PC Camera Popularity Shoots to New Heights, but Work Remains for the Market to Reach Its Full Potential, IDC Says

FRAMINGHAM, MA — NOVEMBER 27, 2000 — By the time 2000 ends, the worldwide PC camera market will have demonstrated explosive growth; however, work remains in driving this market forward. According to IDC, worldwide PC camera shipments will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 72%, from 11 million in 2000 to 44 million in 2004.


"The prediction that 1999 would be the springboard year for PC cameras to penetrate the consumer market was right on target," said Chris Chute, research analyst for IDC's Digital Cameras and Scanners program. "Now, the critical factors fueling the digital camera market's growth include bundling with PC vendors and developing a growing infrastructure."

According to IDC, the United States will once again capture the majority of worldwide PC camera market share in 2000. Western Europe will lead the way in annual growth, with 2000 shipments increasing more than 300% from those in 1999.

Despite the tremendous PC camera market growth, the number of competing vendors has remained constant. IDC says Logitech, Intel, and Xirlink will continue to occupy the top three spots.

IDC says while the market has grown rapidly in 2000, PC cameras still face limitations. Slow frame rates and average image quality caused by slow Internet connections and limitations on image sensor quality currently plague the technology; however, vendors are working exceptionally hard to improve the user's experience.

"As bandwidth increases and USB2 adoption corrects the videostreaming issues, the PC camera market will continue to grow at an impressive rate," Chute said.

Information like the above can be found in IDC's report Worldwide PC Camera Market Forecast and Analysis, 1999-2004 (IDC #B23240). This report provides a high-level view of the worldwide PC camera market. Shipment and revenue forecasts are provided through 2004 by region. Market leaders are discussed, and market trends are analyzed. To purchase this report, contact Patrick Steeves at 1-800-343-4952, extension 6787, or at psteeves@idc.com.

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