UPDATE 1-Nikon eyes ties with online, mobile device firms

TOKYO, July 8 Wed Jul 7, 2010 11:22pm EDT

TOKYO, July 8 (Reuters) - Nikon Corp (7731.T) said on Thursday it intended to form wide-ranging ties with online and mobile device companies to provide more ways of storing and sharing photographs taken on its digital cameras.

No details are available on which companies Nikon would like to cooperate with, a spokeswoman said.

Nikon, the world's No. 2 maker of digital single-lens reflex cameras, high-end models that use interchangeable lenses, already offers an online service for storing and sharing images, which is compatible with Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPhone.

Makoto Kimura, who took over as Nikon's president last month, expressed concern earlier in the year that growth in the digital camera market would slow over the coming decade due to market saturation and said he was looking for other ways of spurring growth.

In an interview with the Nikkei business daily published on Thursday, Kimura said he was not considering expanding by buying any other camera company, but did not rule out acquiring a firm in a complementary field such as software. (Reporting by Isabel Reynolds; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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