Market research firm Gartner projected Thursday that slightly less than 300 million cameraphones will be sold worldwide in 2005.
That total represents about 38 percent of all of mobile phones sales, Gartner said in a statement. In 2004, cameraphones accounted for 14 percent of all mobile phone sales.
Cameraphone sales will increase in coming years as the cost of creating them decreases, the study concluded.
“It has quickly become a global phenomenon as mobile phone users around the world have been captivated by the idea of integrating two devices - a digital camera and a phone - in one,”
Latin America will pace growth of cameraphone sales, with an annual growth rate through 2009 of almost 57 percent, the study predicted. Africa, Asia and the Middle East all will boast sales increases of between 40 and 50 percent while sales will be flat in Japan, where cameraphones already account for 92 percent of all mobile phone sales.
Sales will increase only 20 percent annually in North America, where sales of the devices are already strong, the study predicted.