Taiwanese digital camera OEMs and ODMs believe 2.8" and 3" LCD displays for digital cameras will remain mainstream until the second half of 2008 when 3.5" may overtake their role:
Most mid-range and high-end digital camera offered by international brands, including Canon, Samsung and Casio, are equipped with screens of 2.8 or 3 inches, whereas screen sizes for entry-level models of about five megapixels generally range from 2.2 inches to 2.5 inches, the sources indicated.
As a 3.5-inch LCD screen costs 30-40% more than an LCD screen of 2.8-3 inches and consumes more power, 3.5-inch screens will generally not be adopted for a while, the sources pointed out.
However, the increasing addition of built-in functions of gaming, document browsing and map navigation to digital cameras is leading to demand for larger displays, the sources indicated. In addition, the production cost of small-sized TFT-LCD panels is dropping and power management technology is improving, the sources noted.
Within a couple of years we can even expect digital cameras with a 4.3-inch display.