I am sharing this on every photo forum I am a member of as we are either working or hobbyist photographer who have probably bought a mirrorless/SLR camera. I find it a fun topic to talk about, assuming you aren't selling these still cameras.
Vincent LaForet was the first to promote the coming of HD video onto SLRs making his thoughts on the ongoing decline of still cameras have weight.
Without further adieu read this blog post below.
Note to Vincent: Get someone to proof read for you.
This video below expounds LaForet's thoughts with some rounded numbers
Here are some more precise numbers to supplement the blog and video.
Production, Shipment of Digital Still Cameras in 2014
42.8 million - still cameras covering point & shoots, mirrorless and SLRs
- 29.28 million point & shoots
- 3.17 million mirrorless
- 10.32 million SLRs
Production, Shipment of Digital Still Cameras in 2013
61.0 million - still cameras covering point & shoots, mirrorless and SLRs
- 44.19 million point & shoots
- 3.18 million mirrorless
- 13.64 million SLRs
Production, Shipment of Interchangeable Lenses in 2014
22.3 million lenses covering crop & full frame
- 5.7 million full frame lenses
- 16.6 million crop lenses
Production, Shipment of Interchangeable Lenses in 2013
25.88 million22.3 million lenses covering crop & full frame
- 6.01 million full frame lenses
- 19.87 million crop lenses
1.3 billion smartphones shipped in 2014
Of which 1 billion are Android and 193 million are iPhones
Makes me wish I used all the money I spent on Canon & Apple gear went into Apple stock at $7.00/share in 2002.
What makes the smartphone market so big is that a sizeable chunk of smartphone users are on contract so they get upgraded phones every 12, 24 or 36 months. These upgrades are "pushed" on them rather than us working/hobbyist photographers "pulling" these upgrades with our still cameras.
I also think just like the PC shipping figures still cameras are either abandoned in favor of smartphones/tablets or upgraded based on need (the subject they're photographing needs XYZ feature or the camera broken down and isn't worth repairing).
Less than 1% of those buying a still camera of any sort buys a SLR. The 1% of the 1% of SLR buyers buys a double grip pro body like a Canon 1D X or Nikon D4S.
It puts into perspective where/who we are today. Doesn't it?
With this in mind do you find yourself thinking perhaps the next upgrade you will skip all together?