Posts tagged: digital interchangeable lens cameras

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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DILCs Jump on the Connected Bandwagon

Ed Lee
 Apr 19, 2012
Since 2007, InfoTrends has been promoting the need for a Connected Experience in the photography market. While Wi-Fi enabled cameras have seen some fits and starts, the concept has not become an everyday reality. Camera vendors have been slow to respond to the threat of smartphones and have allowed them to set the stage for a connected experience. InfoTrends has been encouraging camera vendors to add connectivity to their cameras in order to remain relevant in the Connected Era of photography. Since 2012 began, Canon, Fujifilm, Kodak, Samsung, and Sony have announced a total of nine Wi-Fi enabled point & shoot cameras. However, consumer digital interchangeable lens cameras (DILC) have remained outside the mix. That is until today.

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