Japan Digital Camera Shipments Picking Up on Instagram Demand

Culture

Tokyo, Feb. 2 (Jiji Press)—Shipments of digital cameras are showing signs of recovery in Japan, thanks to demand from young people keen to take "instagenic" photos that look good on Instagram and other social media.

Shipments in Japan in 2017 rose 0.03% from the previous year to 3,521,425 units, up for the first time in seven years, the Camera & Imaging Products Association said Thursday.

Including those shipped abroad, overall digital camera shipments grew 3.3% to 24,978,486 units, the association said.

After peaking at 11.11 million units in 2008, domestic shipments shrank to about one-third of the level in 2016, according to the association.

Shipments of low-priced compact digital cameras have plunged, dragged down by the popularity of smartphones with high camera performances.

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