I had a quick look at CIPA statistics today which now include November 2016. Over the past three months there has been a bit of a recovery in the fixed lens camera market. As a result Nikon DL prospects look better than they did a few months ago. Starting in May 2016 the fixed lens camera market was in decline right up to August. The past three months has shown some recovery in overall market shipment volume in this camera segment:
2016 fixed lens camera market unit shipments:
It is interesting to note that November 2016 is the first time in 3 years that this camera segment has shown a shipment volume increase in the month of November. If this very modest recovery continues it could bode well for the eventual availability of the Nikon DL series of cameras.
All is not rosy of course. The fixed lens market is still significantly below what it has been the past couple of years. Whether the market is large enough for Nikon to proceed with the DL line-up of cameras is still anyone’s guess.
The interchangeable lens camera market is still running behind 2014 and 2015 levels but there is also some recovery underway. Unit shipment volumes in September, October and November have been the highest in 2016.
Interchangeable lens camera market unit shipments:
Shipments during the past three months have been running at about 95% of 2015 or better, with November coming in 99.8% of 2015. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues in December and on into 2017.
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