Latest data from the Japanese Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) confirm the rise of mirrorless interchangeable cameras in an otherwise shrinking global market for cameras and lenses.
While total camera shipments shrunk by almost a third in the first nine months of this year, and DSLR shipments dropped 24 percent, mirrorless interchangeable cameras (CSCs) rose 23.7 percent in volume terms and a remarkable 49.1 percent in value compared to the same nine months in 2013.
Japanese CSCs now account for 24 percent of the interchangeables market in volume and 23 percent dollar terms (without counting the contribution of South Korea’s Samsung and Germany’s Leica).
Shipments of fixed-lens compact cameras declined 36.2 percent in volume and a less alarming 26.3 percent in dollar terms.
Lens shipment dropped 13.1 percent in the same 9-month period.