The ILCs are coming! Global shipments of mirrorless interchangeable cameras enjoyed a resurgence in February, according tor figures published by Japan’s Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) – and the Australian market contributed to the rise in activity.
CIPA’s figures show mirrorless interchangeables up 33.7 percent compared to the same month a year earlier, a reversal of the trend in January-December 2013, in which mirrorless models fell more than 16 percent in unit terms, year-on-year.
Global shipments of SLRs, meanwhile, dropped 12.3 percent in February.
In February 2014, mirrorless interchangeable shipments increased by 54 percent in value, indicating a rise in average selling price on top of the increase in units.
This was reflected in Australia, where mirrorless interchangeable sales increased 22 percent in volume and 40 percent in value terms, according to GfK Australia senior account manager, Min-Woo Jeong.
While the size of the interchangeable lens camera pie is not growing appreciably, mirrorless interchangeable cameras now represent 25 percent of the pie, compared with 20 percent in the same period in 2013, Mr Jeong told Photo Counter.
In the compact market, the trend of declining sales is continuing.
When global CIPA shipment figures are analysed, shipments to Europe climbed 26 percent but this was offset by a 34 percent fall in the American market.
In the UK, GfK reported an uptick in mirrorless interchangeable sales of 21 percent in volume, 19 percent in value in January and February 2014.