Posts tagged: CILC

4K is now Ultra HD

Ed Lee
 Oct 19, 2012

Naming a new product category is always a challenge. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) appears to have its act together when it comes to high-definition televisions, unlike the digital camera industry, which has failed to standardize on a name for Compact Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Read The Difficulties of Choosing a Name blog from earlier this year)  which has hindered the development of the segment, in our opinion.

As of October 18th, the “4K” term will now be known as “Ultra-High Definition.” According to the new rules from CEA the minimum requirement for a television or projector to earn the “Ultra HD” designation is having a resolution of at least 8 million active pixels (3,840 x 2,160 minimum). Displays must also have an aspect ratio of at least 16 x 9 and a digital input capable of carrying native 4K video. Don’t get too excited about Ultra HD televisions just yet. Initial 84-inch offerings from LG Electronics and Sony will cost about $20,000 and $25,000, respectively. Read more »

144 Digital Cameras and Counting

Carrie Sylvester
 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.

Q1-Q3 Highlights

  • 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.

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Canon enters the CILC market with the EOS M camera

Ed Lee
 Jul 23, 2012

In September 2011, DSLR powerhouse Nikon entered the compact interchangeable lens camera (CILC) market with its 1 Series lineup. The question at that time was, “When would Canon respond?” Well, the other shoe has finally dropped, and Canon has announced its much-anticipated EOS M camera.

Canon EOS M interchangeable lens camera

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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The Difficulties of Choosing a Name – and the consequence of having more than one

Other Posts
 May 29, 2012

Anyone who has become a parent will know that choosing a name can be difficult. Having many different names can create confusion and I am sure that most people would prefer to be known by one name and perhaps a nickname. Now imagine if you had at least 7 different names. That is the case for what InfoTrends calls compact interchangeable lens cameras (CILC).  Since the first compact interchangeable lens cameras were announced by Panasonic and Olympus in 2008 under the Micro Four Thirds name, they have acquired a number of new names including:

  • Mirrorless DSL
  • Mirrorless hybrid
  • DSL Micro
  • Compact interchangeable  lens camera
  • Compact system camera
  • Non-Reflex
  • Advanced Camera Interchangeable Lens

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Nikon DSLRs – Back to Normal

Ed Lee
 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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Digital Interchangeable Lens Cameras Well-Positioned Worldwide

Ed Lee
 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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Nikon Enters the Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera Market (Finally)

Ed Lee
 Sep 23, 2011

Last fall, just before the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, it was rumored that Nikon would announce what some thought would be its entrance into the compact interchangeable lens camera (CILC) market. But, Photokina came and went without an announcement. Now, exactly one year later, the rumors that grew in intensity over the last few months have become a reality.

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