Compact system camera, also known as mirrorless cameras turned in an outstanding positive performance in 2013, garnering 2.6 percent growth in volume sales over 2012 amidst a downsizing trend in the overall digital still camera (DSC) market in Singapore. Consumers here bought some 425,000 digital still cameras in total—significantly lesser by over 100,000 compared to a year ago; bringing the local market down by some 26 percent in total value to reach $179 million.


Mirrorless camera is the only DSC segment that bucked the general downtrend; managing to turn in 2.6 per cent growth in volume sales. In 2013, over 53,000 units of such cameras were purchased by consumers in the country; increasing its share of market size by 4 percent to 13 per cent.

The proliferation of the Internet and widespread usage of social media has made the Wi-Fi feature in cameras increasingly sought after these days as consumers see the convenience of being able to directly upload pictures without needing to connect to a computer. Wi-Fi-enabled mirrorless cameras, in particular, have surged in sales since its first introduction in May 2012. These models, which sold some 4,000 units within that year, quickly gained consumer acceptance and sold over 22,000 units in 2013. Total number of models available in the market increased from 5 to 22 within this period, accounting for 42 per cent of all mirrorless cameras.