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Q: Consumer digital photography market update ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Consumer digital photography market update
Category: Business and Money > eCommerce
Asked by: skriplani-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 08 Jun 2004 09:51 PDT
Expires: 08 Jul 2004 09:51 PDT
Question ID: 358205
About a year ago, Question ID #217005 was posted, and an excellent
answer was provided by bobbie7-ga.  I'd like to request that the same
respondent please update the answer provided a year ago with any new
information.  I'd request that you pay particular attention to a
couple of broad topics this time:

- Custom photo books created using digital images (what is happening,
who is doing it, what are they charging, projections of market size,
what types of equipment are being used to create these books, etc.)

- Usage of photo sharing websites such as ofoto/snapfish/shutterfly or
new entrants (what is usage of these websites, what is typical
pricing, why is printing volume so low relative to home printing and
in-store printing, what barriers exist to broader usage, what is the
market size, etc.)
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Consumer digital photography market update
From: bobbie7-ga on 08 Jun 2004 18:09 PDT
Hello Skriplani,

Thank you for asking for me. Since I was not able to locate all the
information you requested, I am posting my findings in the comment

Information Source: 
Consumer Electronics
July 2003? Vol.9 Issue 7  

Here is a review of the most popular Online Photo-Sharing Services. 


?Yahoo!?s photo center is among the easiest to navigate, offering an
intuitive hierarchical system for organizing your photos and a
convenient upload utility for effortless point-and-click album

?30MB of photos in your online album for free. After that, you can buy
additional storage space for as little as $2.95 per month or $24.95
per year.?


?Ofoto, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kodak, does its best to give
consumers plenty of options for sharing their pictures. The service
provides free unlimited online storage for your photos, as well as a
variety of image-editing tools and photo-printing options.

?The service will process your undeveloped film (you can send it to
them using the company?s free film mailers) and post the pictures
online for $3.95 per roll.?


?Picturetrail stands out among online photo-sharing services not only
because of its more than 2 million visitors each month, but also
because of the fact that it?s primarily a fee-based service.
Picturetrail offers a free option, however, that lets you post a
maximum of 36 photos or 20MB worth of image files to an online
ad-driven photo album. In contrast, subscribers who pay $19.95
annually for the premium service get 50MB of storage space for holding
a maximum of 500 images. ?


?The online photo-sharing features Snapfish provides are just a
byproduct of the service?s primary focus: film processing. For as
little as $2.99 for a roll of film (as many as 36 exposures), plus
$1.99 for shipping and handling, Snapfish will process your film, mail
you back the 3- x 5-inch prints or 4- x 6-inch prints, and add a
digital copy of each photo to your own online album. You also can
upload your digital snapshots to the photo album for free, edit them,
and then have Snapfish make 4- x 6-inch prints at prices starting at
39 cents per image.?


As an all-inclusive, online photo-sharing service, Shutterfly can
handle all of your digital and film photography needs. Film processing
starts at $3.99 and 4- x 6-inch prints sell for 49 cents each (volume
and prepaid discounts are also available).?

Google Cache


Jan 16 2003: According to comScore Media Metrix, 13 million Americans
visited photo-sharing Websites during November 2002.

?The research company?s latest study reveals that Yahoo Photos was the
most popular photo-sharing community among home, work and university
Net users with 5.2 million visitors.?

?Three other photo-sharing website had at least a million visitors
each during November. MSN Photos attracted two million unique visitors
while Ofoto and drew 1.3 million and 1.2 million

?The findings also indicate that broadband users accounted for 47
percent of visitors to photo-sharing websites during the month of



Over 2 million unique visitors per month, we are rated one of the top
5 photo sharing sites on the net.

Photo-Sharing Sites on the Rise 

Posted 19 February 2003 

Yahoo! Photos 5.2 million
MSN                (2.0 million)
Kodak's Ofoto (1.3 million) (1.2 million).

?Broadband surfers accounted for 33 percent of total Internet users in
November 2002, they represented 47 percent of visitors to
photo-sharing sites.?
?Among the top five sites, the level of visitors with broadband
connectivity ranged from 42 percent to 56 percent.?

?Women comprised a slight majority (52 percent) of total visitors to
photo-sharing sites while they represented 51 percent of total U.S.
Internet users in November 2002. ?

?56 percent of's audience owned a digital camera, 49
percent of Ofoto's and 40 percent of MSN Photo's.?

MC Times

January 15, 2003 

Top 10 Photo-Sharing Web Sites
Unique Visitors (000)
November 2002
Yahoo! Photos 
MSN Photos 


Photo-Sharing Sites Prove Popular
TrendWatch Category: Business to Consumer (B2C): 16/01/03

The new hot web thing: Photo sites

Annual 2004 Digital Photographer Gear Guide

Digital camera sales to near 53 million in 2004

?According to a study by the research group InfoTrends worldwide
digital camera sales should reach nearly 53 million units sold in
2004. In addition to this digital camera sales are expected to
continue to grow and a compound rate of 15% over the following four
years reaching an incredible 82 million units sold in 2008. According
to InfoTrends the market leaders in 2003 are expected to be Canon,
Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm and Kodak with a combined market share of
three quarters (75%).?

Digital camera sales are expected to reach 82 million units in 2008. 

?In 2004, worldwide unit sales of consumer digital cameras are
expected to surpass unit sales of worldwide film cameras.?


The three leading regions for digital camera penetration are North
America, Japan, and Europe. The Asia Pacific region, China, and the
Rest of the World combined currently account for 10% of worldwide
digital camera unit sales. By 2008, however, these regions are
expected to account for 27% of the worldwide digital camera market in
terms of unit sales.

Digital Photography Review

What Will Happen in 2004?

?Global shipments of digital cameras, driven by enthusiasm over the
film-less devices, are expected to climb some 39 percent in 2004 and
top 100 million units by 2008, according to an industry report.?

?Digital camera shipments are seen rising to 68.6 million units this
year from 47.9 million in 2003, research firm IDC said on Thursday in
its Worldwide Digital Still Camera Forecast. Shipments rose 71 percent
in 2003 from 2002.?

?Sony Corp. led the global digital camera market in 2003, with an 18
percent share of units shipped. Canon Inc. was second at 16 percent
share, followed by Olympus Corp. and Eastman Kodak Co.?


?Digital camera makers Canon Inc and Eastman Kodak Co gained in the
rapidly growing and fiercely competitive global market for digital
cameras in 2003, but failed to displace Sony Corp, according to
industry data. In its Digital Still Camera 2003 report, research firm
IDC said Sony held an 18 percent share of units shipped. Canon, with
its 16 percent share, passed Olympus Corp, which had 13 percent. At a
12 percent share, Kodak rose to fourth place, leapfrogging Fuji Photo
Film Co Ltd."

Skriplani,, I realize that I wasn?t able to locate all the information
requested in your question.

If you are interested in this partial information that I was able to
assemble, you could lower the price of your question accordingly, and
I will gladly post my findings as the official answer.

(You can change the price by going to "My Account,"
selecting "My Unanswered Questions", clicking on the question, and
then clicking on "Change Question Parameters" to modify the pricing.)

Best regards,

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