Camera sales are up, but long-term trends point to industry decline

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The CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) is a Japanese industry body that publishes regular statistics about camera production and shipments. With all the big names taking part, from Canon to Nikon and Zeiss to Sigma, it’s a treasure trove of data for anyone involved in the business. 

So what does its latest set of figures tell us about where the market is heading right now? Well, in one sense it’s good news. Figures were up across the board this June, compared to the same month last year. Notably, total production of digital still cameras was up 148%, and total shipments worldwide increased by 132%. 

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.