Sales of web-ready digital cameras up in Asia

Apr 04, 2013
A model poses with a digital camera during the photo imaging show in Yokohama, Japan, on January 31, 2013. 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.

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 ," Gerard Tan, account director for 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 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.

Explore further: Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Smartphones crushing point-and-shoot camera market

Nov 21, 2012

The soaring popularity of smartphones is crushing demand for point-and-shoot cameras, threatening the once-vibrant sector as firms scramble to hit back with web-friendly features and boost quality, analysts ...

Global tech industry uneven as mobile surges

Jan 07, 2013

The global tech industry has become a tale of two sectors, with mobile devices surging at the expense of older electronics that are struggling, a forecast showed.

Cameras offer advantages even to smartphone owners

Jan 28, 2013

If you have a smartphone, you likely take lots of pictures with it. So why would you ever need a stand-alone digital camera? That's a question many consumers are asking. Digital camera sales are falling, while smartphone ...

Recommended for you

Ear-check via phone can ease path to diagnosis

Dec 18, 2014

Ear infections are common in babies and young children. That it is a frequent reason for young children's visit to doctors comes as no consolation for the parents of babies tugging at their ears and crying ...

Gift Guide: Home products come with connectivity

Dec 18, 2014

Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what?

BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

Dec 17, 2014

(AP)—BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones—and most smartphone customers—have embraced touch screens.

Tag Heuer changes tune, now looking at smartwatches

Dec 16, 2014

Barely a few months after dismissing Apple's smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a hi-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm's ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Lincoln78
not rated yet Apr 24, 2013
I've been interested in these cameras ever since I first heard of them. The idea is wonderful. Especially for a person that doesn't use a smartphone like me. Having another device on your smartphone data plan is a bad idea in my opinion, but being able to use the wifi functionality seems like it would be so helpful. I had no idea that there were already 160 different cameras like this out there. I know that is on the Asian continent, but I'm sure we'll be seeing some of these models stateside once they get popular enough. I might just consider getting one. But, maybe I should hold out for an Android DSLR. lol, I wonder if that will ever happen. Seems like it would be a nightmare. We'll see.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.