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Slow start to year as camera production and shipping plunge

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:29:00 Z

Photo by Arno Body According to the latest data released by CIPA, the number of cameras made and shipped in the first month of 2018 barely reached 70% of the volume for the same period last year and the year before that. Not a great start to the year... As usual, cameras with lenses built in—compacts and bridge cameras—continue to show the worst decline, with only half as many of these models shipped to the USA and Asia in January 2018 as there were in January 2017. But while production and shipments were quite dramatically down by volume, measurements by value are not quite so bad, indicating that a more high priced cameras are selling... or that camera prices are rising. The value of interchangeable lens system mirrorless cameras produced actually rose by 8% even though the volume produced was only 80% of production last January—just fractionally ahead of DSLRs. Interestingly, DSLR shipments to Japan in that period were up on the previous year by volume and by value, but it was the only region that didn't see a decline in this category. Further figures released by CIPA demonstrate the market’s decline since 2016, and show that while January 2017 was almost level with January 2016, this year has started very differently. The decline of cameras with built-in lenses has dropped to only 60% of the number shipped in 2016, and more worryingly, graphs show that January 2018 shipment figures are well below almost every other month in the last two years. Hopefully this is just a blip, and we'll see the numbers jump back into the black (or closer to it) in February. For more information, visit the CIPA website, or check out the full report here.[...]

CIPA's November numbers show the digital camera market's continuing decline

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:15:00 Z

Graph: CIPA

The Japanese Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has released its numbers for November 2017, and they don't make for pleasant reading. In short: the downward trend in the digital camera market continues, with only 2,166,788 DSC units shipped in November 2017, or approximately 17% percent lower than the previous year.

Looking back further is even more depressing: almost an entire million more units were shipped in the same month in 2015.

The situation looks very similar when looking at interchangeable lens cameras separately. With just over one million shipped, the total in November is approximately 20% lower than the same month of the two previous years.

Due to smartphones taking over as the go-to imaging device for casual users, the market for digital cameras with built-in lenses has been plummeting for a while. At 1,163,523 units shipped, this market segment has now, at least in terms of shipments, almost shrunk to the same level as the interchangeable lens bracket.

The year-on-year decrease for November is not as dramatic for DSLRs and system cameras, but compared to two years ago, the number of cameras with built-in lenses that have been shipped has been cut almost in half.

Graph: CIPA

Barring earthquakes and other natural disasters in the camera manufacturing regions, November tends to be one of the stronger month in camera retail, making this report all the more disappointing. Let's hope the December numbers provide some reason for optimism when they arrive next month.

CIPA figures show disappointing October sales, but mirrorless continues to rise

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:13:00 Z

Graph: CIPA

The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has released its statistics for October 2017, and in contrast to previous years, we did not see the Black Friday/Thanksgiving induced spike we're used to seeing, with month-to-month shipments remaining fairly flat (read: disappointing).

In fact, year-on-year total camera shipments in October are down a whopping 13% although we did see an overall year-over-year increase of 11% in the digital camera market for the January-to-October timeframe, and 6 percent for ILCs. Part of this development could be due to production coming back online after the Kumamoto earthquake; however, this trend is likely to continue for another couple of CIPA reporting periods or so.

Compared to October 2016, 22% fewer DSLRs were shipped globally, but there was a 12% rise for mirrorless, indicating that mirrorless is continuing its rise while simultaneously cannibalizing market share from its DSLR cousins. Most of the mirrorless shipments are going to the Asia region, though, which still accounts for more than 50 percent of all mirrorless cameras shipped. Globally, mirrorless is now 36% of the total market for ILC.

With smartphones fulfilling most consumer imaging needs and a big manufacturer like Nikon thinking about re-entering the mirrorless segment, we'll be watching closely to see how those numbers develop over the coming months into 2018.

CIPA figures for May show more good news for camera makers

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 19:18:00 Z


The number of cameras made and shipped by manufacturers continues to grow, spelling some positive news for the photo industry. Although the total number of digital still cameras produced in May by members of the Camera and Imaging Products Association was only up by 4.1% in April, the difference over May 2016 was an impressive 42.2%—and by value 38.9%.

Compact camera and interchangeable lens camera shipments grew by much the same amount, but within the interchangeable lens sector almost two and a half times more mirrorless cameras were produced than last May, while DSLRs grew by only 12.1%.

By value, production of DSLRs was flat on last year and mirrorless up by 160%, but the number of DSLRs produced is still well ahead of compact system cameras—628,336 units as compared to just 387,287.

