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Prospects dim for Taiwan digital camera shipments

TAIPEI -- Digital still camera (DSC) shipments by Taiwanese contract makers will continue their downward spiral in the first quarter, as vendors struggle to counter the growing use of smartphone cameras, according to a local market research firm.

Shipments of Taiwan-made digital still cameras are expected to drop to 2.76 million units during the January-March period, down 18.8 percent from the previous quarter and 51.6 percent from a year earlier, Digitimes Research said in a recent research note.

“The rise of smartphones has continued to erode global demand for digital cameras,” the research firm said, adding that sales have been poor even in traditionally peak seasons.

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