Motorola Flips the Flip Phone and Makes it a Smartphone – Welcome back RAZR

Carrie Sylvester
 Nov 19, 2019

If there is one big trend in consumer devices these days– it’s going retro. Instant print cameras, vinyl records and now even the smartphone goes retro. The Motorola RAZR that most remember from the mid-2000s with its iconic clam shell design (aka Flip phone) was a slim phone that fit in your pocket in the pre-Smartphone days. Back then all a person wanted to do was talk, maybe do some number pad texting and take an occasional photo. What made it popular was its price point (under $300) and the array of colors and designs it offered. I still remember my fuchsia pink RAZR with the etched cherry blossom design like it was yesterday.

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PHOTOPLUS Expo Showcases New Products and Educates Attendees in NYC

Carrie Sylvester
 Oct 25, 2019

PHOTOPLUS Expo (PPE), the East Coast’s largest photo and video trade event that draws attendees including professionals, amateurs, enthusiasts, cinematographers, students and educators, is being held October 24-26th in NYC. The showfloor was filled with exhibits from over 130 vendors. PPE showcased a series of new initiatives planned to enhance the attendee experience, including interactive photo, video and education spaces.

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Microsoft Plans to Reenter the Smartphone Market by 2020 with Surface Duo

Carrie Sylvester
 Oct 9, 2019

The beginning of Fall saw new flagship phones from Apple and Huawei, but what many might not have noticed is that Microsoft announced its own plans to get back into the phone game. Since the announcement was made as part of a Surface press event, some people might have thought that Microsoft’s newest smartphone would use a Windows OS. Instead, the new Surface device is an Android-based “foldable” smartphone.

Not so long ago, Microsoft announced that it would stop supporting Windows 10 Mobile at the end of 2019. One may have thought that meant they were gone from the smartphone market for good, thus making this a surprise announcement for most.

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Turning it up to 11 – Apple introduces the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Carrie Sylvester
 Sep 16, 2019

Fall is almost here and with it comes new Apple iPhones. Smartphones are announced throughout the year, but not many create the buzz of Apple’s annual September Event. While we believe that the iPhones were the darlings of the day, Apple also announced a new iPad and the Apple Watch Series 5, as well as Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ services.

Since Apple first introduced the iPhone in 2007, the company’s fall announcements are always much anticipated. This year was no exception with the unveiling of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

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2018 Camera Wrap-up

Carrie Sylvester
 Jan 9, 2019

As 2019 begins, Keypoint Intelligence wanted to take a moment and reflect on what cameras were introduced in 2018.

For the last several years, the number of camera models introduced in the US market had been dropping. However this year, there were 36 new camera models introduced, 3 more than last year. In 2016, the US market saw 57 new models introduced, 72 in 2015, and 98 models in 2014. (Source: Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends US Camera Model Tracker**)

We have broken out the 2018 camera introductions by popular features and functions, including connectivity, type of camera, and resolution. Read more »

Every Picture Tells a Story….Don’t It

Carrie Sylvester
 Jun 28, 2018

“Print your most important photos they are worth the time and the effort”

Remember the days of snapping photos, printing them out and filling photo albums? There was nothing like the feeling of dropping off a roll of film at the store to be developed and eagerly waiting for them to come back to see if you got that awesome picture of Joey dancing on the tables at a party or Betty enjoying a quiet day at the beach. Dating myself? That’s OK, I don’t mind sounding like a relic when it comes to photos.

Nowadays printing photos tends to escape most people’s priority list and some may think “well I’ve got all my pictures on my phone, why do I need to print them?” I have even fallen victim to no printing for at least a year or more. A few weeks ago, I received an email from one of the services that I use to store photos with a promotion to print 250 prints for free. FREE is key. Although there were thousands of photos at my disposal that I have been storing since the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of online photo storage when Ofoto was in the game,  I had a tough time selecting 250 photos to print before the free promotion expired.

