Digital Photo Frames On the Rise
Consumers and retailers alike are beginning to embrace digital photo frames (DPFs), with huge growth expected in the coming years. That’s according to a report, called “Digital Photo Frame Market Gaining Momentum,” released this week by the research firm iSuppli Corp.
The report projected that worldwide shipments of DPFs will jump to 22.7 million, a 58.8 percent gain from 2007’s figure; only 4 million were shipped in 2006. That number is expected to reach 78.2 million in 2011.
The first digital photo frames were introduced in 2005, and since then, as the market has proliferated, more and more vendors have entered it and introduced such features as audio, full-motion video, web-based photo sharing and larger screen sizes. The products’ average selling price has dropped below $100, but is expected to rise again soon, thanks to shortages and extra features, iSuppli said in its report.