For the first time this year, camera shipments for October dipped significantly below the levels for the same month in 2016, but the total shipments for the year to date remain almost 11 percent up on 2016.
There was a sharp rise in the graph for October, 2016 as the camera manufacturers recovered from the April Kumamoto earthquake, and this needs to be considered when looking at the October 2017 result.
Looking deeper into the CIPA figures, it seems that mirrorless interchangeables continue to be the best performing category. For the first time, they represent a larger dollar value to the camera manufacturers than digital compacts.
DSLR shipments continue to slide. In October 2017 they were down an alarming 22 percent, and 7 percent for the year to date. By comparison, mirrorless interchangeable shipments were up 12 percent for the month and 42 percent for the year from Jan-October (65 percent in dollar terms). There were 6.4 million DSLRs shipped and 3.4 million mirrorless interchangeables.
The arrest in the slide of digital compact cameras is confirmed by the latest data. While shipments were down six percent for the month they are up on Jan-Oct 2016 by 15 percent, and 24 percent in dollar terms. In fact, they are shipping stronger than the overall interchangeable lens category, which is dragged down by poor DSLR shipments.