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Digital cameras are hot again as shutterbugs move up from phones

Average price doubles in 3 years on rise of AI-supported, mirrorless models

Visitors test out Canon's cameras at the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show on Thursday. (Photo by Mizuho Miyazaki)

TOKYO -- Prices for digital cameras have rebounded sharply as models equipped with artificial intelligence based technology and other advanced features draw photographers who want something more than a smartphone camera.

Worldwide, the average digital camera price in 2022 came to 85,000 yen ($623), according to the Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA), a Japanese trade group -- more than double the figure from three years ago.

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