing the power of the network!

Anne Valaitis
 Jul 24, 2013

Panasonic announced on July 8th, the release of its KV-SS1100 network scanning solution. The KV-SS1100 is a standalone device that integrates with Panasonic’s portfolio of standalone document scanner devices to then convert into a network-enabled capture device, no matter what the speed of scanner chosen.


The SV1100 features a 7” LCD touchscreen with a 1024×600 resolution and a scratch-protection sheet, and a hardware button for quick scanning.

Panasonic claims that the SS1100 will eliminate the need for laborious tasks like manual scanning and data entry by providing the wired or wireless network connection businesses need to keep their documents flowing. With the KV-SS1100, files are sorted, edited, auto scanned and filed to various folders based on customizable presets.

Hardware devices with the ability to “upgrade” without the need to replace the entire device are very attractive for company’s not interested in making new investments. There is tremendous benefit and value to fitting a large LCD touch panel into an existing hardware footprint, it can allow for shortcut buttons for common tasks and predefined workflows suited for a variety of vertical markets and processes that are heavily paper intensive.

Vertical markets such as Healthcare have many key process and paper ingestion areas that are vital to handling hardcopy items such as patient records. Speed and accuracy of entering patient data, along with regulation and compliance in healthcare are high priority according to the InfoTrends Business Process Automation Study, specifically HIPAA requires that patient data remain private and confidential. The practice of scanning and capturing documents and content, at point of origination, is looking to meet these requirements. And the added bonus of having an adjunct device that can aid in the capture of data by creating a workflow friendly integration is vital in any business process.

Pricing and Availability
The KV-SS1100 network scanning solution is available immediately at $1,549 MSRP through authorized Panasonic resellers starting and comes with a One-Year Warranty.

Digital Interchangeable Lens Cameras: A Niche Opportunity in a Maturing Market

Eve Padula
 Jul 19, 2010

InfoTrends has been conducting end-user surveys to track the adoption and usage of digital cameras for over a decade. Our research indicates that digital cameras are now fully entrenched in the mainstream market. Thanks to falling prices and ever-improving technologies, just about anyone who is interested in owning a digital camera can now find something in their price range.

Many point & shoot camera models with features and functions that will far exceed the needs of casual photographers are currently offered for prices well below $100. At the other end of the spectrum are digital interchangeable lens cameras, which offer much more advanced features, manual controls, and considerably higher price points.

In June 2010, InfoTrends completed a comprehensive study entitled Digital SLRs and Other Interchangeable Lens Cameras: A Multi-Client Study. This study included a survey of 6,406 consumers. Of these, 1,648 individuals qualified as digital interchangeable lens camera owners (some of which were mirrorless hybrid camera owners). The results of this survey provided some interesting insights about the typical digital interchangeable lens camera owner of today. Read more »

Ritz Camera Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Ed Lee
 Feb 24, 2009

ritz-logo1InfoTrends predicted in its 2009 Digital Photography Road Map analysis that retailers would be hurt as the digital camera market takes a tumble. Alas, it appears that Ritz Camera will be one of the first victims in 2009.

On Monday, February 23, Ritz Camera announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This announcement will send ripples across the imaging industry. With almost 800 stores, Ritz Camera is the largest photo specialty retailer in the U.S. The company blames the recession and consumers’ shift to digital photography for part of its losses. Ritz is seeking court permission to obtain $85 million of financing to keep operating while it restructures, and it hopes it may eventually emerge from Chapter 11. We wish them the best of luck.

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