The CIPA statistics are out, and there’s tons of confirmation of what we’ve been seeing all year long. The camera market went down yet again, but likely bottomed out in 2020, at a level of units not far off from the number of cameras that were once sold before all this new fangled digital fiddle faddle started. Most interestingly, mirrorless cameras beat out unit shipments of DSLRs for the first time.

DSLR figures are likely shown a bit exaggerated in terms of unit figures, as inventories are written down. That is likely why the average price per DSLR sold is only $387, which isn’t a realistic figure, given the increase in proportion of higher-end DSLR releases. Average price for mirrorless cameras was $805.