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A concise round-up of new product updates, international snippets and other interesting stuff from the wonderful world of photography: Canon serves up printing…A learning Phase…No more toy Parrots…

Canon serves up printing
Canon has re-launched the online printing service it trialled with DigiDirect last year, changing the name of the service from Canon PrintPoint to Canon PrintNow, and swapping from photo retailing chain DigiDirect to the far larger inkjet cartridge discounter, Cartridge World, as the key retail partner.

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Canon is casting a broad net searching for retail partners for its new printing initiative. So far PrintNow claims over 100 locations.

The service is primarily for inkjet-printed black and white and colour documents up to A3 size, but at launch Canon is also offering inkjet photo prints – 6x4s – for a fairly uncompetitive 80 cents per print.

It appears that Canon is casting about for more retail partners in a broad range of retailing segments –  which it will set up with A3-capable inkjet printing equipment and then register on the PrintNow website as a participating location. So far there is a chain of service stations and convenience stores also signed up as partners.

Users have to key a four-digit code into their smartphone from the Canon printer in the store to connect with it. The store does not accept payment – that’s handled online via Canon, with the partnering locations getting a cut of the proceeds.

Canon told retail website Inside Retail it has launched PrintNow in response to the ‘slow but steady decline in at-home printer sales in recent years.’  It’s interesting that Canon has chosen Cartridge World as a partner, as the retailer specialises in selling cheap CW-brand Canon-compatible cartridges in competition to authentic inkjet cartridges from Canon.

A learning Phase
Phase One distributors CR Kennedy and Specular are joining forces next month to present a comprehensive, 2-day training Phase One Certified Professional (POCP) course, designed to provide attendees with practical and theoretical training in Phase One Camera Systems, Digital Backs and Capture One Software.

The course will be held at CR Kennedy offices in Sydney, August 8-9) and Melbourne (August 15-16)

The certification is to provide proof that a digital tech or digital operator possesses a certain set of skills and knowledge.

Attendees who successfully complete the course will be listed on the Phase One website as a certified professional in their home city and also receive a full Capture One Pro 12 license, valued at $465.

A full range of topics covering both Phase One hardware and Capture One software is covered.

There are two steps to securing certification:
– Take the online prerequisite course and pass all sections;
– Attend the official Phase One Certification training course and pass the online exam within 5 days of attending the course.

For more information or to register:

No more toy Parrots
French drone manufacturer Parrot is stepping away from the consumer end of the drone market, handing what meagre market share it had over to DJI in the absence of another competitor. It wil still offer the slightly upmarket, compact and foldable Anafi model and develop it for more commercial applications as the Anafi Thermal (pictured right).

While consumer interest in drones hasn’t waned, DJI has a stranglehold on the market, with a reported 75 percent market share and Parrot has been suffering staff cutbacks as a result.

The commercial sector is also growing, and is way less price sensitive. The US Federal Aviation Administration predicts then commercial drone market could triple in size by 2023.


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