Japanese firm BCN Retail released its camera sales report for March, and the numbers are undeniably grim. In Japan, mirrorless camera sales dropped by over 50% year-over-year in March, with little reason to believe they’ll rebound in the coming months.
BCN numbers should always come with asterisk, since the firm only reports on a sample of online and physical retailers in Japan, but there’s little reason to believe that this pandemic-induced sales slump would somehow be limited to Japanese retailers. As such, these numbers give us our first, raw data-based glimpse at the financial fallout camera makers are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread economic shutdown it has caused.
According to the BCN data, Sony sales volume dropped by 44.5%, Olympus by 54.9%, and Canon by 32.3%. Fujifilm, in fourth place, actually saw its sales volume increase year-over-year, but overall sales of mirrorless cameras still dropped by a whopping 50.5%, compared to a more standard 9.9% drop in January.
These BCN figures are almost certainly a harbinger of a brutal 2020 for camera makers, in Japan and beyond. When they are made available, Q1 and Q2 numbers from CIPA will be far more revealing, but likely just as grim.
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