Sales of web-ready digital cameras up in Asia—surveyAgence France-Presse
SINGAPORE – Sales of digital cameras that enable users to immediately post pictures on the web have risen sharply in Asia despite stiff competition from smartphones, an industry survey showed Thursday.
Market research company GfK said sales of WiFi-enabled cameras in 13 major Asian markets including Japan and China rose 52 percent from the year before to 8.44 million units in 2012 with a total value of $2.74 billion.
While WiFi-enabled digital stills cameras have been around since 2005, GfK said sales have only picked up in the past two years as manufacturers widened the range of models available and prices fell due to competition.
There are currently 160 models of WiFi-ready cameras in the market, it said.
“The introduction of the WiFi feature in cameras is definitely a right step forward to stimulate and boost the camera market in this Internet age,” Gerard Tan, account director for digital technology at GfK Asia, said in a statement.
Another emerging battleground is the market for WiFi-enabled “mirrorless” cameras, which can be made nearly as small as compact cameras but with picture quality that rivals that of their bulkier DSLR counterparts, the report said.
The GfK survey showed an eight-fold increase in the sale of WiFi-enabled mirrorless cameras last year compared to 2011, with a total of 765,600 units sold in the 13 countries surveyed.
Recent Stories:SC: Privacy laws do not apply on Facebook photos freely uploaded by Internet users 16 mins elapsed US move to protect Pemberton to weaken Filipinos’ trust in VFA, Edca—Arroyo 21 mins elapsed Family drops cremation plan for Jennifer Laude 37 mins elapsed Filipinos have worst health habits in Asia, says study 41 mins elapsed DOT to release new star ratings of PH hotels, resorts 47 mins elapsed Won’t tolerate Binay camp’s lies, says Trillanes 59 mins elapsed UPLB provides shuttle service, sets ‘curfew’ after rape incident 2 hours elapsed Heartbroken Chinese woman drowns sorrow eating at KFC 2 hours elapsed