DPReview announces first annual awards at PIX 2015

pix2015-logoThe first annual 2015 DPReview Awards were announced at this week’s Photo Interactive Experience (PIX2015) conference and expo, taking place at the Seattle Center. The 12 winners spanned 11 categories and included camera and lens manufacturers. The panel of judges this year included DPReview editors, as well as Roger Cicala with LensRentals.com, who served as a guest judge for the lens category.

“PIX 2015 gave us the opportunity to do something we’ve wanted to do for a long time — present awards recognizing significant photographic gear that has been announced in the last year,” says Richard Butler, senior reviewer, DPReview. “The DPReview Awards take into account the technology, performance, value, our experiences and the sheer enjoyment we derived from photographing with these products.”

This year’s categories and winners are as follows:

  • DPReview Best Zoom Compact Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
  • DPReview Mobile Product of the Year: DxO ONE
  • Best Prime Lens Compact Camera: Leica Q
  • Consumer Stills/Video Camera of the Year: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
  • Best Consumer Crop-sensor ILC: Nikon D5500
  • Best High-End Crop-sensor ILC: Samsung NX1
  • Best Lens (Crop Sensor): Samsung NX 16-50mm F2.0-2.8 ED OIS
  • Best Lens (Full Frame): Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM
  • Best Full Frame System Camera (Joint Winner): Nikon D750 and Sony Alpha 7R II
  • DPReview Innovation Award: Samsung NX1
  • DPReview Product of the Year: Sony Alpha 7R II

Samsung #DitchTheDSLR Day comes to Seattle on Wednesday

Samsung Electronics America Inc. is bringing the highly successful #DitchTheDSLR movement to Seattle at the inaugural PIX Photo Expo and Conference hosted by DPReview, Amazon and PMA Wednesday, Oct. 7 starting 11 a.m. and lasting until supplies run out. Samsung will offer PIX show attendees the chance to receive the Samsung NX500 camera (valued at $799) by simply trading in their DSLRs. This program has previously seen nearly 1,000 DSLRs traded in at events in New York and Los Angeles.

“Since the first #DitchTheDSLR event, Samsung has made major strides in the digital imaging category with industry-leading innovation,” says Gary Riding, senior vice president, Mobile Computing, Samsung Electronics America.

To be eligible to ditch, attendees must be registered for the PIX conference, and can register for free. PIX attendees will have the opportunity to put their new NX500 to the test and participate in local photo walks led by Ibarionex Perello and Rinzi Ruiz alongside DPReview editors.

PIX 2015 announces re:FRAME Photography Talks

reframe_logoPhoto Interactive Experience (PIX 2015), presented by DPReview, in association with Amazon and PMA, has an inspiring lineup of speakers at its upcoming two-day, live-streamed expo and conference being beginning tomorrow at the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA.

re:FRAME Photography Talks will offer informative and inspiring discussions and presentations by a diverse line up of more than 30 professional photographers.

“We’re delighted to welcome such an impressive roster of photographers to speak during our re:FRAME Photography Talks,” says Simon Joinson, general manager, DPReview and PIX 2015 organizer. “Our speakers this year include some of the most prolific working photographers today who will discuss a variety of topics — including the power of photography to make an impact, and its vital role in educating and connecting people around the globe.”

Highlights from this year’s speakers during re:FRAME include:

