Global camera shipments shrunk by almost a third in the first nine months of 2014, but compact system cameras (CSCs) continued to surge, new figures show.
Japan’s Camera & Imaging Products Association has published a graph on its website, comparing worldwide camera shipments over the past three years
Though DSLR shipments fell 23.7% from January-September 2014, CSCs rose 10.5% in volume terms and 35.4% in value compared to the same nine months in 2013.
Shipments of fixed-lens compact cameras declined 38.1%, according to data published yesterday by Japan’s Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).
The number of CSCs shipped to the European market climbed 23.7%, while CSC shipments to the American markets grew 13%.
DSLR shipments to Europe plunged 40.4%, while American markets suffered less, experiencing a 25.5% fall.
Total lens shipments, worldwide, dropped 13.1% over the same period.
DSLRs continue to dominate the interchangeable-lens camera market, accounting for 76% of Japanese shipments in volume, and 77% in value.
In August, CIPA reported that demand for compact system cameras had risen 12.8% in the first half of 2014, as DSLR shipments fell 21.7%, compared to the same period in 2013. Global shipments of mirrorless interchangeable-lens models reached 1.49 million units from January-June 2014, with value rising to 60.7 billion yen – 40% up on a year earlier.
Total digital still camera shipments (including fixed-lens compacts) dropped 33.1% and value fell 16.4% over the six months to 30 June.
The Camera & Imaging Products Association has published a graph on its website, comparing worldwide shipments of interchangeable-lens cameras over the past three years (see below).