Digital camera sales tanking hard due to rising smartphone sales

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 21 2012 @ 13:58 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
IndustryWeek reports booming sales of smartphones are crashing demand for point-and-shoot cameras. Last decade the rise of the digital camera obliterated the market for photographic film, and now phones with built-in cameras are having a heavy impact on digital camera sales.

Due to harsh economic conditions and growing rivalry from smartphones, sales of point-and-shoot digital cameras among Japanese firms collapsed 48 percent from September 2011 to September 2012, while sales of dSLR cameras fell by 7.4 percent in the same timeframe.
Firms are scrambling to keep improving picture quality, offer features such as water-proofing and expand their Internet features, like allowing users to share pictures through social media networks.

Camera makers say growth areas include emerging economies -- where many own neither a camera nor a smartphone -- along with replacement demand among compact-camera owners.

And the fall-off in demand has not been as stark for the pricier detachable lens cameras favored by avid photographers and growing ranks of camera-buff retirees, particularly in rapidly ageing Japan, they say.


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