Digital SLR shipments rose 51.3% during the first nine months of this year compared with the year before, according to the latest industry figures from Japan.rnrnModel pictured is for illustration purposes only

Digital SLR shipments rose 51.3% during the first nine months of this year compared with the year before, according to the latest industry figures from Japan.

Manufacturers? revenues from DSLRs shot up by 30.2% from January-September, according to statistics released by Japan?s Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

Shipment of all types of digital still cameras, including compacts, increased by 27.6% over the same period, while revenue rose 17.1%.

Exports of DSLRs to Europe rose by 54.2%; to North America by 34.8% and to Asia by 95.3%.

However, production of cameras with less than 6-million-pixels fell to just 26.6% of their 2006 level.

Model pictured is for illustration purposes only