Nearly 81% of Worldwide Mobile Phones Will Have a Camera by 2010

Worldwide sales of camera phones will account for 48% of total worldwide mobile phone sales in 2006, growing to 81% by 2010, according to new forecasts from Gartner Inc. Worldwide sales of camera phones, which have almost tripled since 2004, will reach 460 million in 2006, an increase of 43% from 2005 and expected to hit 1 billion camera phone sales in 2010. By 2010, Gartner predicts that Western Europe will equal Japan’s penetration levels to reach 93.6% followed very closely by North America at 93.4%.

Worldwide Sales of camera phones to end users by region
(Thousands of
units)

Region

2006

2010

CAGR 2006-2010

Africa

15,964.4

45,061.2

29.6%

Asia/Pacific

106,721.4

395,506.5

38.7%

Eastern Europe

26,098.0

70,656.9

28.3%

Japan

45,203.8

44,282.8

-0.5%

Latin America

22,547.9

78,406.9

36.6%

Middle East

14,138.6

34,402.4

24.9%

North America

106,832.2

187,160.2

15.0%

Western Europe

122,429.9

166,597.3

8.0%

Total

459,936.2

1,022,074.2

22.1%

Source: Gartner Dataquest (October 2006)

In Western Europe, the largest market for camera phones, sales will exceed 122 million by 2006, a 28 percent increase from 2005. 

In 2006, North America will be the second largest market in the world and will reach 106.8 million units in 2006, a 41 percent increase from 2005. North America will be closely followed by Asia Pacific where sales will total 160.7 million units in 2006.

In Japan, camera phones will account for 95% of total mobile phone sales in 2007, when it will reach its highest penetration level. 

For the past three years, the market has been dominated by sales of camera phones with less than one mega pixels. This will reach 51% of total mobile phone sales in 2006. By 2007, Gartner predicts that more than half of the camera phones will have at least one or two mega pixels.

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