Compact camera shipments fall 43.9% in 2013

Japanese camera shipments to the global market fell 38.7% in the first nine months of 2013, with a 43.9% drop in compacts and a 16.7% fall in interchangeable-lens models, new figures reveal.

Though the volume of interchangeable-lens 'Non-Reflex' cameras dipped 13.5%, in value terms this only represented a 5.5% drop, according to Japan's Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

Meanwhile, SLR shipments fell 17.4% in volume and 17.6% in value, compared to the same period last year.

Shipments of interchangeable-lens cameras to the Japanese market (included in the above figures) bucked the downward trend - with SLRs and mirrorless models rising 37.2% and 21.7% respectively over the nine months.

On a worldwide basis, the figures show that SLR shipments exceeded mirrorless models by almost five times.

From January to September SLR shipments totalled 10,082,409, compared to 2,164,032 mirrorless units.

The 'Non-Reflex' category includes mirrorless compact system cameras and rangefinder models, according to the CIPA statistics.

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