DSLRs are back! Sales increase 132%, while mirrorless cameras decline 57%

I follow reports from several well known camera magazines, and they keep me informed of what is going on in the market with camera sales, along with new information about new cameras, etc. And of course, I would bring this information to you to keep you informed as well.


In a startling turn of events, DSLRs – which had previously seen shipments slump in favor of their mirrorless counterparts – have had a 131.8% increase in sales while mirrorless cameras have received a 57.1% decrease in the United States year on year.

The pattern of digital SLR cameras outselling mirrorless models is similar, albeit not nearly as pronounced, in the rest of the world. Globally, DSLRs only achieved 80.5% of their sales figures from the same period last year but mirrorless cameras slumped to 70.7%. 

So, with the DSLR VS MIRRORLESS CAMERA war largely thought to have been won by mirrorless, the question is… what the heck is going on here? Well, while it’s tempting to start playing LL Cool J and proclaim that DSLRs are making a comeback, there’s a little more going on here than meets the eye. 

The principal reason for the shift in sales – information provided by industry body CIPA (with a tip of the hat to Digital Camera Watch) isn’t necessarily that the appetite for DSLRs is suddenly greater than that for mirrorless cameras; rather, that DSLRs are actually still available where their counterparts are largely missing in action due to the component crisis. 

Where mirrorless cameras, with a lot of cutting-edge technology (and also by virtue of simply being newer to market), are struggling to stay in production, DSLRs didn’t really suffer shortages in the same way. So if you want a brand new camera and there’s only DSLRs available, your choices are limited.

It’s also possible that there are a lot more beginners starting out in photography (something that we’ve witnessed in terms of reader behavior on this website), where the best cameras for beginners tend to be cheap and abundantly available DSLRs.  

Either way, with the shortages and supply chain issues showing little sign of abating, this resurgence of DSLR sales may continue for some time.



So many different camera brands out there, which one is the best? I have gone through this once before, and I love going over this again.

As you may know from my background, that I come from a retail outlet that sold cameras for over 20 years. And the question you have to ask yourself, and I told this to many of my clients: “If one camera is so good, why are there so many to choose from?”

I want to show you something interesting that I just found out. What are the top cameras in the United States? Here they are:

  • Canon.
  • Nikon.
  • Sony.
  • Fujifilm.
  • Panasonic.
  • Olympus.
  • Leica.
  • GoPro.

GoPro? Really? That makes it into the top 8 cameras here in the United States. Am I surprised? No, not really. There are a lot of people who use this camera brand because this country has a lot of “Adventure loving People” who want to record or take photos of their journey’s in the great outdoors.

Now, check this out: What are the top cameras in Japan? The place where they were all designed:

Japan’s favorite camera brand isn’t Canon. It isn’t Nikon. It isn’t Sony, or Olympus or Fujifilm. No, Japan’s favorite camera brand is Pentax / Ricoh. 

That’s according to the latest results in a survey being conducted by IT Media, asking Japanese consumers to choose their favorite digital camera maker. And despite the Best Pentax Cameras all being DSLRs, and facing quite a technological disparity compared to the likes of the best Canon Cameras and Best Sony Cameras, that hasn’t stopped Ricoh being Japan’s most beloved brand in the camera industry. 

Just a note: Any word in red is a link to find out more about that product. Just click on the words in red, and you will be redirected to a website that shows this product in detail.

The survey (spotted by Pentax Rumors) still has another ten days to run, closing on 27 May, but so far the results are pretty eye-opening. Almost a quarter of Japanese users say that Pentax / Ricoh is their favorite brand, with nearly a fifth pledging allegiance to Nikon. 

1Pentax / Ricoh24%
The top 11 cameras most loved in Japan

So, why are there still so many brands out there, when it is obvious, that people have their own favorite? The camera manufactures that are still left making cameras, are all good cameras. When someone came in to buy a camera from me, I didn’t try to sell them the one that made the most commission, I tried to sell them the one that they would be the most comfortable with, one that works with their hands, one that they can understand. To prove that all camera are good cameras, I have personally owned : Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Rollei, Pentax, and Olympus. And I liked them all. The one that I really fell in love with was the Minolta, because it was a special edition, and they made it in White, and they even made a couple of lenses with a white casing as well. It got noticed. And it took great photos as well.

So, the conclusion of this is: All cameras are good. Try them out, and see which one works best for you. How does it feel to you? And don’t let anybody talk you out of the one you like. Go into a photo store on your own. but, do a little research so you don’t get a “sticker price” shock.

What is the best cell phone camera for photography:

The best camera phones are pushing the boundaries of technology and are often capable of delivering better results than the ‘proper’ camera in your kit bag. As screens get larger, camera phone sensors get more advanced and chipsets get more powerful, it can be tricky to keep track of the latest and greatest handsets. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the best for you right here.

The best camera phones don’t just deliver pure power – they’re also a perfect package of convenience, with countless apps at your fingertips. However, one of the most impressive aspects of these handsets is their megapixel count. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has an impressive 108MP sensor – a megapixel count that most of the best professional cameras are nowhere near!

However, the S21 Ultra isn’t an outlier. Beefy sensors are becoming the norm for flagship phones, with most of the camera phones on this list featuring large megapixel counts. While the best camera phones aren’t yet able to beat the best DSLRs or the best mirrorless cameras for image quality, the technology is moving so quickly that it almost feels like it’s only a matter of time.

1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

If you’re looking for the best camera phone, look no further

Release date: January 2021 | Rear cameras: 108MP f/1.8, 10MP f/2.4, 10MP f/4.9, 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide | Front camera: 40MP | OIS: Yes | Weight: 227 g | Dimensions: 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm | Storage: 128/256/512GB

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review - Pocket-lint
Samsung S21Ultra 5G – The phone with the best photography lenses, and features of any cell phone.

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