Mirrorless Cameras Putting SLRs in Shade in Japan

Economy

Tokyo, Sept. 7 (Jiji Press)--Mirrorless cameras are overtaking long-beloved single-lens reflex cameras in popularity in Japan, with their shipments ranking first in the domestic market for interchangeable lens digital cameras in January-June this year.

With their lightweight bodies and enhanced shooting capabilities, they are proving a hit.

According to the Camera & Imaging Products Association, domestic shipments of mirrorless cameras in the first half rose 9.1 pct from a year earlier to 292,269 units, while those of SLRs dropped 24.9 pct to 246,150 units.

Shipments of mirrorless cameras have topped those of SLRs on a monthly basis in the past, but this is the first time that they have done so for a half-year period.

The brisk demand is expected to continue as digital cameras outsold SLRs in July.

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