Camera phones are clicking with consumers around the world.
More than a quarter of all mobile phones to be sold globally in 2004 will
also function as cameras, according to a study from InfoTrends
Research Group. Shipments of camera phones this year will reach 150 million
units, the group said Thursday.
Other researchers have said overall handset shipments for 2004
will be in the range of 580 million to 585 million.
Sales of camera phones will see a compound annual growth rate of 55 per cent
over the next four years, to reach 656 million units in 2008, according to
In 2003, half the global market for camera phones was in Japan, but other
regions--led by China, the largest mobile phone market worldwide--will start to
shift the balance this year, InfoTrends said. By 2008, the overall market
outside Japan is likely to have a 56 per cent share of camera phone shipments
globally, the market researcher said.
Handset makers continue to churn out new picture-snapping cell phones. For
instance, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications announced this week several
handsets with built-in cameras, including the S700 handset, whose camera has a
"Growth in the camera phone market creates new opportunities for many industry players, including
handset vendors, wireless carriers and digital photofinishers," said Jill
Aldort, an analyst at InfoTrends. "Camera phones have boosted slowing worldwide
mobile phone sales, and photo messaging has contributed to an increase in data
sent over the wireless networks."