Personal View site logo
Make sure to join PV on Telegram or Facebook! Perfect to keep up with community on your smartphone.
Camera sales, including September reports
  • image



    800 x 393 - 101K
    800 x 392 - 102K
    800 x 385 - 103K
  • 3 Replies sorted by
  • This year, shipments of interchangeable-lens cameras are diving suddenly after years of robust growth. Most of those are digital single-lens reflex, or DSLR, cameras—the bulky models used by professional photographers and enthusiasts.

    Research firm IDC expects shipments of such cameras to fall 9.1% to 17.4 million units from 19.1 million units last year.

    We are seeing tough figures at the moment, but I don't think this will last forever,'' said Nikon Chief Financial Officer Junichi Itoh, at an earnings news conference on Thursday. "There still is potential demand, and I think China is the key."

    Shares of Canon, which two weeks ago said it expected to sell 8 million interchangeable-lens cameras this year, instead of the 9 million it forecast in July, have declined 7.3% since January, even as Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 stock index gained 37%. Nikon's shares have fallen 29% this year.


  • Worldwide demand for digital cameras is forecast to reach 86 million units in 2013, representing a decline of 24% when compared with 2012. However, the interchangeable lens camera segment will continue to experience growth, according to a new industry report from Futuresource Consulting.

    Interchangeable lens cameras will account for one in every four digital cameras shipped this year," says Arun Gill, Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. "That's up from less than one in every five in 2012 and - of greater significance - for the very first time the segment will account for more than half the total digital camera trade value. Here at Futuresource we expect the interchangeable lens segment to grow 5% in 2013, to reach close to 21 million units shipped.

    "Although consumer demand for fixed lens cameras is falling across all regions, the rapid uptake of connected mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets means there are more camera devices in use than ever before. And here's the interesting part: as consumers' experience of capturing mobile photos develops, their interest in photography is likely to increase. Now we're seeing a growing base of photo enthusiasts, especially in less developed countries, who desire a high-end digital camera with advanced features such as larger optical zooms and bigger image sensors. This will provide an opportunity for further growth in higher end camera sales, particularly with interchangeable lenses."

    Following triple-digit volume growth in 2012, demand for CSC has softened in H1 2013 and will grow by 6% year-on-year to reach 4.2 million units. This relatively weak growth suggests there is a lack of consumer education regarding CSC, and more favourable consumer preference for DSLR cameras. Demand for DSLR cameras has been driven by entry-level models becoming more affordable. While CSC will represent almost half the interchangeable camera market volume in Japan, DSLR remains by far the most popular format globally, with 80% volume share expected for 2013.