By Wares June 22, 2016 Digital imaging

Are smartphones actually the saviour of photo prints?

Photo printing apps are seeing substantial growth, according to consumer research The Impact of Apps on Photo Printing by Futuresource Consulting.

The report highlights that, in terms of photo product purchases, millennials remain the most common buyer of photo products and are more willing to make a purchase in the future.

In terms of products bought, photo prints are by far the most popular purchase, with consumers showing more interest in purchasing them in the future.

For example, 50% of UK respondents are interested in photo prints compared to 29% who are interested in photobooks.

In 2015, the merchandise and photobooks market showed 12.5% growth.

FUJIFILM instax SHARE Smartphone Printer

Many if not most people are taking photos with their smart phone these days (see the report above) but, once you’ve taken them, what do you do? FUJIFILM’s instax SHARE is a smartphone printer; simply download the free FUJFILM instax SHARE app and you’re ready to print high quality credit card sized prints direct from your phone. You can print multiple copies and customise shots, even print straight from Facebook or
Instagram accounts.

Samsung Gear 360 Virtual Reality Camera

This new camera promises easy 360° video and still images content using a smartphone. Synced with a Samsung smartphone, users can preview content in real-time when recording. Also, Gear 360 automatically brings up filmed content for users to view and save on their smartphone or to upload and share directly on social channels. For a real 360 viewing experience, users can watch self-created content through Samsung’s Gear VR headset. All these features will be available through a dedicated mobile application for download from Galaxy Apps, Google Play and PC software for more in-depth editing capabilities.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker Action Video Camera

This is Olympus’ first action cam. Without any special or additional housing, TG-Tracker is water-proof, crush-proof, freeze-proof and shock-proof. It also has a Field Sensor System which captures data from 5 sensors to connect video recordings with maps or altitude/depth position graphs during playback in the Olympus OI.Track app. With its extreme wide-angle lens TG-Tracker captures a 204° view for exhilarating POV movies and has a class leading 90 minute battery life when recording at 4K resolution. It comes in black as well as green, by the way and we are sadly unsure of its New Zealand availability.

 Lexar microSD Reader with Lightning Connector

This small, portable reader is designed to manage video and photo content from sports and aerial cameras to the latest iOS devices, this clever product allows for rapid transfer and easy offload of content for on-the-go users. The new microSD Reader also allows users to offload files and store more on the card, creating more device space to capture content on the go. It also provides an easy way to move files from Android or other micro SD-based device to an iPhone or iPad, and swap content between iOS devices. The microSD reader works with a free file management app on the App Store, allowing users to back up files when connected.

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