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U.S. Digital Photo Print Volumes Expected to Reach 16 Billion by 2009

According to a new forecast report from InfoTrends, U.S. consumer digital photo print volumes will increase from 13.2 billion in 2005 to 16 billion in 2009, but will begin to show a slight decline in 2011. The report also states that digital print volumes surpassed film print volumes in 2006.

“One of the major factors influencing print volumes is the number of U.S. consumer households that are acquiring digital capture devices, especially digital cameras. Household penetration of digital cameras will increase in the near term and then level out toward the end of the forecast period,” commented David Haueter, an Associate Director at InfoTrends.

In 2006, at-home prints accounted for the greatest percentage of total photo print volume, but an increasing number of consumers are printing at retail and online. Within the online and retail spaces, the methods of ordering prints online and picking them up at retail as well as using photo kiosk input terminals will experience the most growth over the forecast period.

“We are expecting market growth in the near future, but each year slightly more people either stop printing photos entirely or only print when they have to (Print-on-Demand),” commented Haueter. “Nevertheless, new products and solutions can substantially alter the photo prints landscape of today. Service providers and vendors that enable easier, faster, and less expensive photo output through new technology and educate consumers about these advances will surely have a lucrative future in this market.”

InfoTrends’ new forecast report, U.S. Consumer Photo Prints Forecast: 2006-2011, details digital photo print volumes for various print locations for each year of the forecast. It offers print volumes printed at home, online, at retail, through online-to-retail, and at work, along with their relative growth rates. It breaks down prints by image capture source and print sizes by print location. It also provides forecast information on prints by paper type. This report is accompanied by a Summary Table of forecast data in Excel format.

The complete forecast is available immediately to clients of InfoTrends’ Photo Printing Trends service. For more information or to make a purchase, visit our online store or contact Matt O’Keefe at +1 781 616 2100 ext. 110 or

InfoTrends, a Questex company, is the leading worldwide market research and strategic consulting firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry. We provide research, analysis, forecasts, and advice to help clients understand market trends, identify opportunities, and develop strategies to grow their businesses. Additional information about InfoTrends is available on the Web at

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