The Japan Camera Industry Association (JCIA) has today published a report on the shipment of digital still cameras for the first half of the year 2001 (Jan - June).

It tells us that between January and June this year Japan:

  • Exported 3.9 million digital still cameras, up 34%*
    with a total value of 143 Billion YEN / US$ 1.14 Billion, up 18%*
     
  • Produced 2.1 million digital still cameras for its domestic market, up 86%*
    with a total value of 78 Billion Yen / US$ 624 Million, up 53%*

* Compared to same period last year

JCIA figures:

Camera shipment in the first half of 2001 (January - June)
  Domestic - Japan Export Total
Film camera 1,535 ( 87.7)
24,137 ( 80.6)
11,704 ( 89.1)
97,428 ( 84.9)
13,240 ( 89.0)
121,564 ( 84.0)
Digital still camera 2,059 (185.5)
77,910 (153.8)
3,852 (134.4)
142,607 (117.9)
5,911 (148.7)
220,517 (128.5)
Total 3,594 (125.7)
102,047 (126.6)
15,556 (97.2)
240,035 (101.8)
19,151 (101.5)
342,081 (108.1)

Top row: '000 of units
Bottom row: value 1,000,000 YEN.
Figure in (brackets) is ratio % compared to same period last year.

Approximate value per unit (based on figures above):

  • Domestic film camera: 15,700 YEN (US $125)
  • Exported film camera: 8,300 YEN (US$ 67)
  • Domestic digital camera: 37,800 YEN (US$ 303)
  • Exported digital still camera: 37,000 YEN (US$ 297)

Interesting observations:

  • Japanese market - 42% film camera, 58% digital camera (by units)
  • Japanese market - 23% film camera, 77% digital camera (worth by value)
     
  • Export market - 75% film camera, 25% digital camera (by units)
  • Export market - 41% film camera, 59% digital camera (worth by value)