Nikon has revealed a sharp downturn in sales of interchangeable-lens cameras and lenses in its latest worldwide trading figures.
Nikon sold 1,080,000 interchangeable-lens digital cameras in the three months to 30 September 2014, a 22% fall on the same period last year – though roughly in line with the performance of the overall market.
Nikon lens sales dipped 24% to 1,480,000 units over the quarter.
Sales of Nikon digital compact cameras – a market severely hit by the smartphone camera revolution – plunged 33%.
Last week, we reported that global camera shipments from Japanese camera makers shrunk by almost a third in the first nine months of 2014, but compact system cameras (CSCs) continued to surge.
Though overall 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 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.