Digital darkrooms: Technology and competition combine to constrict revenue

The Photofinishing market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Digital cameras, online photo sharing and external competition have gutted revenue
  • In addition to technology, competition from discount and drug stores has been increasing
  • Revenue will continue dropping as technology and online services dampen demand

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The dominance of digital cameras, ubiquity of online photo sharing and rising external competition have combined to gut the Photofinishing industry's revenue. Such technological trends have caused consumers to demand fewer photofinishing services because, through these devices and platforms, they can share, display and manipulate pictures faster and cheaper than sending them to a photofinishing lab. In the next five years, companies will continue differentiating themselves by combining digital and film to produce high-end products...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The productivity per employee has skyrocketed as automated digital technologies have enabled a nonemployer to take on much more business. Additionally, most small players have minimal capital investment, as they typically already own the necessary equipment. With the rapid conversion of many photofinishing businesses to digital technology from traditional wet development, the investment in capital has increased over the years. Similarly, as operators moved into the photo merchandise segment, capital investments rose. Still, for every small nonemploying operators entering the industry, large highly-capitalized companies are exiting. IBISWorld expects that for every dollar invested in labor, $0.07 is spent on capital, marking this industry as a low capital intensive industry. Wit..

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    Additional Insights for the Photofinishing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Photofinishing Industry are

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Production of goods currently favored by the market
  • Effective quality control
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as International trips by US residents and Number of adults aged 50 and older in the Photofinishing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Photofinishing Industry?

    The Photofinishing industry primarily develops digital images to produce customized prints, albums and other merchandise like playing cards or mugs. Traditional photofinishing involves film processing and printing. Companies may also transfer physical copies of photographs to digital files. The industry excludes companies that offer their services exclusively online or stores that offer printing services in addition to their primary means of earning revenue.

    Industry Products
    Film processing
    Digital standard prints
    Other services
    Industry Activities
    Film processing and development
    Producing photographic prints
    Producing photographic slides
    Producing photographic enlargements
    Digital image processing and printing

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • International trips by US residents
  • Number of adults aged 50 and older
  • Number of mobile internet connections
  • Marriage rate
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Price of paper

  • Current Performance
  • Technology changing the frame
  • Competition escalating
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Substitution continues
  • Smartphone takeover
  • Table: Photofinishing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Photofinishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Photography

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Camera & Film Wholesaling
  • Copier & Optical Machinery Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Digital standard prints
  • Other services
  • Film processing
  • Chart: Photofinishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Other clients
  • Professional photographers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Photofinishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesRent and utilitiesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Photofinishing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Photofinishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Photofinishing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Photofinishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of adults aged 50 and over (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • The process by which a negative from an analog camera is turned into a traditional print via darkrooms and specialized chemicals.
  • Image Processing
  • Digital printing on paper from an image's original form.
  • Postproduction
  • The period in which pictures are readied for presentation via digital or other means.
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