May 2017 figures still fell short of 2015 (the dotted purple line), but far outpaced May of 2016 (the solid black line).

The association’s figures show that the value of cameras shipped in May was up by 54.5% on the same month last year, with the compact system sector growing by over 200%. While the number of units shipped has also grown, these figures demonstrate a (predictable) movement towards higher priced cameras across the whole industry, and particularly in the mirrorless category.

The mirrorless bug seems to be quickly catching on in the USA, with the region showing value growth of 390%, but the actual number of models shipped still lags behind Europe and Asia. America seems to have a taste for the more expensive mirrorless models though, with a mean pre-tax price of around $720 per camera compared to $480 in Europe, $500 in Japan and $470 in Asia.

For more information see the CIPA website and our report on April 2017 figures.

Camera shipments continue to fall

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 07:04:32 Z

(image) The Japanese imaging manufacturers association, CIPA, has just released its global production and shipments report for the first half of the year, and there's not a lot of good news in it. Between January and June 2013 Japanese manufacturers shipped just short of 30 million digital cameras - that's a 43% drop in a single year.

According to the CIPA (Camera and Imaging Products Association) report, production of compact ('built-in lens') cameras fell by almost half in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period last year, and total camera shipments fell by 42.7% in the same period.

It's no surprise to see mass-market point and shoot cameras bearing the brunt of the decline. In volume terms they dominate the market, and sales are falling fast - not helped by the rapid rise of the smartphone as the camera of choice for casual snapshooters.

A little more surprising, though, are the year-on-year declines in shipments of DSLR and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, both down around 18.5% in the first half of 2013 compared to last year. The DSLR market has grown steadily since 2003, and it's going to be an uphill struggle to continue that growth in 2013 without some blockbuster autumn launches to drive the all-important peak buying season in Q4.

These numbers don't tell the whole story - shipments are not the same as sales, and CIPA reports don't include non-Japanese manufacturers such as Samsung (though they do include all overseas manufacturing done for and by Japanese companies). But the drop in production levels does suggest that the industry is not expecting a big surge in demand for the rest of the year. Average selling prices (specifically on fixed lenses) are also on the rise as manufacturers abandon the entry-level to concentrate their efforts on high-end cameras.

CIPA Global numbersProduction Prodution
vs 2012
 Shipments Shipments
vs 2012
Total cameras 29.6 million  - 45% 29.7 million   - 43%

Built-in Lens

22.4 million  - 49% 22.2 million  - 48%
Interchangeable Lens 7.2 million  - 24% 7.6 million - 18%
   - DSLR 6 million  - 23% 6.3 million - 18%
  - Mirrorless 1.2 million  - 29%  1.3 million - 18%

CIPA starts to report growing mirrorless sales

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:06:48 Z

(image) CIPA has started publishing sales and shipment figures for mirrorless cameras, giving a clear picture for their take-up around the world. The Japanese trade body will issue separate figures for 'Non-reflex' cameras and Single Lens Reflex cameras, rather than a combined 'interchangeable lens camera' category. The first batch of figures show mirrorless cameras are becoming increasingly popular in all major markets.

Unsurprisingly, Japan leads the world in embracing mirrorless cameras, with over half the interchangeable lens cameras shipped between October and December 2011 being of the non-reflex variety. Asia (excluding Japan) is in second place, with 30% of ILCs being mirrorless, with Europe and the Americas sitting around 21%. The interesting thing to note is that mirrorless continues to grow, proportionally, almost everywhere in the world.

These four regions saw the mirrorless proportion of ILC shipments increase at least 20% in the last three months of the year. For instance, the proportion of mirrorless cameras sold in the Americas region jumped from 12.5% to 22.1% between the third and fourth quarter of the year, a 76% increase. Sadly it's unlikely that we'll ever be told explicitly how much of that is a result of Nikon's marketing campaign for its 1 System - which is likely have helped raise awareness of the sector as a whole, as well as those specific models.

The proportion of interchangeable lens camera sales made up by SLRs (light blue) and non-reflex cameras (dark blue).

November's flooding in Thailand will have had some impact on the figures, since it resulted in a dramatic drop in DSLR production (which would boost the mirrorless proportion). However, it also hit production of Sony's NEX-7 and NEX-5N mirrorless models so the skewing effect isn't totally one-sided. The bigger picture will become clearer once figures for the first quarter of 2012 become available.

Ultimately, though, a big factor in mirrorless sales is that the technology is maturing and most of the big players have products available.

