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Camera Production Figures (CIPA)

DSLR, mirrorless, Nikon D800, Canon 5D Mark III, Fujifilm, Sony NEX, Ricoh GR, Sigma DP Merrill, Panasonic, Olympus, Zeiss Touit

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Using the CIPA numbers, I graphed the year over year production figures.

One should note that about 3/4 of total unit volume is point and shoot style cameras (“Built-in Lens”), a market in decline. But the vast majority of those cameras are low-end small sensor cameras, not premium fixed-lens cameras like the Ricoh GR or Sigma DP Merrill or Nikon Coolpix A; these could be on the upswing even as the entry level type are in serious decline: the entry level cameras are being displaced by smartphone cameras, their existential moment. Unfortunately the CIPA numbers do not distinguish between the two.

Observations:

  • February was an inflection point at which production of all types of cameras was cut drastically relative to 2012.
  • Interchangeable lens cameras (green lens) have held up far better than the low end point and shoot market (red line).
  • Reflex (DSLR) cameras have held up better than non-reflex (mirrorless) interchangeable lens cameras in the March - June timeline.

This last point is interesting: it suggest that interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras are losing market traction relative to DSLRs! Which makes me wonder whether the demise of the DSLR is farther off than I had thought. The DSLR market is well established . It might be that the mirrorless alternatives still have to close many gaps to be a true replacement (lens selection, autofocus speed, image quality, usability, etc). Or it might just be that buyers anticipate new models this fall, such as a full-frame Sony NEX.

Year over year percentage change in the production of still cameras of various types.

Year over Year Camera production (percent) per CIPA numbers
Year over Year Camera production (percent)
per CIPA numbers

Cameras produced Jan - June 2013

Observations:

  • Cameras with built-in lenses in unit terms outnumber interchangeable lens cameras by about 4:1.
  • DSLR (reflex) cameras still dominate the interchangeable lens market, which says that systems like Sony NEX and Fujifilm X are still very small players by comparison.

Jan - June 2013 production of still cameras (millions of units).

Still camera production Jan - June 2013 (millions of units) per CIPA numbers
Still camera production Jan - June 2013 (millions of units)
per CIPA numbers

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