Canon Says the Digicam Market ‘Has Largely Bottomed Out’


In a query and reply doc hooked up to its second quarter 2022 monetary outcomes, Canon responds to an inquiry about the way forward for the digital camera market by saying it believes it “has largely bottomed out at its present dimension.”

Canon has responded somewhat overtly to a set of questions linked to the monetary stability of its many sectors, however its reply to inquiries concerning the state of the digital camera business is especially frank.

The corporate was requested what its outlook for the digital camera market goes ahead, and if it will proceed to supply each mirrorless and DSLR cameras. To that, the corporate responded:

“The digital camera market has largely bottomed out at its present dimension. Going ahead, we anticipate the skilled and superior novice phase to increase additional and that merchandise will develop into extra extremely developed. Accordingly, we anticipate the general market to develop any longer. As for DSLR cameras, we’ll proceed to provide merchandise so long as there may be demand.”

Canon appears to be arguing right here that the business’s regular decline, together with its personal losses, has lastly reached the underside and that it could’t get any worse for digital camera producers than it already is. The corporate has additionally acknowledged that the newbie and amateur-level photographer isn’t seeking to corporations prefer it or its opponents to offer options to digital imaging, possible ceding that to smartphones. So whereas shipments are at an all-time low, gross sales numbers can nonetheless rise.

Associated, however discovered in a separate doc, Canon addresses a query of its imaging division’s revenue decline that got here as the results of the closing of a manufacturing facility and was requested to clarify that closure and its monetary influence.

“We determined to shut a manufacturing website in China, which primarily produced compact cameras, because it grew to become more and more harder to proceed operations in gentle of market contraction,” Canon says. “We’re not disclosing the precise quantity of monetary influence, however excluding particular elements, we consider revenue elevated.”

This assertion hyperlinks to the earlier in that it reveals Canon has principally come to phrases with dropping the low-end of the market. However as a result of the corporate is focusing its efforts on the higher-end and eradicating the prices related to producing lower-end cameras that the market wasn’t shopping for, it was in a position to return to a revenue.

The digital camera business has been slogging by means of a number of tough years as the results of a contracting gross sales market in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. However primarily based on Canon’s statements, the corporate appears to consider the worst is now behind it and that it’s now set as much as financially carry out positively going ahead.


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