Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) announced that digicam shipments in January 2007 increased 5.4% year-on-year (YoY) to 4,041,634 units. While compact digicams remained almost flat YoY, single-lens reflex (SLR) digicams hiked 72.9% YoY to 483,195 units.

Of the total digicam shipments, domestic shipments grew 11.2% YoY to 562,343 units. Compact digicams rose 8.3% YoY to 504,763 units, while SLR digicams soared 46.2% YoY to 57,580 units. Interchangeable lenses for SLR digicams also increased 46.7% YoY to 91,957 units.

In the Japanese market, high-resolution products are prevailing more widely compared to in overseas markets. Shipments of models with 6-megapixel or higher resolution were up from the 58% a year ago to 95% of domestic digicam shipments. From 6-megapixel to less than 8-megapixel resolution models provided the largest stake in the 95%, but sales of over 8-megapixel resolution models increased about 2.2 times more than the sales in the same month last year, outperforming the sales growth of 6-megapixel to 8-megapixel resolution models.

Meanwhile, SLR digicams grew rapidly in overseas markets. Overseas shipments of SLR digicams grew faster than domestic shipments, rising 77.3% YoY. Shipments toward the European market, which contribute most in the overall shipments, rose 23.3% YoY at a relatively slow pitch to 174,261 units, while those to the North American and Asian markets rapidly expanded about 2.2 times more than the previous year's to 149,791 units and 3.5 times more to 92,083 units, respectively. On the other hand, total compact digicam shipments to overseas markets edged down 1.1% YoY.