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Mark Peters : May 18th 2005 - 23:50 CET
Kodak shipped the most digital cameras in the USA

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KodakKodak shipped the most digital cameras in the USA : Eastman Kodak Co., which shipped more digital cameras in the United States in 2004 than any of its Japanese rivals, retained its edge in the first quarter, a market research firm said Monday. Kodak shipped 900,000 point-shoot digital cameras to domestic retailers in the January-to-March quarter - 41 per cent more than in the first quarter of 2004 - and its market share rose to 20.4 per cent from 18.1 per cent a year ago, according to IDC, based in Framingham, Mass. Canon strengthened to a second-place ranking with 850,000 shipments, up 72 per cent from a year ago. Its slice of the U.S. market surged from 14 per cent to 19.3 per cent, IDC said.
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Sony, the perennial front-runner, dropped down to third spot with 800,000 shipments, or 18.1 per cent. Olympus Corp. held onto fourth place, shipping 480,000 cameras, but its market share fell to 10.9 per cent from 12.7 per cent a year ago. Next were Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. with 7.5 per cent, Fuji Photo Film Co. with 6.8 per cent and Nikon Corp. with 5.7 per cent.

Kodak share in digital camera market
In the annual digital-camera derby, Kodak chalked up its first win on home soil in 2004. It shipped 4.88 million digital cameras to domestic retailers, swelling its market share from 17.9 per cent to 21.9 per cent, IDC said. Sony was next with 4.33 million shipments, its slice of the U.S. market falling to 19.4 per cent from 21.7 per cent in 2003.

Digital cameras, a novelty item
Digital cameras, a novelty item in the late 1990s, began outselling film cameras in the United States in 2003. They were the most popular U.S. electronics gift in 2004, the Consumer Electronics Association said. More than 22.3 million digital cameras were shipped nationwide in 2004, up from 16.4 million in 2003, IDC analyst Christopher Chute said. In 2005, an estimated 27.3 million cameras will be shipped to U.S. retailers, he said.





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