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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Product Shot 2CSC shipments climbed 35.4% globally, in value terms


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).

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  • Kym Crowley

    The DSLR is dead. Excellent. Love my Panny G5…

  • No surprises here!