European shipments of DSLRs for professional video use fell 41% in 2014 as more videographers turn to compact system cameras, according to Futuresource Consulting.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II, announced in 2008, famously introduced professional filmmakers to DSLRs for the first time.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
However, the industry is now at a turning point as CSCs become a more attractive alternative, according to Futuresource.

‘End users are reportedly increasingly frustrated with limitations in functionality of DSLRs, as well as the perceived additional costs associated with making the product usable for pro video,’ said Futuresource in a statement.

‘Alternatives are now more affordable offering more features in a smaller package.’

Futuresource broadcast analyst Nicky Price added: ‘We are currently witnessing a significant shift in dynamics, with DSLRs falling out of favour with the professional video producers.

‘End users are turning to more affordable CSCs as well as turning back to professional camcorders.’

In Europe, DSLRs are expected to account for just 4% of sales within the professional video market (excluding high-end digital cinema cameras) by 2019.

At its peak, DSLRs accounted for 31% of the market.

The figures were revealed in Futuresource Consulting’s Convergence in Pro Video report.

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