About a third of young adults 20-26 and 20% of teens say they’ve sent or posted naked or semi-naked photos or videos of themselves, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. A third of teen boys and 40% of young men say they’ve seen nude or semi-nude images sent to someone else; about a quarter of teen girls and young adult women have. 39% of teens and 59% of those ages 20-26 say they’ve sent suggestive text messages.73% said they knew sending sexually suggestive content “can have serious negative consequences,” yet 22% said it’s “no big deal.”
According to InfoTrends, 40 mln digital cameras will be sold in the United States in 2008, up from 37 mln in 2007. Of those, 2.5 mln will be SLRs, up from 2 mln in 2007.
The Canon EOS Digital SLR, Canon PowerShot G, Fujifilm Finepix S, Lumix (Panasonic) DMC-TZ, Nikon D and Sony Cyber-shot T series rank highest in customer satisfaction with digital cameras in their respective segments, according to the J.D. Power and Associates. The Fujifilm Finepix S series ranks highest in the point and shoot segment with an index score of 757 on a 1,000-point scale, performing particularly well in picture quality, performance and ease of operation. Kodak model series also perform well in the segment and follow the Fujifilm Finepix S in the rankings with the Kodak V series (739), Kodak Z series (731) and Kodak M Series (727).
Among premium point and shoot cameras, the Canon PowerShot G series and the Lumix (Panasonic) DMC-TZ series tie to rank highest, each receiving a score of 773. The Canon PowerShot, in particular, performs well in the picture quality and ease of operation factors. The Lumix (Panasonic) DMC-FZ series follows in the segment with a score of 766, receiving high ratings from customers in the performance factor. In the ultra slim segment, the Sony Cyber-shot T series leads with 794, performing particularly well in all four factors driving customer satisfaction. The Casio Exilim Zoom series (766) ranks second and the Fujifilm FinePix Z series closely follows to rank third with 761.
The Canon EOS Digital SLR and Nikon D series both rank highest in a tie among DSLR cameras, each receiving a score of 823. The Canon EOS Digital SLR receives notably high ratings from customers in picture quality, while the Nikon D series—which ranks highest for a second consecutive year—performs particularly well in ease of operation, performance, and appearance and styling. The study finds that among features that owners want in their next camera, weatherproofing is mentioned most frequently by owners in both the point and shoot (67%), and premium point and shoot (68%) segments, while ultra slim owners desire 4 GB internal memory capacity and DSLR owners desire waterproofing (63%).
Pricing strength will contribute to a strong Q1 2008 for small/medium displays, with global revenue reaching $6.4 bln in Q1 2008, up 17.3% from $5.4 bln in the Q1 2007, according to iSuppli. Revenue in Q1 2008 will decline by 6.5% compared to Q4 2007, but such a seasonal slowdown is typical in the small/medium market. For all of 2008, small/medium display revenue is expected to rise to $27.6 bln, up 14.7% from $24 bln in 2007. This represents a significant acceleration compared to 8.8% growth in 2006.
The global Average Selling Price (ASP) of small/medium displays used for digital photo frames rose to $30 in Q4 2007, up 20% from $25 in Q3 2007. The ASP for small/medium displays for tiny LCD televisions rose to $8.40 in the fourth quarter, up 2.4% from $8.20 in Q3 2007, according to iSuppli.
|Notebook Computers||$19.6 billion||23%|
|LCD TVs||$13.5 billion||74%|
|Desktop Computers||$9.1 billion||2%|
|Digital Cameras||$6.6 billion||-3%|
|MP3 Players||$6.3 billion||7%|
|Source: The NPD Group/Consumer Tracking Service|
US digital camera shipments grew 31% in Q4 2007 from Q4 2006, to 16.6 mln units, IDC said. For the full year of 2007, the US market grew by 23% to 37.7 mln units. Canon held onto the lead in market share for the third consecutive year with 23%, while Sony had an 18% share, and Kodak had 16%.
Digital camera sales in China are expected to reach 8.3701 mln sets in 2008, according to CCID Consulting. Sales volume in Q1-Q3 2007 reached 5.9208 million sets. The figure for Q4 2007 is expected to hit 2.4493 mln sets. For the whole year, total sales volume will reach 8.3701 mln sets, up by 29.9% over 2006.
Chinese video surveillance camera markets earned revenues of $213.8 mln in 2006 and estimates this to reach $484.3 mln in 2013, Frost & Sullivan reports.
