Friday, August 3, 2007

IDC: Samsung very close to beating Kodak for the #3 spot (USA)

The IDC numbers for Q2:2007 are out. Q2 is the 2nd quarter, April, May and June of 2007. IDC is a market research firm. Shipments increased by 22% compared to the same time period of 2006, and IDC is raising their forecasts. This sounds good for the camera industry, although it also depends on what type of cameras are leading the growth. For example if you have a bunch of $100-$120 cameras increasing dramatically, but those over $300 are slowing down, that's not good. I am saying this because there has been an increase in cameras around $100, even Canon's A4xx-series is close to that.

Sources: News.com, Imaging Insider, IDC analyst Christopher Chute

Canon continues it's run at #1 with 26%, Sony at the #2 spot with 18%, and Kodak barely holding off Samsung with 12% (shipments down 15%) vs 11%. Samsung's ambitious goal of becoming the #3 marketshare leader is looking more reasonable. What could save Kodak? The $80 CMOS-based Easyshare C513!

Here are the numbers for the first quarter of 2007 for comparison. Compared to Q1 of 2007, Canon gained 5%, Sony gained 2%, Kodak lost 1%, and Samsung stayed put. The growth rate year-over-year was 22% this quarter, vs 6% of last quarfter (Q1)

More on this later on...

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