Archive | Digital cameras

Is History Repeating Itself in Japan?

One of the starkest trends in the consumer electronics industry over the past 15 years has been the collapse of Japan’s once mighty TV industry. Formerly iconic brands with immense global reach have shriveled in the face of intense pressure from South Korea’s one-two punch of LG and Samsung and a glut of low-cost competition, […]

The Two Big Questions Facing the Virtual Reality Camera Market

While the traditional digital still camera market continues its slow, smartphone-induced decline, a new camera category has reared its head: the 360-degree/VR camera. 2016 has served as a coming out party, of sorts, for 360-degree imaging as major brands such as Samsung, GoPro and Nikon threw their collective hats into the ring, alongside a host […]

Video Recording Formats: Are We Done Yet?

While attending a corporate video shoot last week, I was a taken back by the recording gear sitting atop the videographer’s two tripods: not sophisticated prosumer models from Canon or Sony, not a couple of standard consumer beer can-style camcorders, not even a pair of GoPros. No, what these professional video makers were using to […]

Why the iPhone 7 Isn’t Going to Kill the Camera Industry

“Don’t cry for me, I’m already dead.” – Barney Gumble There’s something about Apple and breathless hype that go together like, well, apples and pie. While the iPhone 7 launch saw its share of high profile poo-pooers, there was much more enthusiasm for what the new iPhone’s photo capabilities would bring to consumers and what […]

What the Olympics Tells Us About the Future of Broadcast TV

The Rio Olympics have come and gone. Several swimmers aside, the U.S. unquestionably had a stellar Olympic games, capturing the lion’s share of medals. But while athletes and coaches will be picking apart their performances for weeks to come, TV analysts have turned their eye to another post-mortem: How were the ratings? The short answer: […]

HEVC Products Forecast Overview

With efficiency improvements over the ubiquitous AVC/H.264 standard and higher-quality play back, HEVC/H.265 use has expanded into nearly every consumer product and video content category. Although higher-end applications, such as the viewing of UHD TV, are the most advertised uses for the HEVC standard, its use in non-UHD applications is prolific. DTC’s latest study narrates […]

Does 360-Degree Video Have a Future on the TV?

Judging from the number of virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree imaging companies exhibiting at CES, 2016 will be a major year for this burgeoning format. Capturing spherical images and videos (that is, a video that spans a full 360 degrees horizontally and 180 degrees vertically) is nothing new, but until recently, the process was laborious. […]

Is the HEVC Digital Camera/Editing Software Logjam About to Burst?

All 4K UHDs can decode HEVC files; after all, all the 4K streaming video content from Netflix and Amazon and Vudu and anyone else who is or will be streaming 4K video is encoded in HEVC. Unfortunately, the HEVC ecosystem hasn’t extended to the home video recording side. Only two digicams encode 4K real-time with […]

Digital Camera Sales Continue to Crash. So Why Are These Execs Smiling?

There seem to be few signs of life in the cratering digital camera business. Point and shoot cameras sales have been in the double-digit-drop toilet for the last half decade and will be again this year. After years of relatively steady performance, D-SLR sales have dropped around 15% in each of the last two years, […]

HEVC Not Winning Camera Converts

The High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) continues to gain momentum as the compression technology of choice for 4K broadcasts and reception devices. Recently, Japan’s first live 4K live TV channel was launched by EHIME CATV using HEVC, while the satellite service provider SES announced that Europe’s first free-to-air UHD channel (launching at the IFA trade […]