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Mirrorless single-lens camera sales boom as tourism recovers

Customers attracted by superior performance compared to smartphones

Small mirrorless single-lens cameras packed with optical AI features that outperform smartphones are in record demand for a third year running. 

TOKYO -- Shipments of mirrorless single-lens cameras are breaking records as Chinese outbound tourism revives and camera makers roll out new products with artificial intelligence features that outperform smartphones.

Japan's Camera & Imaging Products Association announced on Tuesday global camera shipment statistics that show mirrorless cameras enjoyed a year-on -year increase of 20% to 253 billion yen ($17 billion) in the first half of the year -- a record high for the third consecutive year.

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