Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Cameraphones Drive Standalone Camera Sales

By way of Techdirt, a new report from IDC is refuting "what it calls the myth that cameraphones take away sales from standard digital cameras." Mobile Pipeline writes that IDC "contends that cameraphones are "gateway" devices that bring new users to digital photography and to standalone digital cameras."

According to IDC, more than 30 percent of cameraphone users expect to buy a standalone digital camera because they were introduced to digital photography by their phones.

One key finding is most users never print photos from their phone, which is likely due to the lower quality of the images. IDC analyst Chris Chute said,"The anemic number of prints supports IDC's theory that end users have more reliable expectations regarding mobile imaging than vendors themselves."