It is June 15th, 1999. The box office is being dominated by the release of the first new Star Wars in 16 years, even though it is tainted by one Jar Jar Binks. Until this day, photography was largely dominated by a technology that had existed for over a hundred years. It was a technology pioneered by George Eastman in his invention called, the Kodak. Over the many years from 1885 onward, it became known to the photographic community and to the world as “film.”
Canon has previously predicted a 50% drop in camera sales over the next two years, and it seems that they might be right according to their latest financial report from Q1 2019. According to the report, they’re already seeing a 23% decline in camera sales from last year, with an 81% drop in operating profit vs Q1 2018.
Rumours were flying earlier this month out of Japan saying that Olympus wasn’t having a great time right now. In fact, they suggested Olympus was having such a bad time that they were considering leaving the digital camera market.
Well, now, according to a report on SankeiBiz, the Olympus president-elect, Yasuo Takeuchi, has stated with a pretty emphatic no, that Olympus will not be closing down its imaging business.
According to the latest reports, Olympus is doing badly. And it’s so bad, that the company could even leave the digital camera market. Reportedly, the company’s activist shareholders could force Olympus to exit the market and go into a different direction.
In a recent interview, Canon’s president Fujio Mitarai expressed not-so-optimistic predictions for the future of the camera business. He admitted that Canon’s sales have declined by around 10% in the past couple of years, and he believes that it will get even worse. According to Mitarai, the digital cameras market could shrink by as much as 50% within the next two years.
In 2018, we are talking about a camera able to produce 400 MP photos. It’s a great thing to follow the progress of technology and be a part of it. But sometimes it’s also great to travel back in time, just for fun. Lazy Game Reviews takes you back to the past and shoots with Epson PhotoPC, the first consumer digital camera from Epson. There’s the full experience, from unboxing, through shooting, to transferring and editing the photos. And if you had one of the digital cameras from the ‘90s, this will certainly bring back some memories.
Legendary Japanese camera brand Yashica has recently announced a comeback. After a series of teaser videos, they have finally launched the Kickstarter campaign. The camera they are making is called Yashica Y35, and it’s a pretty unusual blend of the analog and the digital.
Yashica Y35 features the same design as the Electro 35, but on the inside, it’s quite different. It “recaptures the joy and meaning of analog photography,” but turns it into digital. Their campaign says “expect the unexpected,” and indeed – this is quite an unexpected camera. And in many aspects a pretty cool one, too.
Sony has announced “Digital Filter”, a new camera app that mimics the use of graduated ND filters. It allows you to divide the scene you’re shooting into two or three areas and set exposure and white balance for each of them separately. As a result, you can get an image with balanced light when shooting sunsets and other backlit landscape scenes.
The new Leica M10 is here! The latest addition to the loved M-system lineup is available for preorders, and “Its unique balance of heritage and technical innovation embodies the essence of everything that is truly important for photography.”
This is the thinnest digital M camera of all time, with improved performance and more intuitive handling. It comes with an ISO setting dial on top, along with some other new and interesting features.