The Digital camera & Imaging Merchandise Affiliation (CIPA) has launched the manufacturing and cargo knowledge of digital cameras and lenses for June 2021.
Up to now, in 2021, world digicam shipments peaked in March, with 830,006 models. Since then, it’s been a gentle decline, with June persevering with that pattern. That stated, world digicam shipments are nonetheless larger than final yr for each quantity and worth. In June 2021 676,803 models valued at 39 billion yen shipped in comparison with 511,517 models price 24.5 billion yen in June 2020, will increase of 32.3 p.c and 60.1 p.c, respectively.
If we ignore compact digicam gross sales and look solely at interchangeable lens cameras, the numbers are pretty related. June 2021 noticed 442,679 models price 33 billion yen shipped in June 2021 in comparison with 326,094 models price 19.3 billion yen in June 2020, will increase of 35.8 p.c and 71.2 p.c, respectively.
This knowledge continues the pattern we’ve seen over the previous yr or two whereby fewer models are being shipped (and finally offered) than earlier years, however the worth of these models is larger, which means the loss in quantity for digicam producers is a minimum of considerably being made up for with a rise in income per unit. This pattern is much more noticeable within the interchangeable lens digicam market, the place mirrorless cameras confirmed a 104 p.c YoY improve within the worth of models shipped in June 2021, regardless of quantity solely rising 58 p.c.
|This chart from CIPA exhibits whole shipments for cameras with interchangeable lenses in 2019 (purple, circles), 2020 (black, triangles) and 2021 (orange, squares). Click on to enlarge.|
For comparability, June 2021 noticed 191,560 DSLR models price 7.1 billion yen shipped. These are YoY will increase of 14.6 p.c and seven.8 p.c respectively. What this exhibits is that regardless of extra DSLR digicam models being shipped globally, the worth of these models is steadily lowering. There could possibly be a couple of causes for this discrepancy, however the two most blatant ones are that digicam corporations are discounting their dearer DSLR cameras to eliminate stock forward of the continuing transition to mirrorless; the second is that these nonetheless shopping for DSLR cameras are extra consumer-oriented clients who’re getting entry-level DSLR cameras that retail for a lot lower than prosumer and pro-grade DSLR cameras.
One other side to take note of is the continuing chip scarcity. Digital camera and lens producers have come out time and time once more to announce delays because of the incapability to supply the required elements, however it’s tough to evaluate simply how a lot that is affecting the manufacturing and cargo knowledge presently.
|CIPA’s full June 2021 breakdown, which exhibits manufacturing and cargo knowledge from January, February, March, April, Could and June 2021 by digicam sort and area. Click on to enlarge.|
As for regional knowledge, it’s a little bit harder to evaluate how cargo and manufacturing knowledge is affecting the trade as a complete. There are geographical areas the place COVID-19 and its variants are inflicting will increase in circumstances and journey restrictions, whereas different areas have seen life kind of return to ‘regular,’ as obscure as that definition could also be.
Regardless of the case is, June 2021 continues the traits we’ve seen as of late and as soon as once more backs up the statements we’ve seen from varied digicam and lens producers who’ve state that 2021 might be a yr of equilibrium that can very a lot form the state of the trade going ahead.