Nikon, rivals look to Taiwan for low-price digicams|
(Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 21:15 EST)
According to an article from DigiTimes.com, Japanese camera giant Nikon is looking to introduce low-priced digital still cameras next year that may be outsourced from Taiwanese manufacturers.
The article, spotted by our friends at the Digital Photography Review, states that an unidentified source at Taiwanese camera manufacturer Primax Electronics has acknowledged having talks with Nikon. The same source told DigiTimes' Jillian Shih that it would take 9 to 12 months for a Taiwanese company to begin supplying cameras to Nikon.
Meanwhile, another recent article we spotted on DigiTimes suggests that Nikon wouldn't be alone in the move. Again, according to sources at Primax Electronics, several first-tier Japanese manufacturers recently visited Taiwanese manufacturers to discuss potential supply of three megapixel cameras. The article suggests that Japanese digicam manufacturers can no longer make any significant profits by manufacturing three megapixel cameras themselves...
Primax, meanwhile, suggests that four and five megapixel cameras will constitute the bulk of its orders in the next year, with four megapixel models making up around half of its total production.