According to CIPA estimates, in April, shipments of digital cameras decreased compared to March

According to CIPA estimates, in April, shipments of digital cameras decreased compared to March

CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association in Japan), which includes Japanese manufacturers of photographic equipment, has published a report on the state of the digital camera market, including data for April. In short, the dynamics of the market is the same as last year. Deliveries decreased compared to March, but growth was recorded in annual terms.

In April, 756,155 cameras were shipped. This is 37.1% more in annual terms.

If we consider separately cameras with interchangeable lenses, the picture is somewhat different. Last year, April sales were better than March, and this year it was the other way around. In total, 496,224 cameras were sold in April, which is 65.7% more than a year ago.

Cameras with fixed lenses in April of this year were sold 259,931 pieces. This is 3.2% more than a year ago.

Note that in all three cases, it is interesting to compare not only with last year, when the market was severely affected by the pandemic, but also with 2019. The charts show that sales are recovering, but they are far from the 2019 level. If you dig a little deeper – in the tables on the CIPA website, where, in addition to quantitative indicators, monetary indicators are given, you can see that quantitative ones have decreased to a greater extent than monetary ones. This indicates an increase in the average price of the camera. This phenomenon is less noticeable in the segment of SLR cameras and is very pronounced in the segment of mirrorless cameras. It’s time to remember the enthusiastic talk about how ditching the expensive optical viewfinder and mirror-up mechanism would make cameras cheaper.

According to CIPA estimates, in April, shipments of digital cameras decreased compared to March

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