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Market Trends: How DSCs and Camcorders Can Survive the Smartphone and Tablet Threat

Published: 29 August 2013

ID: G00245939

Analyst(s): Hiroyuki Shimizu, Tuong Nguyen


Camera-equipped smartphones and media tablets pose a severe threat to vendors of digital still cameras and camcorders. Vendors of DSCs and digital camcorders should consider the recommendations in this document about how to survive in the mobile devices market.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Market Trends
    • Markets for Smartphones and Media Tablets Are Expanding, but Those for DSCs and Digital Camcorders Are Decreasing
    • More DSCs and Digital Camcorders With Wireless Connectivity Are now Available
    • Vendors Are Focusing on High-End Products
    • Wearable and Action Camcorders Are Gaining Market Share
    • The DSC and Digital Camcorder Market Is Shrinking — Vendors Need to Diversify Into Emerging Applications
  • User Trends
    • Users Are Replacing Mobile Phones but not DSCs or Digital Camcorders
    • Users do not Enjoy Viewing Their Pictures in Libraries After Recording
  • Technology Trends
    • Longer Life Cycles With Hardware
    • Higher Resolution Video Formats Are to Become Available in the Market

Vendors to Watch

  • Sony
  • Canon
  • Samsung
  • Woodman Labs (GoPro)

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