Global shipments of mirrorless interchangeable-lens models reached 1.49 million units, with value rising to 60.7 billion yen – 40% up on a year earlier, according to Japan’s Camera & Imaging Products Association.

Though DSLRs still dominate the interchangeable-lens camera market, compact system cameras accounted for more than 23% of total shipments from January-June 2014.

DSLR shipments over the six months were worth more than 211 billion yen (around £1.2 billion), based on shipments of 4.9m cameras.

Total digital still camera shipments (including fixed-lens compacts) dropped 33.1%, with value falling 16.4%.