Sony is in deep trouble. The company has been forced to slash its earnings forecast by 57 percent amid deteriorating economic conditions and its inability to compete more effectively in markets throughout the world.
Of course, Sony will still post a profit--most analysts claim that it'll be about $500 million--but the downturn speaks to Sony's issues and the fact that this once-dominant company has been downgraded to an also-ran in the industry.
Remember the days of Sony dominance? It was a time when the Walkman was on the minds of tech lovers around the world and the PlayStation moniker was held in the highest regard. Sony TVs were everywhere, and the company's ability to capitalize on any market was truly astounding.
But since then, Sony has lost its way. It's no longer a company that can rely on its name to beat other companies to a pulp, and with more competitors realizing how to beat Sony, it has quickly become irrelevant in many markets.
Sony's presence in the digital-camera sector is suspect, and its gaming business, once one of the most profitable departments at the company, has become an embarrassment of epic proportions. Although its PlayStation Portable is expected to beat forecasts, the Playstation 3 has proven to be one of the biggest blunders the company has ever committed.… Read more
Toronto police launched an innovative gun amnesty program on Wednesday. It's dubbed Pixels for Pistols, and through it, police are offering to give out a Nikon digital camera to anyone turning in a firearm.
A handgun or assault rifle is worth a $400 Nikon Coolpix S52 and a shotgun nets a $250 Nikon Coolpix P60. The deal includes free photography lessons.
The amnesty program will run for four weeks, according to Henry's camera store, which is providing the cameras.
This might be a good idea for U.S. cities with a lot of street crime. Other amnesty programs … Read more
If you believe you're going to find an excellent ultracompact camera for less than $130, it's time to get your believer fixed. However, at this price point it's possible to find one worth owning if you have few feature needs and/or low expectations. The Sony Cyber-shot S750 is one such camera.
Its greatest assets are its small size, light weight, above-average looks, and simple operation. The S750 is a camera you can feel comfortable throwing in your bag so you always have a shooter that's more than likely better than the one in your phone. … Read more
With the USB negative scanner, you can get back at friends who have been tagging ghastly teenage pictures of you on Facebook.
The gizmo plugs directly into your USB port and all you have to do is push the film holder through the slot at the bottom of the device. The Windows XP/Vista-only software will then scan and convert your negatives into 5-megapixel full-color photos. We did the math for you; you'll probably need about 22 scans to make your purchase worthwhile. And, of course, a little bit of time to upload and tag the old school pictures … Read more
Designer Jian Guan is a self-professed fan of distortion caused by fisheye lenses. To him, pictures taken with these optics show more of the environment and can be useful for 3D rendering. This is probably why he formulated the Fun Camera.
Shaped like a magnifying glass, the shooter houses a 16-millimeter lens and has a mirror so you can take distorted self-portraits. While it does have its entertainment value, we see some practical use for it: Real estate agents can use the Fun Camera and snap a shot that shows much more view of the room, though the distorted walls … Read more
When Panasonic announced its first interchangeable-lens camera, the Lumix DMC-G1, it said the camera would cost less than $800. Today it's official: $799.95 with the 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 (28-90mm equivalent) lens.
That price puts it in direct competition with inexpensive dSLR models like the Nikon D60 and Canon Rebel XS; it's a bit smaller compared to those, but lacks an optical viewfinder, which is a significant disadvantage. And it's significantly more expensive than more compact, fixed-lens enthusiast competitors like Panasonic's own LX3 and the Canon PowerShot G10. As yet, performance is a big unknown.… Read more