Japan?s digital camera output fell around 30% in April, compared to the same month the year before.

Total digital stills camera production dropped 29.2% in unit terms and 29.6% in value, according to figures released by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

Cameras with interchangeable lenses suffered the largest reduction in output, plunging 36.8%, while compact cameras declined 28.2%.

The Joint PhotoImaging Enterprises Association blamed the slowdown on the 11 March earthquake which hit the supply chain and transport system, forcing manufacturers to stop or reduce production.

The figures are based on production by CIPA members, including their overseas production.