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2007 Camera Shipments Up 23 Percent

Framingham, Mass. — Digital camera vendors shipped 37.7 million digital cameras, including digital SLRs, into the U.S. market in 2007, according to research firm IDC.

The unit figure represents growth of 23 percent over 2006. For the fourth quarter, unit shipments grew 31 percent to reach 16.6 million units, IDC reported.

For the third year in a row, Canon took the top spot with a 23 percent share (up from 19 percent in 2006). Sony placed second with 18 percent of the market, Kodak ranked third with 16 percent, followed by Nikon (8.7 percent) and Olympus (6 percent).