The camera sales rollercoaster is crazy, but amazing May was driven by the high-end models

 People enjoy an autumn night riding a rollercoaster at Fuji-Q. Mt Fuji stands tall in the background during the sunset.
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There has been some serious concern in recent years over the declining number of camera sales. Clearly, a significant factor has been the rise to dominance of camera phones. However, promising statistics between May 2022 and May 2023 show an 11% increase in digital camera exports from Japan – and a lot of that positive activity in interchangeable lens cameras.

Since the start of 2023, there has been a gradual increase in the shipment of digital cameras from just 262,228 units shipped in January compared to 548,242 units in May 2023 representing a 117% increase. Interchangeable lens cameras (DSLRs and mirrorless cameras) are the main reason for the increase which is no surprise considering the release of the Fujifilm X-T5 in November 2022 (which took a while to actually ship), the Panasonic Lumix S5 Mark II in January 2023 and the Canon EOS R8 and EOS R50 in February 2023. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.