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Short Take: Digital cameras take off

Worldwide shipments of digital cameras will increase from 11 million in 2000 to 44 million in 2004, according to market researcher IDC. "The prediction that 1999 would be the springboard year for (digital) cameras to penetrate the consumer market was right on target," said Chris Chute, an analyst at IDC. "Now, the critical factors fueling the digital camera market's growth include bundling with PC vendors and developing a growing infrastructure." Although the market has grown rapidly in 2000, IDC said that digital cameras still face limitations with image sensor quality.

Worldwide shipments of digital cameras will increase from 11 million in 2000 to 44 million in 2004, according to market researcher IDC. "The prediction that 1999 would be the springboard year for (digital) cameras to penetrate the consumer market was right on target," said Chris Chute, an analyst at IDC. "Now, the critical factors fueling the digital camera market's growth include bundling with PC vendors and developing a growing infrastructure." Although the market has grown rapidly in 2000, IDC said that digital cameras still face limitations with image sensor quality.