According to statistics released from Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA), total production of D-cams for the first nine months of 2010 gained 26.9 percent year-on-year helped by a steady increase of DSLR cameras, as reported in JPEA Photo Electro News. In September, production of DSLRs rose 25.8 percent taking nearly 10 percent of the total. Total shipments for the 9-month period rose 20.9 percent with a 33.7 percent in the SLR sector. Domestic market for DSLR cameras maintained a high growth rate of 35 percent despite a slowdown in September. Markets outside Japan were also favorable, rising 22.3 percent.
There was a hint of slowdown in September, however, in the compact category in foreign markets. Shipments to two major markets, Europe and North America, dropped 3.1 percent and 2.3 percent, respectively.