System camera output rockets 42%

Interchangeable-lens camera production has risen by more than 42%, according to the Japan-based Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

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Output surpassed two million units in October, marking an increase of around 42.5% in both volume and value terms compared to the same month last year.

Lens production shot up more than 22%.

However, production of fixed-lens compact cameras nose-dived 30.5% over the same period.

Though the total number of digital still cameras leaving the factories of CIPA members fell 21.8%, market value only dropped by 4.1%.

The number of interchangeable-lens cameras shipped to Europe grew 36.5%, while shipments to the domestic, Japanese market, remained around the same as a year earlier.

Meanwhile, shipments to the American markets rocketed by nearly 50%.

CIPA members include Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic and Fujifilm.

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