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Thread: CIPA: Less than 7 million cameras have shipped from Jan-Oct 202

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    CIPA: Less than 7 million cameras have shipped from Jan-Oct 202

    https://www.dpreview.com/news/559757...id-19-downturn

    And I personally expect November-December 2020 to not ship more than 2 million digital still cameras (DSC).

    A grand total of less than 9 million DSC shipped globally for 2020.

    This would be the worst year since the all time high of 121 million back in 2010

    Will it settle back again at about 1999's 5.06 million?

    In 2019 the global shipment of DSC was 15.2 million vs 1.52 billion of smartphones.

    That's a ratio of 1 DSC to 100 smartphones.

    Camera makers are now focusing on camera features iPhones and Androids will have difficulty replicating due to their limited size. Though these "advantages" may not last long due to computational photography. The features are

    • Larger image sensors that allow for higher ISO and dynamic range
    • Super zooms that allow 35mm equivalent optical zooms of 20mm to 3,000mm
    • Better water resistance or ruggedness
    • Built-in photo paper printing


    Even with the limited dimensions of a conventional smartphone R&D money from over billions of smartphones sold annually allowed for creation of

    • Larger image sensor: iPhone is now 47% larger than before & Android made improvements as well
    • Super zooms: Have been addressed by having more than 1 rear cameras with ultrawide, wide & telephoto zoom ranges
    • Better water resistance: iPhones 12 now can do IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes) & Android can do something similar as well
    • Built-in photo paper printing... smartphone makers are smart enough not to sell to hipsters. :LOL:
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    Manufacturing around the world ceased for several months as lockdowns for Covid-19 impacted manufacturing zones. So i would not expect anything different. When manufacturing ceases, that reduces the volume of stock available to sell. Also with stay-at-home orders, cameras are not likely at the top of everyone's list to purchase. And people around the world suddenly found themselves on no, or reduced incomes.

    I think this had a bigger impact (not just on cameras) than the phone sales or any other matter. Even the graphs in the link you provided show that sales are increasing the most recent months, so like every other manufactured item, sales are starting to recover.
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    Now the question is will it stabilize or exceed 9 million units shipped for all 12 months of 2021 or 2022?

    Or it will it decline further to say 7.2 million? It's been a nose dive since 2010


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    Interesting that 2010 was the year that facebook introduced 'groups' and in the same year Instagram was created.

    Suddenly everyone could add filters to their photos and make them look 'professional' and the world churned from the DSLR to the camera phone. Facebook groups let them join topics of interest and forums began their decline too.

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