Petra Ships Spring 2013 Catalog
May 17, 2013

Petra Industries this week shipped its Spring 2013 Catalog. The catalog is 1,200 pages, featuring 20,000 products from 500 manufacturers. The catalog features 3,800 new products and over 1,200 price drops. 

Windows Phone: Photography the Key to its Success?
May 21, 2012

Right now, Windows Phone isn't exactly known as a true shutterbug's preferred smartphone platform - that honor goes to Apple's iPhone. But what if Microsoft wanted to get serious about making Windows Phone a best of breed digital photography platform?

The Nokia Lumia 900, which went on sale last month to mostly positive reviews from the mainstream tech press, has a 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics. That's a good start, and puts it someplace on par with the iPhone 4S iSight camera, but I know Microsoft can do better.

The Camera Defies Smartphone Onslaught
April 25, 2012

While most attention in the gadget world is on the breakneck pace of innovation in mobile phones, tablets and computers, another device has resolutely refused to die: the camera.

Despite the onslaught of camera phones - the iPhone 4 has this year become the most popular device for posting snaps to the photo-sharing website Flickr - cameras are still being sold. Japan, the world's largest manufacturer, shipped nearly three times as many cameras in January as it did in the same month of 2003, when the camera phone was still in its infancy.

Pentax Debuts K-01 Camera
February 2, 2012

Pentax this week announced the debut of the Pentax K-01 interchangeable lens camera, which was designed by noted contemporary designer Marc Newson.

PMA@CES Adds Lucidiom, Noritsu
October 20, 2011

CEA said this week that the PMA@CES program has added several new exhibitors, including Liberty, Lucidiom, Noritsu America and Tamrac.

Pentax is Sold to Ricoh
July 4, 2011

Japanese optical glass-maker Hoya said on Friday it would sell its Pentax camera business to copier and printer maker Ricoh, in a deal the Nikkei business daily said was worth about 10 billion yen ($124.2 million).

Dealers Get Petra's Summer Sales Flier
June 8, 2011

Petra has mailed it's 2011 summer sales flier to retailers, installers and integrators. The flier has over 160 new items and lists 230 more with new reduced prices.

Pentax Launches Hope For Japan Initiative
May 4, 2011

Pentax this week announced the launch of its Hope For Japan initiative. Pentax will donate $2 on behalf of every digital or sport optics product purchased on its website,

Pentax Unveils Optio Camera
March 16, 2011

Pentax this week unveiled its new Optio RS1500 digital compact camera, an "infinitely customizable" camera that can be decorated with numerous colors, skins, logos and other decorations.