Mirrorless camera sales rising despite continually shrinking global camera market

by Felix Esser

posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 3:23 PM EST


It's only been about a month ago that we shared an infographic made by LensVid, which unmistakably demonstrated the stark decrease in overall digital camera sales in the years 2012 and 2013. And while the trend seems to continue in 2014, the latest CIPA figures show at least a small beacon of hope. According to the sales statistics, mirrorless cameras have actually picked up steam in January and February 2014 as compared to the same time a year before.

Globally, the sales of mirrorless cameras have increased by 24.4% as compared to last year, with the most significant increases in Japan and Europe. In the Americas, however, mirrorless camera sales have actually decreased by 34.2%. The North American market in particular has always been the toughest one for mirrorless camera makers, as it is one of the last remaining DSLR strongholds.

Unfortunately, the general trend seems to be a continuing decline in overall digital camera sales. Not in a single region of the world have overall digital camera sales improved this year. On the contrary, overall global digital camera sales declined by 34.5% in the first two months of 2014 as compared to the same time span in 2013. Once again, the greatest decline could be seen in American markets, where overall digital camera sales went down by almost 50%.

So while these are good news for fans and makers of mirrorless cameras, it seems on the whole the camera industry still has a long way to go until it can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

(via Amateur Photographer)