BCN Retail’s latest rankings are out for the Japanese camera market, which has been showing some pretty alarming trends over the last few months. Primarily that Sony’s share of the full-frame mirrorless market has plummeted from 60% to 43.9% and falling while Canon’s has gone up from about 25% to 34.7% and looking to keep going.
The trends also show that while Nikon seems to be down on average, they do seem to have climbed a little in the past couple of months. Panasonic is also seeing a slight bump thanks to the release of the Panasonic S5, and while the Sigma fp was the hottest thing on the Japanese camera market at one point, it seems to be slipping.
BCN reports that the digital camera sector was hit the hardest in the “digital home appliance” market by coronavirus, particularly interchangeable lens systems, with sales falling to a quarter of those from the previous year in total. They say that the market is starting to recover to pre-pandemic levels, with full-frame mirrorless cameras recovering “strongly”.
Of course, there’s a lot more choice out there now in the full-frame mirrorless market than there was a year ago. Many companies have either just started or are about to start shipping their latest models. Sony has the A7S III and the A7c. Nikon has the Z6 II and Z7 II, and Canon recently started sending out the EOS R5 and EOS R6.
So the mirrorless market is finally starting to shape up and look the way the DSLR market did 10-15 years ago. There’s more variety out there in the full-frame mirrorless world now, more options, and it looks like a little competition might start driving innovation again as the manufacturers all try to stay ahead of their opponents in some way or another.
Either way, it’s about to get interesting over the next few years, especially if Sony loses its lead.
[via Mirrorless Rumors]