Posts tagged: Wi-Fi

Another Challenging Year For Digital Cameras

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 Jan 31, 2013

2013 is shaping up to be another challenging year for players in the digital camera market. In 2012, for the first time, the worldwide digital camera market declined. It was a significant decline of 10%. The cause of the decline is linked to the following factors: Read more »

Connectivity and Intelligence Are the Keys to the Future

Ed Lee
 Sep 12, 2012

Excerpt from Photo Industry Reporter’s State of the Industry 2012

The imaging industry has entered the Connected Era where consumer behavior and expectations are primarily driven by smart devices and online services. Consumer spending is being diverted from traditional digital cameras and photo prints to smartphones, tablets, apps, and social media. To stay relevant, traditional camera companies and photo print service providers need to align themselves with the forces of mobility, social media, apps, and cloud services.

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Cameras Get Smart – Nikon goes Android

Carrie Sylvester
 Aug 24, 2012

Nikon COOLPIX S800c

Smart, meet camera. Camera, meet…Android, apps, connectivity, Facebook, GPS, Instagram-like in-camera editing…also known as The Future. The new Nikon Coolpix S800c says to the smartphone “Anything your camera can do, mine can do better.”

What is it?

The Coolpix S800c is Nikon’s first “Smart Camera” to combine its camera imaging expertise with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Google’s mobile platform. This is not the first smart camera to be announced this year. At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, Polaroid announced the SC1630 smart camera, a 16 MP Android-based camera. However, the camera has not launched yet, and it is questionable whether it will ever make it to market.

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Smartphones are convenient and connected. Where does that leave digital cameras?

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 Jul 31, 2012

The digital camera market in EMEA peaked back in 2007 and the market is now in decline. This is caused by high household penetration of digital cameras combined with a slowing economy. The smartphone market on the other hand is seeing spectacular growth which is showing no signs of slowing. This is driven by an increase in the number of smartphone models that are available, less expensive data plans and frequent replacements driven by data plans which typically last no more than 24 months.

At the same time InfoTrends research is showing that smartphones are rapidly moving up on the list of cameras that are used most often. Read more »

Connectivity Will Drive Digital Camera Use

Alan Bullock
 Jul 20, 2012

Kodak launched the EasyShare One Wi-Fi digital camera in 2005. Since then, most manufacturers have dipped an occasional toe in the connectivity water, with random introductions of models in which Wi-Fi seemed like an afterthought in an otherwise rather ordinary camera. Their best cameras were left to rely on third-party solutions such as Eye-Fi for connectivity.

Recently, wireless connectivity has found its way into more cameras from more vendors. Read more »

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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Digital Photo Frames Lose their Luster

Ed Lee
 Jun 15, 2011

Just a few years ago, the digital photo frame was the star of the imaging industry. But the luster has worn off rather quickly. A number of factors have led to the passing of the baton. Some include: alternative methods for viewing photos becoming available, digital photo frames not making it past the gifting stage, and updating content on the frame takes work.

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