Framingham, Mass. — Kodak and Samsung gained ground on their competitors in the U.S. digital camera market in the first quarter of 2007, according to the research firm IDC.
For Kodak, the company saw its first quarter of positive unit shipment growth after five consecutive losses, gaining 5 percent over the first quarter of 2006. Kodak finished the quarter in third place with a 13 percent share behind Sony, with 16 percent, and first-place Canon, with 21 percent of all unit shipments.
Overall digital camera shipments, including digital SLRs, grew 6 percent to 4.9 million units in the first quarter, a move IDC credited with better holiday inventory management.