Japanese camera makers shipped 24 per cent more cameras worldwide in the period January-September 2006 compared to the same months last year. This is according to figures gathered from the Japanese Camera & Imaging Association or CIPA. The figures also showed an uptick in digital SLR sales by 26%.
In money terms, digital cameras with built-in lens accounted for $8.6 billion for the first three quarters of 2006; DSLRs accounted for $2.0 billion.
In number of units, Europe took in 17,496,291 compact cameras and 1,293,092 DSLRs from Japan during the period, while North America imported 15,268,960 compacts and 1,167,305 DSLRs.
These were shipments from major Japanese camera manufacturers Canon, Casio, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Sigma and Sony.