May 9, 2005

Kodak keeps lead in U.S. digital-camera market

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – 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-and-shoot digital cameras to domestic retailers in the January-to-March quarter — 41 percent more than in the first quarter of 2004 — and its market share rose to 20.4 percent from 18.1 percent a year ago, according to IDC, based in Framingham, Mass.

Canon Inc. strengthened to a second-place ranking with 850,000 shipments, up 72 percent from a year ago. Its slice of the U.S. market surged from 14 percent to 19.3 percent, IDC said.

Sony Corp., the perennial front-runner, dropped down to third spot with 800,000 shipments, or 18.1 percent.

Four other companies filled out the top seven slots.

Olympus Corp. held onto fourth place, shipping 480,000 cameras, but its market share fell to 10.9 percent from 12.7 percent a year ago. Next were Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. with 7.5 percent, Fuji Photo Film Co. with 6.8 percent and Nikon Corp. with 5.7 percent.

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