Earlier this year, after years of struggle, Germany-based stock photo website EyeEm went bust. It had stopped paying photographers even before that, but hey, good news – you’ll finally get your money! Spanish platform Freepik has acquired EyeEm, and the first they’re doing is paying the debts.
This is an interesting one. Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), the private equity company which saved Olympus’ camera division, is buying out Toshiba for $14 billion. Toshiba has been struggling since 2015, and JIP wants to turn that around.
While Sony is the top dog these days when it comes to camera sensors, Toshiba has been known to make camera sensors in the past. 2013’s Nikon D5200, for example, contains one. So the deal potentially brings a lot of new tech to OM System.
In what’s turning out to be an interesting journey to transition Logitech more into the creator space, the company has acquired desktop console company, Loupedeck. This is the first such acquisition in this sector by Logitech since they bought out Litra in 2021.
The deal concluded on July 18th, with Logitech announcing that they’d acquired Loupedeck with a focus towards live streaming. Exactly what this means for the future of Loupedeck products, however, is uncertain.
Zeiss has acquired UK-based Ncam Technologies Ltd. Founded in 2012, Ncam is a developer of camera tracking systems. These are used for things like motion control, visual effects and virtual production. Zeiss appears to want to move into the camera tracking space, hence the acquisition.
What makes Ncam special is that its a system you can use anywhere. Indoors or outdoors, in just about any environment you can think of. Compact hardware mounts directly to the cameras, letting you visualise AR, MR, XR, set extensions or complete new environments.
It looks like the hopes of the photography community did not go unheard. DPReview is saved. It’s been acquired from Amazon by consumer tech publication, Gear Patrol. And as from yesterday, they are the new owners of DPReview. Both DPReview and Gear Patrol issued statements on the acquisition and what it means for both organisations going forward.
No information has been published about the terms of the deal with Amazon, but DPReview now has a promising future ahead of it. Which isn’t bad considering it was supposed to end forever two months ago.
SmugMug has acquired the popular photography podcast, This Week in Photo – otherwise known as TWiP. It’s the second acquisition by the company after picking up Flickr in 2018. As well as acquiring the podcast itself, TWiP Editor in Chief Frederick Van Johnson is also joining SmugMug. He will lead content and new media while maintaining his role with TWiP to help it continue to grow and evolve.
SmugMug+Flickr VP of Marketing, Scott Kinzie says that “It’s an ideal match”, with both companies and TWiP having the goal of increasing the influence and impact of photography worldwide. TWiP was created by Frederick in 2008 as a primarily gear-focused podcast. It’s evolved since then to cover just about every topic in the photography industry.