Unit sales of Sony digital cameras fell 27.2% for the three months to 30 September 2015 compared to the same quarter last year, official figures reveal.

The news comes in the week that Canon reported a 24% fall in global camera sales, on a unit basis.

Demand for Sony cameras, including interchangeable-lens models, dropped from 2.2m units to 1.6m, financial figures released yesterday show.

The fall in demand – which Sony attributed to a contraction of the market – hit sales revenue, which saw a 3% decline on a constant currency basis, to 186 billion yen.

However, cost cuts combined with an improvement in product mix – reflecting a shift to high value-added models – helped boost operating income.

Operating income at Sony’s imaging division, which includes broadcast products, rose by 5.8 billion yen, to 25.9 billion yen (around £140m).

Volume sales of Sony smartphones also fell over the three months, on a year-on-year basis, from 9.9m in 2014 to 6.7m for June-September 2015.

  • entoman

    Well said Chris, AP is an excellent resource. The technique articles and the many images taken from competitions and exhibitions are inspiring. My only (minor) criticism is that the camera reviews are not as comprehensive as on the top American sites, but AP is best when it comes to technique articles!

  • 1st time caller

    Link to the report?

    Or should I just assume since the URL includes the word “amateur” that citing sources and providing verifiable intel isn’t prerequisite around these parts?