Camera phones are moving into the rapid growth stage and they will rapidly be the most common image capture device in the world. Analysis agencies Gartner, ABI-Research and Future Image estimate that over 650 million camera phones were shipped in 2007 and that by the end of the decade there will be a global population of over one billion mobile imaging handsets -- more than double the number of digital still cameras (DSC).
Although handset shipments are flourishing, consumers are not using their camera phones to the fullest extent. Researchers reveal that the number of photos taken, shared, and printed is relatively very low compared with DSC, resulting in a significant unrealised revenue potential for the mobile imaging industry.
Despite the current limitations, recent researches done by Nokia marketing reveal that 40% of camera phone users indicate the camera phone is their primary camera. The researches suggest that with improvements in functionality, quality, usability and usage model, camera phones have the potential to be the most common and most frequently used type of camera.
We believe the industry needs to stimulate more photo activity among camera phone owners to speed up (1) handset purchases, (2) picture taking, and (3) sharing, storing and printing services.
To achieve this we believe companies with niche imaging technologies; such as faster decoding, less memory usage, minor processor (CPU) demands, rich features, and rich user experience have slightly high chance to outstand itself in this market. Also companies within the mobile imaging sphere which should have a competitive edge are the one who can solve inhibitors.
Five out of every six sold cameras will be embedded in mobile phones. We believe the dominance of camera-phones will impact the imaging market in a variety of ways that will benefit the industry.
This report aims to initiate a simple approach to give a high level view for companies aiming and searching for mobile imaging opportunities and should help extending the mobile focus thinking and area.
Initiating a study on mobile imaging has been a challenge and this is due to two main reasons; the speed of development within this particular industry and the access to credible sources whether commercial or scientific. There is a significant fierce competition in the industry and it has been a great advantage to the authors to have had access to commercial reports and information sources first hand.
When it comes to theories and methods, they have been taped from both the mainstream marketing literature and guerrilla marketing. There has been no obvious advantage to exclude mainstream marketing theories for this fast growing and quickly changing industry and methods described has proven worth while for the outcome of this study.
The mainstream marketing literature has been utilised in the market analysis performed on the materiel obtained and when looking to the future possibilities and opportunities as well.(责任编辑：BUG)