Posts tagged: Eye-Fi

Two Storage Giants To Become One

Alan Bullock
 Oct 27, 2015

On October 21, Western Digital Corporation (WD) announced its plan to acquire SanDisk in a deal that values SanDisk at approximately $19 billion. This merger has some interesting possibilities for consumer and professional photographers.

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What’s Next After Connected Cameras

Ed Lee
 Jul 3, 2013

Digital camera vendors are finally adding Wi-Fi technology to still cameras in meaningful quantities, and InfoTrends believes that connectivity is finally here to stay. As a proof point, in the first half of 2013, one-third of new cameras announced offer Wi-Fi connectivity as a feature. This is an increase from less than 15% in 2012. More choices will lead to more sales of Wi-Fi enabled cameras. Read more »

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 »

Apple’s iOS 5 and iCloud Connect People and Their Photos

Alan Bullock
 Jun 8, 2011

On Monday, June 6, Apple unveiled iOS 5, the latest version of its operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices, and iCloud, a new set of free cloud services for managing content across up to ten synchronized devices. (My colleague, Shelly Ortelt, blogged about the news here.)

Many of the 200+ new iOS features promise to improve the traditional and connected photo experience for Apple users. Here are some first impressions along with a few observations and questions along the way: Read more »

Digital Still Cameras: It’s Time for More Innovation

Jeff Hayes
 Jul 7, 2010

I read an interesting article today in the Wall Street Journal that reminded me of the lack of innovation taking place in the digital still camera market. In the article Videogame Makers in Talks About Portable 3G Connections there is a quote from NTT DoCoMo President Ryuji Yamada who said, “videogame makers know that in order for portable game machines to take the next step forward, they need wireless. We are discussing this with various players.”

Unfortunately, most of the camera vendors have taken a very traditional approach to camera design by primarily focusing on megapixels, zoom, shutter lag time, and lower prices. While these improvements are all very nice, my feeling is they are pretty much played out.

The following chart shows DSC camera placements in North America over the last five years along with average megapixels and average selling price. Let’s face it, the market is saturated. DSC vendors have fulfilled the basic needs of consumers (taking a quality photo) with a wide range of cameras that meets every traditional need at a price point they can afford.

Lower Prices and More Megapixels Aren’t Driving More DSC Shipments

North American DSC Shipments, ASP and AMP

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