Oct 25, 2016
Since, several of the leading companies in the photo industry have U.S. headquarters in the New York metropolitan area, the PhotoPlus Expo (PPE) is a great “home show” for many industry insiders and professional photographers. PPE draws a healthy contingent from the surrounding metropolitan region and has become one of the must attend events for the East Coast. The show included more than 200 exhibitors and was expected to draw 21,000-plus attendees to the show.
Canon, Nikon and Sony once again were PPE show floor anchors, as they were the vendors closest to the main floor entrance, and occupied the largest exposition real estate.
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Mar 12, 2015
Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), also known as drones, have caught the attention of consumers, commercial operators, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Drones are widely available for purchase, relatively easy to fly, and cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Initially, drones were ‘blind’ and did not offer much utility, except the entertainment value from flying them around. Recently, they have become more specialized in their purposes and uses. The addition of cameras, especially ones that provide live viewing, has opened a new world of opportunities for drones. Suddenly, drones have become cameras with wings.
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Sep 25, 2014
Excerpt from Digital Imaging Reporter’s State of the Industry 2014
For the camera market, 2014 will be a tough year, with a continued decline in worldwide sales; 2015 could be better if manufacturers andÂ retailers adjust their mind-sets, strategies and product roadmaps to remain competitive.
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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 23, 2012
liveBooks, a leader in providing web services (websites, blog solutions, mobile sites, etc.) to professional photographers for years, has made a major change in their product portfolio by acquiring Pinhole Pro and Pinhole Press from Mohawk. The acquisition will give liveBooks pro photographer clients the option of offering high-quality output to their customers and will allow liveBooks to compete more directly with companies like Mpix and SmugMug (among others) that offer both portfolio and output services.
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May 11, 2010
In a move to bring DSLR-like functionality in an easy to use and carry form, Sony has introduced two new interchangeable lens cameras — the NEX-3 and NEX-5. The name hints that Sony sees these cameras as the next generation of cameras, they are mirrorless hybrid cameras the size of a typical high-end point and shoot camera. The removal of the bulky mirror box, as found in DSLRs, gives it a smaller form factor that can fit in the palm of a hand. The company reports that the camera bodies are just about an inch thick at their slimmest point.
Point and shoot cameras are the most popularly used camera in the consumer market today. Sony is banking on that familiarity and hopes these new cameras won’t intimidate the average photographer. These cameras are designed to appeal to the everyday snapshooter and the advanced amateur, as well. Many consumers want the performance and quality of a DSLR but in a more portable size. Although not “pocketable” they certainly are more portable and something one can carry with them in a purse or jacket pocket. Read more »