  • PIX 2015 Keynote Speaker Cristina Mittermeier: Mittermeier, a Sony Artisan of Imagery, is a marine biologist and photographer who specializes in conservation issues surrounding fisheries and indigenous cultures. She is the founder and former president of the International League of Conservation Photographers and was recognized as one of the World’s 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Photographer
  • PIX 2015 Closing Speaker Brian Ach: Ach is a New York-based Samsung Image-logger/photographer who blurs the lines between editorial and commercial photography. From traveling with Prince as his European tour photographer to portraiture with top celebrities, Ach is equally adept behind-the-scenes, on location or in the studio. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, People, Time, Entertainment Weekly, The NY Times, and Travel and Leisure.
  • David Fitzsimmons: A leader in the children and nature movement, his “Curious Critters” picture books have sold more than 100,000 copies
  • Tim Matsui: An Emmy-nominated visual journalist and filmmaker whose work focuses on human trafficking, alternative energy, and the environment
  • Brian Smith: A Pulitzer-prize winning photographer who focuses on celebrity portraits; work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Time and Forbes
  • Aaron Huey: A National Geographic photographer who’s captured stories around the world, which have also appeared in Harper’s magazine
  • Laura Winslow: Portrait and commercial photographer whose work has appeared in Real Simple, Rangefinder and on HGTV.com
  • Ibarionex Perello: Host and producer of ‘The Candid Frame’ photography podcast and contributor to MaximumFun, which produces NPR’s Bullseye
  • Rick Sammon: A Canon Explorer of Light, known as one of the most prolific working photographers today
  • Lynette Johnson: A family and wedding photographer who photographs those enduring life-threatening situations through her non-profit ‘Soulumination’
  • Devin Allen: His photos of the 2014 Ferguson riots have been shared by media organizations around the world, including Time magazine
  • Benjamin Von Wong: His hyper-realistic art style captures viewers in a fusion of special effects and innovative concepts
  • Max Lowe: A National Geographic photographer and writer who shares his experiences of extraordinary moments, wildlife, people and places

All of the speakers will share thought-provoking and inspiring stories about the impact of photography on their lives and work. Each discussion, including the keynote and closing speech, will be live-streamed via pix2015.com, Amazon, and other partner sites. For the complete list and schedule of speakers during re:FRAME at PIX 2015, please visit: www.pix2015.com/schedule

PMA InnovationNow drives “photo explosion” conversation

Gaby Mullinax, Fullterton Photographics; TJ Rak, The Artona Group; Haim Ariav, Glossy Finish by Lifetouch; and Paul Atkins, Atkins Photo, were on the lively "Getting There…Reinventing the Output Creation Experience" panel.

Gaby Mullinax, Fullterton Photographics; TJ Rak, The Artona Group; Haim Ariav, Glossy Finish by Lifetouch; and Paul Atkins, Atkins Photo, were on the lively “Getting There…Reinventing the Output Creation Experience” panel.

Attendees at day two of PMA InnovationNow Photo Business and Technology Summit agreed on one thing: The opportunity is enormous for the output business.

How to take advantage of this opportunity, as an industry, was the main topic of many heated discussions during yesterday’s summit at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco.

Joe Rago, director of mobile innovation, at Walgreens explained how Walgreens leveraged a core advantage – brick-and-mortar stores – to drive and to facilitate mobile and web traffic. This included creating a third-party photo API, which has led to 160 integration in three years. Walgreens also reacted to competitors by doubling down on in-store photo products, where competitors were reducing the emphasis on the category. This even includes traditional snapshots:  “Never underestimate the power the 4-by-6 print (and square prints) to drive traffic to the store,” said Rago.

As moderator Scott Brownstein said yesterday, the “photo explosion” in recent years has been driven by technology, and two surprise speakers reinforced that viewpoint.

Bradley Horowitz, vice president, Photos and Streams, Google, said the recently launched “Google Photos is culmination of a lifetime of innovation” in his career. He noted Google is just beginning – “at the base of the pyramid” – in its involvement in the photo industry.
David Pearson, director business development, Amazon Cloud Drive, provided a full presentation on Amazon’s cloud strategy. He observed the “unconnected” populations are shrinking and, in 2016, up to 36 percent of content will be stored in the cloud. Consumers are adopting the cloud quickly, and Amazon is poised to be the platform for photo storage, sharing and product creation. Amazon is looking for partnerships to be the back-end provider to photo product providers, not only for storage, but also for other functions, like image recognition, organization, and categorization.
The afternoon sessions featured extensive panel discussions with industry stakeholders – single-store retailers and labs, online service providers, mass merchandisers, pro photographers and more – discussing ways to open the photo output market beyond today’s limited infrastructure. For PMA members, the InnovationNow session recordings will soon be available at the just-launched Knowledge Hub in the new PMA website.

 (Photos above, courtesy of Martin Wagner, Ringfoto)

PIX2015 to let consumers experience world of photography with a live-streamed expo, conference

pix2015-logoPhoto Interactive Experience (PIX2015) is a first-of-its-kind family-friendly live-streamed expo, conference and interactive photo playground taking place Oct 67 at the Seattle Center’s Expo Hall and McCaw Hall, Seattle, Wash. This exciting event will also be live streamed to viewers around the world via pix2015.com.

