Futuresource has been tracking the photo printing markets for over 15 years. We provide accurate market data, strategic forecasts and meaningful insights that assist photo printers, e-tailers, distributors and equipment/consumables vendors across Asia, Europe and North America.

Product Categories

  • Photo Prints

  • Photobooks

  • Photo-Merchandise - Calendars, Cards, Wall Decor, Photo Gifts

  • Retail Photo Printing Equipment - Wet/Dry Minilab, Instant Print Kiosk

  • Photo Printing Apps and Consumer Behaviour


Our services, based on vendor data feeds and extensive primary research among our long-standing and unrivalled network of industry contacts provide reliable support for our clients' decision-making. Our continuous services, syndicated reports and custom research and consulting projects provide quantitative and qualitative insights, forecasts and detailed market data by sector and country.

  • Strategic Market Outlook - is a subscription service providing annual updates and forecasts of Photo Printing markets covering Photo Prints, Photobooks and Photo Merchandise. Reports cover the market size and value by country, the key players and the supply chain structure and market split. Subscribers receive reports and Excel deliverables, debriefings by the project team and have access to the Helpline service to address related ad hoc questions.

  • Product Track - covering the European Retail Minilab and Instant Print Kiosk markets.

  • End User Insights - Consumer Surveys - delivering insights into consumers' photo capture, sharing and printing behaviours, mapping the rapid change in mobile app adoption and reaction to the changing propositions being offered to consumers.

  • Custom Research and Consulting - projects supporting your business decisions


Our analysis and forecasts are based on data feeds and extensive primary research, resulting in reliable inputs to our clients' decision-making.

  • Actual sales data from leading market players

  • Expert interviews with leading industry stakeholders - photo labs, commercial printers, e-tailers, retailers, equipment and consumables vendors/distributors and industry associations - undertaken by our research specialists and photo market analysts by telephone or face-to-face onsite or at key events.

  • Workshops with Futuresource teams covering camera and smartphone markets to maintain a holistic overview of the photo printing and equipment industries.

  • Consumer survey analysis – from Futuresource's dedicated multi-country consumer research programme focused exclusively on photo acquisition, sharing and printing using nationally representative samples.

Why Futuresource?

  • Unparalleled coverage and granularity: top down and bottom-up analysis based on a wide range of primary research in the photo printing & photo equipment industries.

  • Access to Futuresource's wider technology data and forecasts to put the photo market in context.

  • Ongoing consumer research.

  • Direct client access to the photo experts within the team at Futuresource for ad-hoc questions, larger enquiries and market debriefing sessions.

Contact Us

For more information about how Futuresource Consulting's suite of Print & Imaging services can benefit your business, contact:

Jeremy Wills, Senior Market Analyst

Jeremy Wills

Senior Market Analyst - Print & Imaging

+44 (0) 1582 500 154



For more than 15 years, Futuresource has been supporting key players in the photo output markets with annual analysis and forecasts of the key product categories. Recent developments in mobile printing apps and new propositions being offered to consumers are creating opportunities and threats in an already competitive market. We track and forecast this changing market and undertake extensive consumer research to provide insights into consumers' attitudes and behaviour. Subscribers to this strategic market outlook service have direct access to the analyst team for 'ad hoc' inquiries and onsite or web debriefs.


  • Stategic Market Outlook

  • End User Insights

Strategic Market Outlook

Product Coverage
  • Photo Prints

  • Photobooks

  • Photo-Merchandise (Calendars, Cards, Photo Gifts & Wall Décor)

Geographical Coverage
  • AsiaPac - Australia, China*, India*

  • North America - Canada, USA*

  • Eastern Europe - Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia*

  • Western Europe - Austria, Benelux, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK

  • *Excludes photo-merchandise

Data Segmentation
  • Volume

  • Value

  • ASP

  • Ordering Channel (Online, Mobile, In-Store

  • SKU Trend and Competitive Situation Data

  • 5-Year Forecasts

End User Insights

Covering Europe and the USA, our research delivers understanding of contemporary attitudes and behaviour regarding photo capture, photo sharing, photo printing and devices used for photo capture. Our consumer research combines Futuresource's industry knowledge with insight into consumer behaviour, analysing different customer groups and identifying strategically important characteristics among these groups.


Futuresource has been tracking the European Retail Photo Printing Equipment landscape for nearly ten years. We maintain a database of sales, installed base and photo prints volumes per half-year period, by equipment brand and retailer, updated on an annual basis. Current installed base and photo prints volumes and 4-year forecasts by equipment type are also provided. Market data is delivered via Futuresource's Analyzer software platform. Clients have direct access to the project team for 'ad hoc' inquiries and debrief sessions.

Product Track - Retail Photo Equipment

Product Coverage
  • Retail Wet Minilab

  • Dry Minilab

  • Instant Print Kiosk

Geographical Coverage
  • Western Europe - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK

  • Central/Eastern Europe - Poland, Russia

  • Middle East - Turkey

Data Segmentation
  • Sales, installed base and photo prints volumes

  • By equipment type, printing technology, country, vendor and retailer


We would like to demonstrate our expertise to you.

For more information about how Futuresource Consulting's suite of print & imaging services can benefit your business, contact:

Jeremy Wills

Senior Market Analyst - Print & Imaging

Futuresource Consulting

+44 (0) 1582 500 154