As per reports by major digital camera makers, the annual shipments of digital cameras for the fiscal
2012 ending March 2013 will further drop by 6 million units since their latest forecast unveiled.
The reason cited is the fast dissemination of multi- functional smartphones.
Canon has already closed its book for FY2012, ending in 26.5 million units, 1.3 million less than the figures forecasted. The company had expected an approximate 20% shrink in the Chinese market, but instead saw a 30% drop. Fujifilm also admitted that its expectation in China also didn’t match up
to the prediction. This was owing to the economic slowdown. A total of 88.2 million units of D-cam
by six major D-cam suppliers are expected to be shipped for FY 2012 compared.
For fiscal 2013, Canon and Nikon will enhance high-end models mounting 20MP, high-performance imager. Sony is working with a wireless transmission capability. Olympus, 90% of whose sales are compact point-and-shoot models, will focus on the mirrorless type in the lens interchangeable system cameras.