The digital camera market has expanded rapidly in the last five years. In Europe alone, CAP Ventures estimate that sales will from from 14 million sold in 2003 to 26.3 million in 2008 – and by then the market will be worth some €20 billion. Digital photography has already changed the market – Kodak will stop making non-disposable film cameras and concentrate on fun film cameras and digital devices. It won’t be long before other manufacturers follow.
Kodak and Olympus used CeBIT to launch new additions to their digital ranges. Kodak is showing off the Easyshare LS743 and LS753, with 16mb x 4 megapixel and 32mb x 5 megapixel resolutions respectively. Olympus are demonstrating their ì410 camera – this new camera features TruePic turbo which they claim improves image clarity, contrast and colour.
The growth in digital cameras has created a demand for peripherals, services and consumables – photographic printers, inks, memory cards, online services, and special papers to name just a few.