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Photokina 2018 - Why the Mirrorless Camera Format will be the Star of the Show

Since the last Photokina two years ago, product innovation has dramatically increased, especially with regards to mirrorless cameras and lenses.  In 2016, the industry and show buzz was all about the new category launches, including the Fujifilm entrance into medium format mirrorless. Now, two years later, Nikon, Canon and Panasonic have unveiled t ...

Photo Prints - Part of the Physical Media Revival

Recent statistics from Apple indicate that over a trillion images per year are being captured globally on iPhones. If one adds Android and other smartphones, then it is feasible that three trillion plus images are captured worldwide per year on all smartphones, notwithstanding, of course, camera image capture. For many years, despite rising image ...

Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality Developments: The Future of Consumer Wearable Cameras?

Consumer wearable cameras struggled to make an impact when they first became available in 2012. Many brands, including Autographer and Narrative Clip, exited the market, while production of Google Glass for the consumer market was short-lived (between 2014-2015). Despite the consumer wearable camera market reaching almost 1 million units globally i ...

The Changing European Retail Photo Printing Landscape

Futuresource’s latest review of the Western European retail (on-site) photo printing landscape reveals some interesting changes and developments. Whilst standalone wet and dry minilabs accounted for 47% of the 1.16 billion on-site photo prints in Western Europe in H1 2017, both instant print kiosks and ‘tabletop’ professional inkjet photo printers ...

New Consumer Image Capturing/Sharing & Photo-Printing Insights

In an age where nearly 4 billion images are captured per day globally by consumers, primarily via Smartphones, and a total of 5 trillion images are stored digitally, there is a growing thirst for insight into consumer behaviour across image capturing, image storage, image sharing and the conversion of some of these images into physical, printed pro ...

Western Europe Retail Minilab Photo Printing - It's Not Dead Yet

The UK pharmacy chain, Boots announced yesterday (March 1st 2017) that it is to close two thirds of its in-store photo centres, which fulfil silver halide photo prints, photobooks, cards and some wall décor with a combination of wet minilabs, duplex and simplex digital printers and LFPs.Is this a sign of the times for the Western European retail mi ...

Dual-Lens Cameras on the Rise but Processing Power Leads Smartphone Camera Development

Dual-lens Cameras from Huawei, LG and Apple Showcase Latest Tech Development Smartphone manufacturers are placing more emphasis on improving the camera and photography features as a way to differentiate from the competition and encourage consumer replacement every 1-2 years. For example, the iPhone 7 Plus dual-lens camera supports core photography ...

Retail Photo Printing - A Changing Landscape

The retail photo printing sector has been undergoing a marked change in Western Europe (and, in fact, globally) in the past two years or so, driven by the availability of a wider range of photo printing equipment. Specifically, the inkjet photo printers marketed by Epson & Fujifilm, plus the recently launched Noritsu inkjet photo printers.  Th ...

Photokina 2016 - Focus Shifts Towards Enthusiast and Professional Equipment

The Futuresource Imaging and Pro Video team attended Photokina 2016, meeting clients and scanning the floor for the latest products. We have talked before about how the enthusiast and professional equipment market remains robust despite the collapse of entry level in our previous blog (click here to view), and this was clear to see at the show. The ...

Samsung Sells Printer Unit to HP in Maturing Market

The printing and photocopying market is huge, over $50 billion including consumables and services, but is steadily contracting as document management moves to digital distribution and the cloud. The market is segmented by volume and technology, with different brands competing in respective segments.  In an unusual move for a Korean company, Samsun ...

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