Nikon Corp. announced on August 3 the financial results for the first quarter ending on June 30, reporting that the total revenue for the period gained a 0.6% year-on-year to 170.3 billion yen, profit in operation declined 31.1% to 12.4 billion yen and net profit down 39.5% to 8.89 billion yen. In the Imaging Products segment, sales of mid-class cameras such as the D7500, a digital SLR camera released in June this year were firm, with unit sales increasing significantly in the U.S. Accordingly, the performance in revenue and operating profit exceeded the planned targets, but compared to the last year, a decease in revenue and operating profit was recorded due to a product mix change caused by the stagnant demand for the D5 and the D500. The company sold 720,000 units of interchangeable-lens cameras, 1.08 million units of interchangeable lenses and 770,000 compact digital cameras. The company said the unit sales of compact digital cameras declined but the average unit price rose about 30%.
19th August is celebrated as World Photography Day every year. To add to the celebrations, ASUS announced the launch of its latest smartphone ZenFone Zoom S. With its slim and lightweight body, this new phone is specifically built for photography. It features dual 12MP cameras with 2.3X true optical zoom and 12X total zoom. Its SuperPixel camera provides a pixel size of 1.4 micron. It features the Sony IMX362 sensor and provides a large f/1.7 lens aperture. It also features a fouraxis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and three-axis Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), RGB Colour-correction sensor for auto colour adjustments, 48MP Super Resolution mode that combines four native 12MP photos to create a single large image and 19 different capture modes. ASUS ZenFone Zoom S comes with a 5.5in Full HD 1920 x 1080 AMOLED display, along with 2.5D contoured Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 14nm Octa-core @ 2.0 GHz processor. This new ZenFone comes with a 5000mAh battery that can last up to 2 days. The new ASUS ZenFone Zoom S is launched online and will be available exclusively on Flipkart at INR 26,999.
HP Inc. India has installed the HP Indigo WS6800 digital press at Skanem Interlabels in Mumbai. Skanem Interlabels is one of India’s leading labeling solution providers and leader in selfadhesive labels. The installation of Indigo press from HP will enable Skanem Interlabels to offer a complete digital labeling solutions for their clients. With the latest HP Indigo WS6800 installation, Skanem Interlabels is all set to double their capacity and offer faster service to their customers. The HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press delivers high productivity, wide versatility, and intelligent colour automation. This will enable Skanem Interlabels to cater to the self-adhesive labels and also deliver innovative printing solutions to both its global and domestic clients as well. Speaking on the continued business association with Skanem Interlabels, Country Manager of Indigo and Inkjet Web Press, HP Inc. India—A. Appadurai said, “Skanem Interlabels has been one of our most valued partners since 2011 and is known to provide state of the art labelling solutions to their customers across the country. To help them further their growth, we partnered with them to provide our best-inclass HP Indigo WS6800. With its capability for printing variety of labeling and packaging applications, high productivity through higher speed and in line priming units and accurate colour management through the inline spectrophotometer, HP Indigo WS6800 will help Skanem Interlabels in catering to challenging requirements of their end customers.”