Digital camera shipments to U.S. up 22 percent

In its quarterly report, Research firm IDC has concluded that camera makers shipped 8.4 million units (a 22% rise over the last quarter) to the United States, fuelled by customers replacing older models at discounted prices and their desire for fashionable models with new features such as image stabilization. That's right, and it's not even holiday shopping season yet. Japan's Canon Incorporated remained the top selling brand (23% market share), Sony Incorporated claimed second place (18%), while Eastman Kodak placed third (15%) and South Korea's Samsung saw its U.S. market share halved (4%). Probably due to major price drops resulting in the devices entering a more affordable range, digital camera shipments so far this year have been stronger than expected, reversing a trend of declining growth seen over the past four years.

News source: Reuters

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