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Futuresource Consulting, the specialist research and consulting company, is delighted to be the official knowledge partner for CEATEC JAPAN. The company can trace its roots back to the 1980s and provides market insights into consumer electronics, digital imaging, entertainment media, broadcast, optical manufacturing, storage media, professional IT and education technology.
With more than 70 full-time employees providing in-depth analysis and forecasts across consumer and professional electronics categories, Futuresource is able to advise on market, competitive and technological developments, providing clients with access to the information that helps produce the best possible results.


Action Cameras on Course to Reach 9 Million Units in 2018

Worldwide demand for action cameras reached almost 5 million units in 2013 - which represented annual growth of 47% - and on track to reach 9 million units in 2018, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting.

"The USA and UK shared 46% of worldwide demand last year, a drop of 4% share from the previous year, due to stronger growth in other regions", says Arun Gill, Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. "The relative importance of outdoor pursuits, propensity to spend on emerging CE categories and the use of social media are some of the main drivers of demand for action cameras."

In 2013, the majority of sales were for consumer applications, such as sports enthusiasts and evidential use, while the remainder was for professional applications, predominantly TV production.

GoPro continues to maintain its position as the dominant market leader, despite a growing number of vendors vying for market share.

"The distribution of action cameras is uniquely lifestyle-centric as opposed to CE-centric, with retailers focused around surfing, skiing, cycling, etc., and generally independent or small chains, as opposed to large chains."

Futuresource expects the worldwide action camera market to continue growing out to 2018, by which point, parts of Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to drive the majority of growth.