Posts tagged: Digital Photo

Mourning the Demise of the Optical Viewfinder

Ed Lee
 Jun 10, 2011

The handwriting is on the wall. Optical viewfinders on compact digital cameras are almost extinct. By our most recent count, there are only two current compact cameras that offer an optical viewfinder, the Canon PowerShot A1200 (MSRP $109.99) and the Canon PowerShot G12 (MSRP $499.99). While the A1200 is an entry-level camera that any photographer can afford, the G12, with all its advanced features, is targeted at the serious photographer with a few extra dollars to spend.

The demise of the optical viewfinder will be a lost opportunity for the industry, as a need still exists. Our research shows that many consumers still have a problem with framing photos using the LCD screen in bright sunlight. Plus, basic photography training still teaches that holding the camera up to your eye creates a very stable position for taking photos.

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Instant Sharing Brings Back the Emotion

Ed Lee
 Sep 22, 2010

Excerpt from Photo Industry Reporter’s State of the Industry 2010

The future of imaging is the connected experience. The CE industry is buzzing about connecting devices like TVs, set-top boxes, mobile phones and PCs with personal and commercial content and services. Digital cameras need to integrate with this ecosystem or run the risk of being left out of the equation.

As connected devices become more widespread, cameras need to become connected to participate. Eventually, digital cameras may need to adopt an operating system and open APIs that will enable them to run various applications much like smartphones.

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Digital Interchangeable Lens Cameras: A Niche Opportunity in a Maturing Market

Eve Padula
 Jul 19, 2010

InfoTrends has been conducting end-user surveys to track the adoption and usage of digital cameras for over a decade. Our research indicates that digital cameras are now fully entrenched in the mainstream market. Thanks to falling prices and ever-improving technologies, just about anyone who is interested in owning a digital camera can now find something in their price range.

Many point & shoot camera models with features and functions that will far exceed the needs of casual photographers are currently offered for prices well below $100. At the other end of the spectrum are digital interchangeable lens cameras, which offer much more advanced features, manual controls, and considerably higher price points.

In June 2010, InfoTrends completed a comprehensive study entitled Digital SLRs and Other Interchangeable Lens Cameras: A Multi-Client Study. This study included a survey of 6,406 consumers. Of these, 1,648 individuals qualified as digital interchangeable lens camera owners (some of which were mirrorless hybrid camera owners). The results of this survey provided some interesting insights about the typical digital interchangeable lens camera owner of today. Read more »

The iPad: a Photo Enthusiast’s View

Carrie Sylvester
 Feb 26, 2010
The iPad was introduced on January 27, 2010. Based on its appearance, the iPad could be described as an oversized iPod Touch. Apple, however, describes it as its “most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device.” The iPad is a 0.5-inch thick tablet device with a 9.7-inch diagonal LCD display. It offers 1,024 x 768-pixel resolution and features the iPhone’s signature multi-touch interface.

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Online photo sharing breaks into everyday LIFE

Carrie Sylvester
 Nov 21, 2008

Reading a Photo District News (PDN) news feed yesterday morning, I saw that LIFE Magazine images will be available for public search and viewing on Google Images. Back in September, LIFE partnered with Getty Images to breathe (forgive the term) new life into the brand.


LIFE Images Google Landing Page

LIFE Images Google Landing Page

The new service went public this week with an estimated 2 million images. LIFE’s full historic archive of nearly 10 million images, many previously unpublished, is expected to be online by February 2009. The ability to search is being brought about through a revenue share agreement between the companies. Not to worry, Getty won’t lose money; the free sharing is for personal use rather than commercial use.

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