All it takes is time

Whether it was the free offer that made the idea of printing so interesting or the fact that a big picture taking event, my Son’s Prom, had just happened, getting the email was kismet. One of the biggest obstacles to printing these days is having the time to peruse photos and choose which ones are print-worthy. Recent Keypoint Intelligence surveys tells us the lack of time to go through all their photos and decide what to print is one of the top three reasons people don’t print more often. Free time doesn’t make itself available when we are busy running about our daily lives, so sometimes we just need to find the time.

Opinion – Photos are worth the effort

Although printing, even ordering free prints, costs time and money (shipping isn’t free ya know), the dividends of reliving your life stories in printed photos is priceless. A person doesn’t need to own a digital camera to print. If all you use for photography is your smartphone, there are many apps and retail store resources that make it easy to print. Even those “reduced quality” Facebook photos may be worth printing since the quality is usually just fine for a 4” x 6” (or smaller) print.

Although time is a precious commodity, so are our memories. Each group of printed photos was like a piece of the memories coming back to life. Putting the prints into a photo album, handwriting location details and quotes or just keeping track of names is all a way to keep memories alive. Not only that but when storage media like CD/DVD becomes unreadable, or something happens to that smartphone (bite your tongue) you won’t be able to get those photos back. Trusty, reliable photo prints are not disaster-proof, but they won’t disappear and will remain viable for decades to come to be enjoyed by future generations that may not even remember who the person was that printed them.  Printing your most important photos they are worth the time and the effort.

Contact Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends with question or to learn more about our ongoing research about consumer and professional imaging trends and behaviors.

Get your instant photography back on with the Kodak Printomatic Instant Print Camera

Carrie Sylvester
 Jan 17, 2018

Remember the days of using an instant camera to take pictures of your family or friends and excitedly waiting for the picture to “develop” in front of your eyes? It was cool, right? Well there are some companies out there trying to make instant photography cool again. Enter Eastman Kodak and its licensee C+A Global, who introduced the Printomatic, a point and shoot camera with built-in printer, in September 2017. Read more »

2017 Camera Wrap-Up – Where Have all the Cameras Gone…

Carrie Sylvester
 Dec 22, 2017

Where have all the cameras gone….

For the past several years we have done a year-end round up of the cameras that were introduced. It’s always an interesting exercise to look at what features and technologies camera vendors have chosen to feature in their products.

This year, the list of features was long but the number of camera models was not. You may think – is it just me or were there not as many new cameras introduced? Well you’d be right to think there were fewer cameras coming to the U.S. market. There were 33 new camera models that came to market in the U.S. since January 1, 2017 – 24 fewer than in 2016. In 2016 the US market saw 57 models introduced, 72 models in 2015 and 98 models in 2014. (Source: Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends U.S. Camera Model Tracker**).

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PDN PhotoPlus 2017 – Photo Fun in NYC

Carrie Sylvester
 Nov 1, 2017

The annual PDN PhotoPlus Conference & Expo (PPE) was held October 26-28, 2017 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

PhotoPlus Expo (PPE) draws a sizeable crowd from the surrounding metropolitan area and has become one of the East Coast’s largest photography, filmmaking and digital imaging events. The show highlighted 250 exhibitors and was expected to draw nearly 20,000- attendees. 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. Although this is one of the biggest photography events on the East Coast, there were no new cameras introductions during the expo but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a lot to do and see on the show floor. Read more »

For shooting video mobile phones are the go to camera

Carrie Sylvester
 Apr 6, 2017

videodevicesGone are the days where people had only one choice to shoot videos – the camcorder. Today there is no shortage of video options available to people. Many people have a video camera right in their pocket – thanks to our always on-hand mobile phones (even dumb phones can shoot an OK video in a pinch). Will these non-traditional video capable devices keep putting the squeeze on traditional camcorders? According to recent survey results, it would appear to be so. Read more »

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