If you're not up-to-date with the state of the market, click here to read our updated Mirrorless camera roundup.

CIPA issues 2009 sales figures and 2010 forecast

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 16:15:00 Z

Japanese trade body Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has published an overview of 2009 camera sales and a forecast for 2010. Overall sales fell by 11.6% in 2009 to 105.9 million units but within those figures, DSLR and interchangeable lens camera sales grew 2.3% over the previous year and now account for 9.3% of the overall market. For 2010 CIPA, which gets its figures from all the major Japanese camera makers, predicts integrated-lens camera sales will rise 3.0% while DSLRs and interchangeable lens cameras sales will grow 11.1% compared to 2009. 2010 Outlook on the Shipment Forecast by Product-Type Concerning Cameras and Related Goods The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA, President: Tsuyoshi Kikukawa) has announced the outlook on the shipment forecasts by product-type concerning cameras and related goods for the term 2010. 1. Track Record of Shipments in 2009 The total shipments of digital cameras in 2009 (the cumulative total of shipments from January to December) reached 105.9 million units, exceeding the performance in 2007 for the third consecutive year, when shipments broke through the 100 million unit mark for the first time since CIPA began compiling statistics. While this represents a year-on-year decrease of 11.6% compared to 2008, when shipments exceeded 119 million units, a breakdown by product-type shows that, although shipments of digital cameras with built-in lens (i.e. compact digital cameras) reached 96 million units, a year-on year decrease of 12.8%, shipments of digital SLR cameras with interchangeable lens (i.e. digital single-lens reflex cameras, including Micro Four Thirds System and interchangeable unit cameras) reached 9.9 million units, a year-on-year increase of 2.3% and, additionally, shipments of interchangeable lens for SLR cameras reached 16.1 million units, a year-on-year increase of 2.8%, exhibiting solid growth in categories with higher added value. 2. Outlook on Shipments in 2010 The forecast for total shipment (the cumulative total of shipments from January to December) of digital cameras in 2010 is 109.9 million units, a year-on-year increase of 3.8%. On a breakdown by type, shipments of digital cameras with built-in lens and digital SLR cameras with interchangeable lens are forecasted to reach approximately 98.9 million (a year-on-year increase of 3.0%) and approximately 11 million units (a year-on-year increase of 11.1%) respectively. Of particular note is the expectation of conspicuous growth in categories such as digital SLR cameras with interchangeable lens for markets outside Japan, with shipments of 9.9 million units, a year-on-year increase of 12.5%, anticipated. The total shipments of interchangeable lens for SLR cameras continue to grow apace with the expanding market for digital SLR cameras with interchangeable lens, with a forecast for 2010 of shipments of 17.9 million units, a year-on-year increase of 11.2%.   Total shipments (millions of units)   2009 figures Y-O-Y % 2010 forecast Y-O-Y % Digital cameras 105.9 88.4% 109.9 103.8% DSLR / iLC 9.9 102.3% 11.0 111[...]

CIPA official site for PictBridge

Wed, 10 Sep 2003 08:02:17 Z

(image) The Camera & Imaging Product Association (CIPA) has launched the official site for PictBridge, the industry standard for direct printing of images from a digital camera using a cable without the use of a PC. The standard was established as one of the CIPA specifications in February 2003 and is already been supported by a number of manufacturers. The site is available in both English and Japanese.

CIPA launches the official site for ‘PictBridge’

Industry standard for direct printing from digital cameras

Camera & Imaging Product Association (CIPA) launched today the official site for PictBridge (, an industry standard enabling the direct printing of images from a digital camera using a cable without the use of a PC. The English version will be also available from September. This standard was established as one of the CIPA specifications (CIPA DC-001-2003) in
February 2003. A lot of manufacturers have already approved of it. CIPA opened this site in expectation of users being able to deepen their understanding of PictBridge. Also, it is anticipated that the site will expedite the adoption of the standard in products in the related industries.

Features of this site:
1. Features of PictBridge are introduced in plane language with minimal technical terms.
2. Users can simulate the usability of PictBridge by animation.
3. CIPA will centrally provide various kinds of information for companies that are considering the adoption of PictBridge.

The contents of the site

For Personal Users

  • What is PictBridge?
  • Try it out! “Virtual PictBridge”
  • Manufacturers supporting PictBridge
  • PictBridge certified product listing

For Developers

  • Learn about PictBridge
  • Guide to obtaining standard
  • Logo certification program
  • How to join

Click here for the official PictBridge site