Research firm Gartner has announced that worldwide sales of camera phones will reach 295.5 million in 2005. This represents a 38% of total worldwide mobile phone sales, up from 14% in 2004.
Carolina Milanesi, principal analyst for mobile terminals research at Gartner, said: 'a key factor in future market growth will be the declining cost of integrating the technology into mobile phones.'
Gartner predicts that the cost of integrating a one-megapixel camera to a phone will more than halve over the next four years.
Gartner predicts that sales of camera phones in
By 2009 this will rise to 143 million, representing nearly 90% of the Western European mobile market.