Nikon Reported Higher Net Sales, Lower Profits

Nikon Reported Higher Net Sales, Lower Profits

By Steve Smith On May 9 2013 - 11:53am




Tokyo — Nikon reported that net sales rose, but net and operating profits were down by double digits for its fiscal year, ended March 31.

Nikon said in its imaging products business, the interchangeable-lens market climate “took a sharp turn for the worse from the middle of the third quarter. Additionally, the compact digital camera market continued to shrink.” Sales for its precision equipment instruments business were also off.

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Connected Cameras Top Survey Results

Connected Cameras Top Survey Results

By Greg Tarr On May 9 2013 - 11:25am




Weymouth, Mass. — Connected and smart cameras generate the highest level of interest from new camera shoppers, according to a survey released Thursday by InfoTrends.

The study found Wi-Fi-enabled cameras received the highest interest ratings of all the product concepts presented.

In 2012, less than 15 percent of all camera models introduced connectivity features. In 2013, that will likely be closer to 30 percent, while 100 percent of camera phones are connected, InfoTrends said.

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Gordon Bros. Pledges $25K To Bombing Victims

Gordon Bros. Pledges $25K To Bombing Victims

By Greg Tarr On May 2 2013 - 4:44pm




Boston – The chief executives of the Gordon Brothers Group, the advisory, lending, investment and liquidation firm based here, which holds the rights to the Polaroid brand, issued an open letter of thanks to those who should their support in the wake of the recent Boston Marathon Bombing tragedy.

Gordon Brothers CEO Michael G. Frieze; president Kenneth S. Frieze COO Robert L. Paglia issued the following statement Thursday:

 

“Friends and partners,

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Sigma Unveils 60mm F2.8 Lens For CSCs

Sigma Unveils 60mm F2.8 Lens For CSCs

By Greg Tarr On May 2 2013 - 10:10am

Sigma’s 60mm F2.8 DN Art Lens ($239 street price) adds a third mirrorless compac
Sigma’s 60mm F2.8 DN Art Lens ($239 street price) adds a third mirrorless compact system camera lens to the company’s Micro Four Thirds and E-mount lens offerings.


Ronkonkoma, N.Y. — Sigma introduced Thursday a 60mm F2.8 DN Art lens for mirrorless compact system cameras, adding a new focal length in the company's lineup for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount cameras.

Sigma's 60mm F2.8 DN Art lens will hit shelves mid-May at a $239 estimated street price.

First revealed at the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in Japan earlier this year, the 60mm F2.8 joins Sigma’s other DN lenses for mirrorless compact system cameras — the 19mm F2.8 DN and the 30mm F2.8 DN.

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Tamron Kicks Off ‘Photo Scavenger Hunt’

Tamron Kicks Off ‘Photo Scavenger Hunt’

By Greg Tarr On May 1 2013 - 1:03pm




Commack, N.Y. — Tamron USA is celebrating national photo month by staging a Photo Scavenger Hunt.

Participants will creatively photograph 14 clues and set up an exhibit at Tamron's 3D virtual online sharing experience, MyPhotoExhibits.com, by May 31.

Tamron will pick the best overall exhibit based on image quality and creative interpretation of the clues. The winner will receive the SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD zoom lens with image stabilization ($1,300 retail value).  

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Pentax Issues Rebates, Promos, Reductions

Pentax Issues Rebates, Promos, Reductions

By Greg Tarr On May 1 2013 - 12:36pm




Denver — Pentax Ricoh Imaging is celebrating national photo month this month by issuing a range of products promotions, price drops and consumer instant rebates on Pentax interchangeable-lens cameras, compact cameras and lenses.

Photographers can save $100 with an instant rebate on the purchase of the Pentax K-5 II DSLR body or kit this month or the weather-sealed, cold-proof and dust-proof K-30 DSLR body or kit now through June.

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Sony Updates Action Cam With SW, Accessories

Sony Updates Action Cam With SW, Accessories

By Greg Tarr On Apr 29 2013 - 1:41pm




San Diego — Sony released a software update to its wearable point-of-view video camera models HDR-AS10 and HRD-AS15, allowing 1080/60p recording, and a range of accessory items also debuted.

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Canon Sees Profits Drop As Camera Sales Decline

Canon Sees Profits Drop As Camera Sales Decline

By Greg Tarr On Apr 25 2013 - 3:34pm




Tokyo – Canon reported its operating profit and net income dropped in the double digits for its fiscal first quarter, ended March 31.

Operating profit dropped 33.8 percent from the same period last year to 54.8 billion yen ($551 million) as net income fell 33.5 percent to 40.9 billion yen ($411 million).

Net sales were down 1.5 percent to $8.68 billion.

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Fujifilm Expands XF-Series Lenses

Fujifilm Expands XF-Series Lenses

By Greg Tarr On Apr 18 2013 - 10:05am

Fujifilm said Thursday that it will offer an XF55-200mm F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS lens
Fujifilm said Thursday that it will offer an XF55-200mm F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS lens to compliment its X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless cameras.


Valhalla, N.Y. – Fujifilm North America introduced this week the Fujinon XF55-200mm (83-300mm 35mm equivalent) F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS lens, which is billed as the first XF telephoto zoom lens for the company’s X-Series mirrorless compact system camera series.

The XF55mm-200mm lens (pricing and availability will be announced later) will fit Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras, and offers a fast aperture across the entire zoom range while yielding sharp, high-resolution images.

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Panasonic Adds GF6 Compact Mirrorless Camera

Panasonic Adds GF6 Compact Mirrorless Camera

By Greg Tarr On Apr 16 2013 - 9:44am

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF6 (shipping in June at a $700 street retail) is the most
Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF6 (shipping in June at a $700 street retail) is the most compact G-series mirrorless model to date.


Secaucus, N.J. — Panasonic formally introduced its DMC-GF6 digital single-lens mirrorless camera to the U.S. market Monday, calling it “the most compact” Lumix G-series model to date.

Panasonic’s GF6 (shipping in June at a $700 street retail) features a new 16–megapixel Live MOS sensor, and a new Venus Engine image processor for high sensitivity and low noise, achieving a maximum ISO 25,600 (in extended mode).

There are 19 creative control modes, including Self Shot, Creative Panorama and Stop Motion Animation.

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