UK photographic sales fell nearly 22% in June, the largest drop so far this year, despite online sales rising 1.4%.

The GfK figures, which compared June 2013 to the same month a year earlier, are similar to results for the first quarter of the year when sales fell 21% in all three months, before more positive results were recorded in April and May.

The Market-I report, compiled by GfK Retail and Technology UK, states: ‘Fixed-lens [compact] sales continue to be hampered by the development of smartphone cameras, high ownership levels and the move to premium.’

It adds: ‘The changeable-lens sector has seen a move to entry-level models subduing value growth, but accessory areas focused on changeable-lens cameras should receive a boost from the volume demand generated.’

The value of the UK photographic market fell by 18.9% in the first half of 2013, compared to the same period a year earlier.