We've all heard the cry about smartphone sales negatively impacting the sales of cameras, but this is NOT a universal truth.
Tracking phone sales vs. the (more optimistic statistic) production of cameras indeed shows a converse relationship between the two. Overall camera production has plummeted.
But what about my favorite category, namely mirrorless cameras? How have they fared in response to the smartphone onslaught?
As we can plainly see, the production numbers of mirrorless units is extremely small compared to sales (and inherent production) of smartphones.
In fact, measured across the last two years, it seems smartphones have not impacted mirrorless production at all. There doesn't seem to be any correlation whatsoever.
This is great news for those of us who enthusiastically endorse the still developing mirrorless market. Undoubtedly, camera manufacturers have studied these same statistics and are using this as the basis for continued development, innovation and marketing of the mirrorless category, small as it is.
Stay tuned for further analysis and breakouts of other categories...
Info for the above analysis from CIPA and communities-dominate.blogs.com.