More doom and gloom: camera sales dropped badly in 2013, 2014 off to poor start


posted Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 2:58 PM EDT


More bad news from the world of camera sales—there's more data on just how rough of a year 2013 was, and it looks like 2014 is off to a pretty poor start. This builds on previous reports of poor sales, and doesn't paint the beginnings of this year in a very positive light.

LensVid has put together an infographic on camera sales from 2009-2013, based on CIPA information. These data have already been reported on widely, but this image does a lot to make it far easier to parse. The takeway? A significant decline in sales across the entire camera market. A 40% drop in cameras shipped last year, and a 20% drop in lenses. Mirrorless cameras fell 25%, and DSLRs by 19%. While both mirrorless and DSLR cameras grew in terms of market share, the overall decline in sales still mars that minor improvement.

Meanwhile, the first numbers for 2014 have come through, and camera shipments for both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have dropped even further. DSLRs, in particular, hit their lowest in two years. While that's only the first data point for the year, and January tends to be a low point, it's still a rather unpleasant start to 2014. Here's hoping that the numbers will climb over the next few months.

(via 43Rumors, CanonRumors)