Out of focus: New technologies and competition from large-scale retailers will restrict growth

The Camera Stores industry market report contains data and analysis of the most influential current and future trends shaping the industry. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical, user-friendly format, and provides growth and profit forecasts for a five-year outlook period.


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

  • The proliferation of smartphones and other devices with advanced camera features has reduced total camera sales
  • Improved smartphone picture quality has reduced demand for industry products
  • A growing proportion of the population is anticipated to take photos using smartphones
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Camera Stores industry has contracted significantly over the past decade. Intensified competition from online retailers and consumer electronic stores has considerably reduced the number of consumers that purchase items from camera stores, forcing several companies to exit the industry. In the coming years, the shift toward new technologies and large-scale retailers is projected to continue, restricting industry growth and cutting into revenue.

    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Camera Stores industry has a low level of capital intensity, as industry players typically spend only $0.06 on capital for every dollar spent on wages. Typical capital expenditures for this industry include warehousing space and equipment, cash registers and online commerce portals. While many operators in this industry have made efforts to implement automated inventory systems and point-of-sale systems, both of which are capital investments, this industry remains heavily labor-intensive.

    Camera store employees are often expected to process purchases and maintain store displays, in addition to providing customers with knowledgeable and specialized assistance. As

    Additional Insights for the Camera Stores Industry

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

  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Experienced workforce
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of mobile internet connections and commerce sales in the Camera Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Camera Stores Industry?

    This industry comprises brick-and-mortar camera stores that primarily sell photographic equipment such as cameras, lighting equipment, film, tripods and other camera accessories. E-commerce, consumer electronic stores and catalog sales are not included in this industry.

    Industry Products
    Digital cameras
    Film cameras and photography accessories
    Computer equipment
    Audio equipment
    Industry Activities
    Camera equipment retailing
    Photographic supplies retailing
    Lighting equipment retailing
    Tripod equipment retailing

    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
  • Number of mobile internet connections
  • commerce sales
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Demand from photography

  • Current Performance
  • Lackluster demand
  • The digital (camera) age
  • Outside competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Declining demand for cameras
  • Declining demand for retailers
  • Table: Camera Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Photography
  • Fine Arts Schools
  • Consumers

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

  • Products & Services
  • Digital cameras
  • Film cameras and photography accessories
  • Computer equipment
  • Other
  • Audio equipment
  • Chart: Camera Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • New purchases from households
  • Replacement purchases from households
  • Retailers and wholesalers for resale
  • Businesses for end use
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Camera Stores Industry

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

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Camera Stores 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 Camera Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Number of mobile internet connections (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Big-Box Store
  • A retail store that is differentiated by its sheer size and large range of products, including electronics, household goods and other consumer products.
  • Brick-And-Mortar
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer.
  • Digital Camera
  • A camera that records images as digital data instead of on film.
  • Digital Single Lens Reflex (Dslr)
  • A digital camera that allows the user to look through the lens and see the image as the lens does; these cameras usually have interchangeable lenses.
  • Megapixel
  • One million pixels; the number of megapixels directly relates to the resolution of the digital image produced. The greater the number of megapixels, the higher the resolution of the resulting image.
  • Smartphone
  • A mobile phone that offers advanced PC-like capabilities, as well as a built-in camera.
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    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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