Asia Pacific digital cameras market (excluding Japan) is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.9% from 2006 to 2013, Frost & Sullivan says.
NPD points out that in the twelve months ending September 2007, while digital still camera unit sales were up 20%, revenue increased by only 3%. Concurrently revenues from camera accessories (e.g., lenses, batteries, external flashes, filters and tripods) increased more than 50% during the same time period. DSLR camera buyers are far more likely to purchase accessories than are consumers who purchase simpler point-and-shoot digital cameras. Still, 69% of point-and-shoot digital camera consumers and 54% of DSLR buyers left the store without purchasing anything beyond what was included in the initial purchase price of their new digital cameras.
Worldwide, there were 2.8 mln digital frames shipped in 2006, and the average selling price was $168, according to IDC. By 2011, IDC said, shipments will increase to 42.3 mln units, with US shipments representing 54% of the market. In 2006, IDC said, the 5-to-6.9″ frame category made up the bulk of the marke, but the 7-to-8.9″ category will dominate in 2007 and retain the top spot throughout 2011.
Shipments of digital cameras to the United States in Q3 2007 rose 22%. Canon remained the top selling brand, with a 23% market share. Next was Sony at 18%, while Eastman Kodak had a 15% share, IDC said. Samsung saw its US market share halved to about 4%.
CMOS sensors held nearly an 80% share of image sensor shipments in 2006. CCD sensors remain strong in digital still cameras, security cameras, and camcorders. Dual-camera phones are in high demand among 3G wireless subscribers in Asia and Europe, In-Stat reported.
The average digital camera price is projected to slip from $298 in 2006 to $191 in 2011 in North America, InfoTrends says. In the compact camera segment, average prices are projected to drop from $262 in 2006 to $163 in 2011. Digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras, which offer higher performance and interchangeable lenses but are bulkier and costlier, are projected to drop from $966 to $507 over the same period. People are taking a lot of photos, up from about 50 bln a year in 2007 to about 60 bln in 2011. 2006 was the year the bulk of the digital camera market switched over from first-time buyers to repeat buyers. In 2007, 73% were repeat buyers, and in 2011, it should be 97%.
InfoTrends estimates that 67% of US households had digital cameras in 2006, up from 42% in 2004.
More than 60% of US mobile phone users have camera functionality in their phones in 2007, up from about 40% in 2006. In-Stat predicts more than 1 bln camera phones will be in use by year-end 2007.
ABI Research says automotive cameras market will enjoy a revenue stream well in excess of $100 mln by 2012.
The installed base of camera phones will exceed 1 bln in 2007, as mature market replacement sales above one megapixel and emerging market first digital camera phone purchases (typically VGA) continue to drive sales. Camera phones have been a huge success, with unit sales rising from three mln in 2001 to 500 mln in 2006, Strategy Analytics.
The image sensor market reached $6 bln in 2006, a jump of over 30% over 2005, with sales expected to grow another 14% in 2007, according to Strategies Unlimited.
In Europe and Asia, 75% of wireless subscribers have a camera phone, In-Stat estimates. In 2006, 41.3% of respondents reported having camera functionality in their mobile devices. In 2007, that number jumped to 62.0%. The 50.1% increase is statistically significant and may be attributed to industry standardization. Another big leap was the%age of people who reported having a camcorder in their wireless handset. In 2006, 10.0% of respondents reported camcorder functionality. In 2007, 15.7% of respondents said their handset had this capacity.
20% of digital camera owners use their digital camera for artistic purposes, for moonlighting job, or to master photography skills. This segment of photo customers is called the advanced amateur or prosumer segment and has been generating much of the business at camera stores around the country for many years. Manay advanced amateurs are possible candidates looking to enter the studio photography business at some point, as well. Digital advanced amateur customers were 20% more likely to purchase a camera in 2006, Photo Marketing Association says.
85% of UK consumers are using text messaging to stay connected to their peers at all times and more than 80% of new phones sold are camera phones, Telephia reports. MySpace is the site receiving content from the highest number of mobile consumers, with 21% of mobile uploaders saying that they have sent content there.
41% of US households own a camera phone and 21% own an MP3 music phone, Parks Associates says.
IDC says 29.8 mln cameras were sold in the USA in 2006, up 5% from the prior year. IDC projects sales of 30 mln for 2007.