Image sensor market to grow at 30% a year

Camera vendors such as Sony, Olympus, Canon, Kodak and Fuji are seeing very solid growth, with unit shipments doubling from 2002 to 2003. Digital still cameras now handily out-ship 35mm point-and-shoot models.

Camera vendors such as Sony, Olympus, Canon, Kodak and Fuji are seeing very solid growth, with unit shipments doubling from 2002 to 2003. Digital still cameras now handily out-ship 35mm point-and-shoot models. CCDs are the choice in this market, primarily due to superior image quality. In the low-end digital still camera, or toy market, CMOS is seeing great success due primarily to lower costs. The total image sensor market is expected to grow over 30% annually through 2008, with CMOS responsible for the lion's share of the growth.