No one buys digital cameras any more: Japanese export figures plummet further

CIPA figures for digital system cameras by month 2017-2019
(Image credit: CIPA)

CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association in Japan) has published its June report and we recommend shielding your eyes if you're squeamish, because the results aren't pretty. Sales of digital cameras have dropped by almost 1,000,000 in the month of June in just two years, almost halving the amount of units sold from 2017 to 2019. 

If this decrease had been spread out over ten years or so, it would still be significant. However, the speed at which sales are falling begs the question - when will the market level out? And what will the fallout from such dramatic decreases in sales be?

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.