Presented by the world’s leading digital photography website, DPReview, in association with Amazon.com and Photo Marketing Association, PIX2015 is ideal for seasoned photo enthusiasts, photography novices looking to improve their photo-taking abilities, and those with a passion for photography who are inspired by powerful stories told through the lens of a camera, according to organizers.

“This is an exciting time in the world of photography, with more photos being taken and shared than ever before. PIX 2015 is a celebration of the creative possibilities offered by the latest cameras, accessories and software,” said Simon Joinson, general manager, DPReview and the event’s organizer. “We have two stages featuring a stellar lineup of speakers, including some of the best photographers in the world, and a hall full of all the latest gear, unique hands-on photo activities, shooting opportunities and experts to help visitors learn how to capture, and share, stunning images of their friends, families and life events. Also, I’m very excited that we’ll be live streaming video at many of the events and talks as they happen at PIX 2015 on October 6th and 7th, and archiving it for a worldwide audience and for future generations of photographers to learn from and enjoy.”

PIX2015: The expo

The live expo on Oct 6-7 is designed as a ‘photography playground’ with demo stages, interactive touch exhibits, and a wide variety of hands-on shooting experiences for photographers of all ages and levels of experience. The exciting world of creative photography and videography technology will be on full display by leading companies in the industry, featuring everything from the latest cameras and accessories to photo manipulation software and apps.

Camera and lens makers including Sony, Samsung, Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon and Sigma will be demonstrating their latest products and answering questions regarding their equipment. Visitors will be able to watch photography demonstrations and try their hands at techniques with expert instruction so they can experience firsthand how to take great photos in a variety of shooting scenarios. Visitors will also be able to take advantage of special show pricing on an enticing selection of the latest photo gear, courtesy of Amazon.com.


Taking place in the beautiful lecture theater at McCaw Hall, Re:FRAME is a two-day program featuring a diverse line-up of some of the best photographers in the world sharing thought-provoking and inspiring stories about the impact of photography in their lives and work. All discussions and keynote presentations will be streamed live on pix2015.com, Amazon.com and other partner sites.

Reserved-seat passes for the Re:FRAME program of talks are available for a fee, in very limited quantities at www.pix2015.com.

The entire program of talks, panels, presentations and demos from the expo hall stage and all the re:FRAME talks will be streamed live on the pix2015.com website (as well as on Amazon.com and Twitch.tv). Online visitors will be able to watch edited highlights from the show floor as well as being able to take advantage of the special show deals on the latest camera gear courtesy of Amazon.com. Once the event concludes, the entire collection of talks, demos and show floor highlights will be available online at DPReview, PIX2015.com and on other video platforms.

Mobile Photo Connect announces program, speaker lineup

Mobile Photo Connect, the leading annual forum for entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives driving the technologies and businesses behind the surge in mobile imaging and visual communication, announced its full program and speaker lineup for its upcoming Sept. 29 conference.

The event’s main theme, “Prospering in the emerging ‘Photos at your fingertips’ era,” will be explored through a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and technology demonstrations:

Special Presentations

David Vaskevitch 

David Vaskevitch  is a visionary software architect, business innovator, author, former CTO of Microsoft, imaging entrepreneur and photography enthusiast. He’ll draw on his unique command of key technology trends to discuss the forces that will shape the imaging industry in years to come.

Jen Pollack Bianco

Jen Pollack Bianco is an award-winning professional travel photographer and blogger, whose smartphone photos are widely published, including in Apple’s World Gallery and Shot on iPhone 6 campaign. She’ll discuss how mobile imaging is changing her career and her industry.

Panel Discussions

Prospering in the emerging “Photos at your fingertips” era 

For the first time in the history of visual media, average consumers – who have been creating images at geometrically growing rates in recent years – are gaining transparent, intelligent access to their photos any time, anywhere and on any device. A new wave of business opportunities is being unleashed, while established models will be threatened with obsolescence. How will the “Photos at your fingertips” era impact every major player in the mobile photo ecosystem?

