Four times as many SLRs were sold in the UK last year than compact system cameras (CSCs) which suffered a 32% drop in demand, new figures show.

UK consumers snapped up 426,000 SLRs in 2013, compared to 100,000 CSCs, according to figures released to Amateur Photographer by market research firm GfK.

Demand for SLRs declined 11% on the previous year.

CSC sales appear to have peaked in 2012 when 146,000 units were sold over the 12 months.

Total UK cameras sales fell 28.4% in value terms in 2013, with SLRs down 21%, CSCs falling 31% and compacts 33%.

The UK notched up £535.1m in total camera sales, compared with £747.7m a year earlier.

In 2013, 3.1m cameras were sold, compared to 4.5m in 2012 – a drop of 31%.

Changeable-lens camera sales – made up of CSCs and SLRs – fell 16% in volume and 22.8% in value.

Units sales of compact cameras plummeted 34%.