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Here are Graphs Showing Camera Trends On Flickr Over the Past Two Years

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Last week we shared some interesting data about the most popular cameras on Flickr over the course of 2014. Today Flickr released some new charts that offer an inside look at camera trends over the past couple of years.
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CNN Gets Permission from FAA to Experiment with Camera Drones in News Gathering

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Last week we reported that an Arizona realtor has become the first in the US to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval for using a drone for real estate images. Yesterday, CNN announced that it has also received a nod of approval from the FAA.

The news company says it will partner with the FAA to “advance efforts” in using camera drones for “news gathering and reporting.”
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Canon is Japanese Patent King in the United States for 10th Straight Year

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When it comes to filing and obtaining patents from the US government, no Japanese company is as active as Canon. For the 10th straight year, Canon has ranked 1st among all Japanese companies in terms of patents awarded. Its 4,055 patents from 2014 also ranks Canon 3rd overall among all companies.
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Canon to Return Camera Production to Japan as Yen Value Tumbles

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The value of the Japanese yen has tumbled in recent months, and that could mean changes to where Japanese camera companies choose to manufacture their products. Canon is one company that is making changes in response to the changing economic landscape: it says it plans to bring more of its camera manufacturing back to Japan.
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Yongnuo Products Are Now Carried by B&H, Including a Canon Lens Clone

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Yongnuo has taken another big step towards legitimacy as a third party brand for camera gear. The Chinese company’s wares are now being carried by B&H, the largest non-chain camera store in the United States and one of the largest gear retailers in the world.
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Leaked Nikon Press Release Reveals New Program of Advanced DSLR Firmware Updates

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Fuji has generated a great deal of customer loyalty and satisfaction with its “Kaizen” (“change good”) policy of frequent and significant firmware updates that beef up existing cameras with exciting new features. Nikon may soon follow suit.

An apparently leaked press release suggests that Nikon will soon be launching a new program that gives Nikon DSLR owners the ability to download “advanced firmware updates” that add “new functionality” to their cameras.
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VSCO Acquires Photo Book Startup Artifact Uprising

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VSCO may be trying to branch out from film emulation software and enter the business of photo books. The company has announced that it has acquired photo book printing startup Artifact Uprising.
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Why Unsplash is Hurting Photographers

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Launched back in 2013, Unsplash is a site which posts ten handpicked photos every ten days and these photos are absolutely free. By “free” I don’t mean “free to download” — they’re free to use everywhere and in any way you want. Commercially and whatnot.

Which is a great thing, right? Finally, a place with photos hip enough to use on a lifestyle blog or design agency’s website. I’ve seen hundreds of sites using them, including ecommerce. I’ve also seen them used in magazines, on T-shirts, in books and as prints. People are now earning money from unattributed Unsplash photos — everyone, it seems, but the photographers who took them.
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Arizona Realtor Becomes First to Get FAA Permission for Aerial Drone Photography

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The Federal Aviation Administration is notoriously strict about the use of aerial camera drones for commercial purposes. Much of the commercial imagery you’ll find online was captured “illegally” without the permission of the agency.

Yesterday, realtor Douglas Trudeau of Tucson, Arizona became the first real estate agent in the country to be given permission to use his drone for his property listings.
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Polaroid Announces a New Mobile Printer and a New Line of… Dashcams

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Polaroid has new ownership and fresh determination to make its well known brand great again. This week the company launched a couple of new products in two similar yet different markets: mobile printing and… dashcams.
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