The camera market is shrinking: compact camera soon to be an endangered species


According to Cipa, the interest group of the Japanese photo industry, 14 mio cameras have been delivered worldwide in the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the previous year, when 25 mio were shipped, this constitutes a sharp decline of an alarming 40%. Especially the demand for compact cameras has heavily decreased. While 21 mio could be marketed in the first quarter of 2012, only 11 mio could be sold during the same time frame in 2013.


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Still, one should not be tempted to purchase and stockpile cameras out of fear of not being able to get hold of a real camera and thus be forced to use a smartphone. The demand for system cameras has only slightly decreased compared to the previous year: from 4 mio in Q1 of the previous year to 3 mio in the first quarter of 2013. Concerning lenses, the downturn in demand is smallest. The distribution has decreased from 6 mio in the previous year to 5,3 mio. Good glass still seems to be the flavour of the month 😉 Interestingly, among lenses, APS-C optics seem to stagnate, while KB lenses are in high demand. Up until now, I deemed the hype around full frame and the speculations on the downfall of the APS-C format nonsensical. By virtue of the figures, however, there is a grain of truth to it. Those of you who are interested in further figures (from Germany and the UK), go have a look at the full article on (german) 🙂

  1. […] industry is facing serious troubles these days. On the one hand, many photographers turn to smart phones instead of compact cameras, on the other hand, the remaining camera markets are shrinking, although not nearly as much. What […]


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