In response to the latest figures (PDF) from Japan-based Digicam & Imaging Merchandise Affiliation (CIPA), whole shipments of interchangeable-lens digital cameras grew by virtually 11% in 2022. Some 5.93 million models of interchangeable-lens cameras have been shipped, 110.8% of the earlier yr. This class of digital camera accounts for almost three-quarters (74%) of whole shipments. In the meantime, shipments of lenses in 2022 totalled 9.73 million models, a small 2% enhance on the earlier yr and roughly 1.6 occasions the variety of interchangeable-lens digital camera our bodies shipped.
Total, nevertheless, the whole shipments of digital cameras have been down 4.2% to eight.01 million models. The digital camera market first began to lower in 2009 because of the impression of the worldwide financial recession. Though it began to select up in 2017, CIPA’s figures present, the market has fallen beneath the earlier yr’s degree for 5 consecutive years since 2018. The principal cause for the decline in general shipments stays the rise of smartphones, which has dramatically affected the gross sales of compact digital cameras. In 2022, shipments of digital cameras with a built-in lens dropped 30% in comparison with the earlier yr, with simply 2.08 million models shipped—simply over 26% of the whole.
In the identical report, CIPA supplied a reasonably gloomy outlook for 2023, anticipating to ship solely 5.72 million models of interchangeable-lens cameras (down 3.5% in comparison with 2022), 9.39 million models of lenses (down 3.5%), and simply 1.68 million compacts (down 19%). The affiliation cites the persevering with “worldwide semiconductor provide scarcity” and “the truth that the darkish clouds of the coronavirus catastrophe haven’t been fully cleared” as causes for the pessimism.