  • Yi Li, CEO, Orbeus
  • Rajiv Vaidyanathan, Head of Product, Flickr
  • Oren Boiman, CEO, co-founder, Magisto

Monetizing photo engagement

With photo engagement on mobile devices higher than ever before, building mindshare and generating sustainable revenues – whether through apps, cloud services or print output products – are top priorities for photo app developers. Where are the untapped opportunities?

  • Kealan Lennon, Founder & CEO, CleverCards
  • Charlie Carpenter, CEO, Kite
  • Wilson Kriegel, CBO & GM, PicsArt
  • Joe Rago, Director Mobile Innovation Program, Walgreens

Disrupting through hardware innovation

Recently innovative photo and video apps have been the main drivers of the visual communication revolution. But let’s not forget hardware – devices and components – had its day too, and it will again. Hear from the hardware innovators driving the next wave of user empowerment.

  • Eric Cheng, Director of Aerial Imaging, DJI
  • Jeff Cooper, Sr. Manager Business Development, Samsung

The do’s and don’ts of successful exits

Not every startup is cruising towards an IPO. “Just” an acquisition may actually be plan A – and often a highly lucrative one at that. Learn from those who’ve successfully sold their companies, including Aviary (acquired by Adobe), Kindred (its technology assets acquired by RPI), and Tiny Prints (acquired by Shutterfly).

  • Ed Han, Co-Founder, Nowvel
  • Vijay Vachani, Director, Partner Ecosystem, Adobe
  • Alex Austin, CEO, Branch/Kindred

The Envelope Please – expert feedback on the app show-and-tell demos

Hear from a judging panel of key industry movers and shakers which of the photo and video apps demoed in our 3 show-and-tell sessions stood out – and why.  Which apps have the biggest potential to succeed? Who will be named best-of-conference?

  • James Joaquin, Co-founder and Managing Director, Obvious Ventures
  • Jackie Dove, Creativity Editor, The Next Web
  • Jen Pollack Bianco, Editor-in-chief, My Life’s A Trip

Show-and-Tell Sessions

In 3 fast-paced sessions, spread throughout the day, a total of 30 developers will show and discuss their photo or video apps in 4 minutes each.

Click here for more information about the Mobile Photo Connect program


Get up to speed with speed geeking at InnovationNow

InnovationNow logoTired of the same old conference program, filled with Powerpoints and demos? PMA InnovationNow Photo Business & Technology Summit Sept. 27-28, 2015, changes things up by adding a new interactive feature: Speed Geeking. Think of Speed Geeking as speed dating, but for technology companies.

Here’s how it works: At the end of the program on Sept. 27, a small number of tables will be in the foyer. Presenters at each table will have a set amount of time 10 minutes to demo or pitch their product or service to whomever is at the table. Then a bell rings, and the presenters move to a new table. Then the presentations repeats and so on. This fun, fast-paced format gets conversations going, allowing effective networking to happen.

Join leaders like Mediaclip, Mixbook, Live Portrait and more who will showcase their latest innovations in relaxed atmosphere. Interested in demonstrating? There are still a few spots left, so contact Kathy Bradley at kbradley@pmai.org for all the details. Space is limited, so act now. You don’t want to miss out!

InnovationNow will also present the Out of the Box Awards, honoring pioneers in the business of photography. Register today to ensure your place at InnovationNow – and your place in the future of photography.

The Summit

What: InnovationNow Photo Business and Technology Summit represents the necessary first step on a journey to inform, to ideate and to implement the kind of products, services, mass-market awareness and ease of participation that was responsible for driving the analog photo business to historical levels of sales and profitability.

Who: Leading photo industry executives

Where: Hilton Parc 55, San Francisco, CA

When: Sept. 27-28, 2015

Registration link: http://www.pmai.org/registration-rates-and-deadlines/

PMA teams with DPReview on PIX2015 to educate consumers on imaging tech

PixScreenshot2-1030x628Photo Marketing Association International (PMA) has partnered with DPReview and PIX2015 to educate consumers about what’s happening in the world of photographic technology. PIX2015: “Experience the World of Photography” will be both a live event held at the Seattle Center Exposition Hall and a live-streamed event via Twitch. With more than 35,000-square-feet of exhibition space with demo stages, interactive touch, try and feel exhibits, and unique shooting experiences, it is designed as the premier event for consumers to experience the world of photography.

