Compact system cameras (CSCs) are staging a comeback, according to official figures hot from Japan.

Global shipments rose 33.7% to 217,444 units in February compared to the same month a year earlier, according to figures published by Japan’s Camera & Imaging Products Association.

This marks a turnaround on shipments for January-December 2013, which fell more than 16%, in unit terms year-on-year.

In February 2014, shipments increased by 54.2% in value.

Commenting on the news, Japanese trade newsletter Pen said this was mainly due to CSCs ‘gaining demand in the international market outside Japan, in addition to continued strong demand at home’.

Shipments to Europe climbed 26% but fell 34.2% to the American market.

Global shipments of SLRs, meanwhile, dropped 12.3% in February.

Last week we reported that, in the UK, CSC sales shot up 21% in volume and 19% in value in January and February 2014, in separate figures released by market research firm GfK.

The apparent renaissance comes after UK sales crashed last year and SLR sales outnumbered CSCs four to one.

However, GfK warned that the demise of the old Jessops in January last year – which forced the closure of 187 stores nationwide and had an immediate impact on high-street sales – has skewed the UK’s year-on-year results.