Dec 13, 2013
Results of InfoTrends’ Consumer Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera multi-client study reveal that this is an exciting and also challenging time to be involved in the digital interchangeable lens camera (DILC) market. Rapid changes are still underway, and these are affecting consumer purchasing/usage behaviors, camera vendors’ product development strategies, and retailers’ selling strategies.
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Jan 10, 2013
Yesterday, Jessops and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) announced that Jessops is entering administration (equivalent to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in the U.S.). Jessops has been an integral part of the U.K. camera market since it was founded by Frank Jessop in 1935. In the early 2000s Jessops went on the acquisition trail and bought up many of the U.K.’s independent camera shops. This led Jessops to become the largest chain of camera specialty retailers with more than 200 stores across the country. In 2002, ABN AMRO acquired the company and 2 years later Jessops went public on the London Stock Exchange. In 2007, just ahead of the Global Financial Crisis, Jessops faced financial trouble and entered into a period of restructuring and negotiations with its creditors. In 2009, Jessops Plc was liquidated and Jessops Ltd was created. Read more »
Jan 3, 2013
Terminology within the digital photography market can be ambiguous, especially when the industry has not yet standardized naming conventions. For example, consider the DILC (digital interchangeable lens camera) market and its subcategories. DILC is an umbrella term that incorporates all cameras with interchangeable lenses, but it can be further divided into two major categories—digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and compact interchangeable lens cameras (CILCs).
At this time, CILCs are primarily separated from DSLRs based on the exclusion of a mirror box, a smaller size, and a lighter weight. Nevertheless, product definitions are still undergoing changes and the lines are blurring all the time. To this point, products like Panasonic’s Lumix GH3 do not contain a mirror box but are roughly the same size and weight of a traditional DSLR. Over time, InfoTrends believes that the distinction between CILCs and DSLRs will disappear, and interchangeable lens cameras will simply be referred to as DILCs. The cameras in this category would then compete head-to-head in terms of features, functionality, and price. Right now, however, the DSLR and CILC subcategories still exist.
According to InfoTrends’ 2012 report entitled Digital Imaging and Professional Photographers, the vast majority of pro photographers currently own DSLRs. Although other camera types are also in use, none are nearly as popular as DSLRs. At the same time, however, the share of professional photographers who reported owning CILCs more than quadrupled year-over-year, rising from just 11% in 2011 to over 49% in 2012. Read more »
Oct 5, 2012
As part of the InfoTrends’ Digital Photography Trends service, we keep a close eye on new camera introductions. 2012 has already seen a good number of new cameras, 144 to be exact, and the year is only three-quarters through. Before the bustle of Q4/holiday announcements come out, we thought it would be a good time to give a little review of what is happening in the market so far.
- CILCs (compact interchangeable lens cameras) – All major camera manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax & Olympus) have introduced new compact interchangeable lens cameras (CILCs).
- Smart cameras – Nikon and Samsung introduced “smart cameras” – Nikon with their Coolpix S800c and Samsung with the Galaxy cameras, both running the Android operating system coupled with built-in Wi-Fi. This marks the first real effort to create and deliver cameras that act like our smartphones. Will these be the “must have” cameras? Nikon and Samsung sure hope so.
- Larger image sensors – One way that digital camera manufacturers are differentiating themselves from their smartphone competition is with larger image sensors. Sony, Canon and Fujifilm have all introduced compact cameras with larger image sensors. SLRs are also getting image sensor improvements, with both Canon and Nikon introducing new models featuring a larger, full-size image sensor at price points that are well under those of previous full-frame SLR’s. These camera vendors are hoping that these new and improved sensors will resonate with consumers, and they should be a popular choice for enthusiast photographers that want higher resolution and better low-light capability at a lower price. If these types of cameras sell well, it won’t be long until other vendors introduce similar cameras to compete.
Jul 23, 2012
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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May 18, 2012
In October 2011, Nikon’s DSLR camera factory in Thailand was devastated by flood waters, which caused the complete shutdown of its entry-level and mid-range DSLR production lines right before the critical holiday season.
In its year-end Fiscal results, Nikon highlighted the events and its recovery timeline.
- October 6, 2011: Operations suspended at Nikon Thailand Corporation (NTC) due to the fact that the factory was submerged under 2 meters of flood waters. The flood came at a critical time of the year, when all camera manufacturers were gearing up for the all-important holiday season and beginning production ramp up of soon-to-be announced cameras.
- November 30, 2011: Nikon restarted partial deliveries of DSLR cameras and interchangeable lenses thanks to alternative production by Thai partner factories.
- January 3, 2012: Partial operations resumed at NTC, as Nikon had forecasted would happen back in November.
- January to March 2012: NTC ramped up its camera production, adding to finished goods produced by partner factories.
- By the end of March, the combined production capacity of NTC and partner factories had reached normal production levels.
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Jan 6, 2012
According to InfoTrends’ latest Worldwide Digital Camera forecast, digital interchangeable lens cameras (DILCs) sales were strong last year and are expected to continue to sell well over the next 5 years.
Over the holiday break, we visited each of the Amazon.com websites (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and China) to do an informal poll to see how popular Digital SLRs (DSLR) and Compact Interchangeable Lens Cameras (CILC) were for Amazon.com shoppers. The websites shows the 100 most popular cameras sold and updates the list hourly. Camera body only and various kit configurations are counted separately.
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