Attendees at PIX2015 will have the opportunity to learn the basics they need to choose and use a camera, and they’ll get coaching from professional photographers. PIX2015 will also present attendees with fun, practical demonstrations throughout the show, so they can experience firsthand how to take great photos in a variety of shooting scenarios. They also will be able to try their hand at a new photo technique and discover how the latest technology is transforming image making and sharing, as well as creating innovative photo products. Video highlights of PIX2015 will be made available to all Amazon Prime customers through Amazon Prime Video, and all content will be permanently archived on DPReview, YouTube, Vimeo and other partner sites.

PMA will bring to PIX2015 the “How It’s Made” Creative Lounge & Marketplace. PMA is working with a professional designer to incorporate products created by its members in a beautifully designed space, so consumers can see what it feels like to live with the photo products that exist. Gaby Mullinax, PMA president and president of Fullerton Photographics Inc., will serve as the spokesperson for the marketplace. In addition, PMA will develop a Photo App Bar at PIX2015 for attendees to experience the newest photo apps.

Third-party apps drive mobile photo

Advances in smartphone hardware, APIs and native apps are driving third-party photo app vendors to new frontiers

Reinventing the Camera App Market

Reinventing the Camera App Market

Native smartphone camera apps do much more than enable basic camera functions. These apps include features such as HDR, burst, dual focus/exposure points, exposure compensation and panoramic image capture that were once the exclusive domain, and the main value proposition, of third-party camera apps. While this might appear to doom prospects for these third-party camera apps, Reinventing the Camera App Market, the latest study from mobile-photography research firm Suite 48 Analytics, comes to a different conclusion.

Late last year, Google and Apple substantially enhanced their smartphone camera APIs, giving camera app developers a whole range of opportunities to access the improved capabilities of the newer phones’ hardware, and in doing so differentiate their products from native camera apps. According to the study, numerous apps have already taken advantage of these advanced APIs with many more soon to come.

“As smartphone cameras get better and better, mobile photographers’ expectations for photo quality have likewise increased – they’re demanding better smartphone photo capture tools,” says Hans Hartman, president, Suite 48 Analytics and report author. “For a long time, smartphone photographers were willing to live with lower resolution, grainy, or otherwise low-quality photos, as long as they could still make these photos look enticing through filters from apps like Hipstagram and later Instagram. Going forward, filters are an option for creative expression – not a requirement to make the photos worth keeping or sharing.”

The study concludes the camera app market has become a “long tail” market, served by three main categories of apps:

  • Camera apps offering SLR-like control of the smartphone camera, such as A Better Camera, Camera+, Manual, or ProCamera 8 + HDR.
  • Camera apps focusing on ease-of-use, such as Z Camera and Camera51.
  • Specialized camera apps with specific use cases, such as CamFindFast Burst Camera, Slow Shutter Cam, or Mobile Hidden Camera.

Features offered by third-party camera apps exceeding native-OS camera apps include manual shutter-speed control, extended digital zoom, manual focusing, ISO control, fill-in light, RAW export, stabilizer, semi-automatic presets, screen shutter button, incognito shutter release, EXIF data input, ultra fast burst, composition assistance, manual HDR bracketing, image recognition and on-screen photo capture guidance.

Josephine Herrick Project announces benefit party, photography auction

Amanda Means, Maidenhair Fern, 1990

Amanda Means, Maidenhair Fern, 1990

The Josephine Herrick Project (JHP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students through the communicative power of photography, will host its annual Benefit Party and Photography Auction, Oct 19,at Affirmation Arts in New York City. Proceeds from the event will help support and sustain the foundation’s extensive community and youth programs which center on photography as a powerful learning and communications tool. The focal point of the evening will center on its live (and online) auction of original photographs from some of the world’s most notable and legendary photographers, whose proceeds represent approximately 25 percent of the foundation’s operating budget to continue funding education programs for adults and children nationwide. In cooperation with Paddle8, a New York-based auction house, art lovers around the world will be able to bid on their favorite photographs online.

“Since 1941, The Josephine Herrick Program has brought the magic of photography to more than 100,000 disadvantaged Americans and the core of its success lies with the unwavered support of the photographic community,” explains Jackie Augustine, president of JHP. “This annual event is a great representation of how artists, manufacturers, and executives from the photo community work together for a common cause.”