Global shipments of digital still cameras appear to have stablized from a long period of decline, following the recent release of February shipment numbers from the Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

Based the Association’s January and February shipment data, unit shipments over the first two months of the year are tracking closely with levels recorded over the first two months of 2020.

A shipment level chart posted on the CIPA web site, indicates total digital still camera shipments across 2019, 2020 and 2021 through February. These numbers include compact cameras with built-in lenses, DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras.

In January camera shipments under performed Jan. 2020, but the numbers caught back up in February. Importantly, the numbers for interchangeable lens camera models, more closely paralleled Jan., 2020, in coming down 6.2% in unit volume but up 17.3% in value.

Source: CIPA, 2021

Comparatively, CIPA reported total digital still camera shipments were down 12.7% by volume and up 9% by value, for the first two months of the year. Interchangeable lens camera shipments were down just 6.2% by volume but up 17.3% by value, from the first two months of 2020.

Digital still camera shipments for January 2021: 636,863 vs January 2020: 804,646 units shipped; February 2021: 673,564 vs February 2020 1,001,398 units shipped.

For a further breakdown of shipments by camera type visit the CIPA site here.

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