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IFA Berlin set as a physical live event from September 3 to 7, 2021

IFA Berlin, the world's leading trade show for consumer and home electronics, is preparing to return to the exhibition halls of the Berlin exhibition center together with partners from industry, trade and the media, Messe Berlin announced this in a press release. With the successful progress of the international vaccination campaigns, the industry is becoming more confident that it will be able to present its new products and services to the media and retailers at IFA 2021 from September 3 to 7, 2021, the organizers said. To ensure health and safety of all attendees, comprehensive hygiene measures will be in place.

Hama takes over Messingschlager

A few days ago with retroactive effect from January 1, 2021, the German accessories specialist, Hama, Monheim, has acquired Messingschlager GmbH & Co KG. The family owned company, which is headquartered in Baunach near the German city of Bamberg, was founded in 1924 and currently employs a workforce of almost 150 people. For many decades, Messingschlager has been an internationally renowned supplier of bicycle parts and accessories.

German Photographic Industry Association (PIV) to support Berlin Photo Week

A couple of weeks after the announcement of a cooperation with Photopia Hamburg, German Photographic Industry Association (PIV) has also teamed up with Messe...

Study on Do-It-Yourself (DIY) video creation apps

Suite 48 Analytics has published an extensive study on the trends among Do-It-Yourself (DIY) video creation apps (smartphone, web and desktop apps used by non-video professionals), which are a powerful driver behind the current surge in sharing and viewing of user-generated videos. For the new DIY Video Creation Apps study, the researches analyzed 82 popular innovative apps and found that, while video editing is a true-and-proven use case, the traditional approach – offering timelines and layers to trim and composite video clips – has had little success attracting users beyond the core market of professionals and technically proficient hobbyists.

Rob Comeau joins Advertek

Photo industry veteran Rob Comeau has joined Advertek Inc., a specialist in personalized printing, as Director of Business Development. According to a press release, Comeau will leverage his decades of experience in specialty photo retailing, professional and travel photography as well as  wholesale printing sales to build customer relationships in the fast-growing North American photo personalization market.

Sony announces large format image sensor with 127.68 megapixels

Sony has announced it will launch a new large format CMOS image sensor for industrial applications in April. With 127.68 effective megapixels, the new IMX661, which has a diagonal of 3.6 inches / 56.73 millimeters, features the highest effective resolution in the industry, according to the manufacture . By means of Sony’s Pregius global shutter pixel technology, the sensor can record even fast moving subjects without distortion. The image data are read out at a speed that is almost four times higher than with conventional products, the company said.

Nikon announces the development of the Nikon Z 9

A few days ago, in an interview with the American information service DPPreview, Keiji Oishi, Department Manager of the Imaging Business Unit at Nikon Corp., announced the prospect of introducing a mirrorless full-frame system camera this year that would match or exceed the performance profile of the Nikon D6 DSLR could. Now Nikon has officially confirmed the development of the flagship model Z 9. The camera will be presented later this year and will represent a significant leap in technology and performance, the company said.

Leica and Punk at the Berlin Poto Week

The third edition of Berlin Photo Week (BPW), which is scheduled to open August 26, 2021 in the capital of Germany, will feature high-profile exhibitions at and around Arena Berlin as well as a number of satellite venues in Berlin, including the Villa Grisebach exhibition space. According to a press release issued by Messe Berlin, numerous talks and panels, workshops, award ceremonies, as well as live acts, music acts, a Funplace, and engaging outdoor offerings are also planned to complement exhibits and presentations of famous photo and imaging brands.

German photo and imaging market records significant declines in 2020

The negative developments worldwide photo and imaging market were also evident in Germany last year. According to the German Photographic Industry Association (PIV), sales and turnover figures for photo and imaging products fell by double-digit percentages. The camera business was particularly affected. However, the association was encouraged by the trend towards more quality and higher average prices in this segment.

Cewe plans to increase its dividend for the twelfth consecutive year

The European imaging and printing service provider Cewe closed the 2020 financial year with a significant increase in earnings: According to preliminary, unaudited figures, the operating result (EBIT) rose by more than 40 percent to Euro 79.7 million, while sales rose slightly by just under one percent to Euro 727.3 million. The Board will therefore propose to the Annual General Meeting to increase the annual dividend for the twelfth time in a row, namely by 15 percent to Euro 2.30.

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Will the lockdown of the photo industry ever end?

The figures on the camera market in 2020 published by the Japanese industry ­association CIPA on the occasion of the digital CP+ show a terrible picture of our industry: Only 8.9 million cameras were shipped last year, 59 percent less than the year before. In view of the Corona­ ­pandemic and the related canceled events, vacations and trips, this is no surprise, but it is still bad. Even worse: Those who had hoped that, as the last remaining photo fair with global awareness, the digital ­edition of the Japanese CP+ would ­provide new ideas to the ­industry, were ­bitterly disappointed.