Apr 21, 2015
It’s an interesting time for the photo industry. Cameras continue to get better, faster, less expensive, and, perhaps most significantly, smaller. These devices are taking pictures of everything from scenery to sports, capturing life’s moments from new points of view, from vantage points that were very difficult just a few years ago. Read more »
Jan 30, 2015
During the golden days of digital camera sales, Best Buy was a dominant retailer. It offered consumers a wide selection of compact cameras at good prices. However, with compact camera sales waning, Best Buy has seen its influence on the market diminish, as consumers and vendors focus on more profitable digital interchangeable lens camera sales (DILCs). While Best Buy has sold DILCs, the selection was limited, merchandising was lacking, lens selection was limited and locked away behind glass, and in-store personnel were not trained to answer probing technical questions.
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Jan 5, 2015
There were some BIG ticket items on people’s gadget wish lists during 2014 – from gaming systems, hybrid laptop tablets, and flat screen TVs. Another one of the most popular gadgets people want are digital cameras (aka Phoneless Cameras).
Although there were many new camera models introduced in 2014, there were far fewer than in previous years. In 2014, there were 98 camera models introduced compared to 127 in 2013 and 146 in 2012 (Source: InfoTrends U.S. Camera Model Tracker). It is expected that the number of cameras introduced will continue to drop by anywhere between 10% to 20% in 2015.
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Apr 15, 2014
On April 6th Sony announced the Alpha 7s, a 12 megapixel full-frame compact interchangeable lens camera. It was announced at a press conference at the beginning of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas and was one of the products that captured the attention of visitors to the Sony booth.
Shigeki Ishizuka, President of Sony’s Digital Imaging Group introduces the Alpha 7s at NAB
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Mar 13, 2014
The digital camera market is in decline. Vendors are cutting back on their product range. Olympus and Fujifilm have announced that they will exit low end compact cameras. Even Canon has hinted following rumours that they will consider what to do with cameras that are priced under Â¥20,000. Nikon seems to be the vendor that is planning to stay in for the long run, capturing low hanging sales as competitors exit.
InfoTrends’ forecast shows the trend clearly over the last 10 years. 2014 is shaping up to show continued steep decline. Changes in technology, the emergence of competing devices and perhaps a tendency for camera vendors to believe that the exceptional image quality found in cameras will protect them from competition can all be used to explain the shape of the curve below. Read more »
Dec 13, 2013
The lead up to the Holiday gift giving season is always a busy time as people start making out their gift giving lists or their own wish list for Santa. Being an analyst that tracks camera phones and digital cameras, this is also a busy time of year for me as I start getting emails, phone calls and text messages from friends asking me for camera buying advice. Since Thanksgiving I have already received many emails and texts from friends saying they need an opinion about what type of camera to buy.
I will admit I like being the one my friends and relatives turn to for an educated opinion about cameras. That role also carries some pressure with it, given the hundreds of camera models that can be found for sale from an online retailer or traditional brick and mortar stores. So as I prepare for the “what is the best camera to buy?” question I thought some of my ponderings would be helpful for others looking to answer the very same question.
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Nov 5, 2013
Nikon Df DSLR
Feeling a little nostalgic today? I know I am and it’s thanks to the introduction of the Nikon Df a new DSLR with all the modern bells and whistles but with the retro look of a film SLR. It not only looks like a film SLR but if you listen closely, it evens sounds like one. Until I heard the unmistakable shutter click again I hadn’t realized how much I loved and missed that sound.
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Oct 11, 2013
Back in February of this year, I blogged about my mission to replace the Nikon D200 DSLR I’ve been shooting with for the past several years. That search would have been easy if Nikon had replaced the D300s SLR (introduced well over five years ago) with a new D400 model, but they haven’t and there don’t seem to be any indications that they will, so I’ve spent this year testing the FX-format full-frame D800 (see the D800 blog), and D600 cameras, and most recently the D7100 DX-format model.
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Sep 19, 2013
theQ camera caught my eye when it was launched in August. It caught my eye because it is a connected camera using a SIM card. It also caught my eye because theQ enters a camera market that is in free fall and where established vendors like Fujifilm and Olympus are making fundamental changes to their consumer imaging business. Yesterday Businessweek published a story about the challenges that Canon and Nikon are facing in the adversity of improving smartphone cameras. I think the best way to describe the digital camera market in 2013 is as extremely challenging.
Steven Christensen, CEO of QLifestyle, took time to brief me on theQ camera and their plans. The focus of Q Lifestyle is on photography related products and services. Read more »
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 »