Japan saw a near doubling in the number of digital SLR cameras shipped to its own market in February compared to the same month the previous year, according to industry figures.rnrnPicture: Model shown for illustration purposes only

Japan saw a near doubling in the number of digital SLR cameras shipped to its own market in February compared to the same month the previous year, according to industry figures.

Shipments from Japanese camera makers rose 89.9% to 97,785, according to the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

Shipments to Asia doubled to 133,478 units but the number arriving on European shores fell by 3.2% compared to February 2007.

Total DSLR production was 29.4% higher than in February 2007, comprising 624,831 units. In value terms, this represented an increase of 48.6% on the year before.

Overall shipments of digital compacts to overseas markets increased by 31.5% to more than 5.5m units.

Compact camera production soared 25% in volume and 17.8% in value.

CIPA?s figures include shipments from the overseas production facilities of Japanese manufacturers.

Picture: Model shown for illustration purposes only