Sony claims that they are now number 1 in full frame interchangeable lens camera sales in the USA, beating out both Nikon and Canon. Sony also says that within just the mirrorless market, they’ve held that top spot in both dollars and units for over 6 years. It seems may be well on track to become the top camera brand they see themselves becoming by 2021.
“We will go on the offensive” says Fujio Mitarai, Canon CEO, confirming that Canon are finally taking mirrorless seriously. The focus toward was confirmed by a manager recently, but it really only spoke about the entry-level. Now it looks like Canon is tackling the entire mirrorless market head-on if the slides and speech summary from Canon’s Corporate Strategy Conference anything to go by.
Flickr has just released their new year in review statistics. Some stats are surprising, some are obvious.
What is pretty obvious is that Flickr uploads is dominated by smartphones (42% of photos). Actually, it is dominated by iPhones. 4 of the 5 most popular Cameras on Flickr are iPhones, with one being a Samsung Galaxy.
According to market research company NPD Group, the overall revenue from mirrorless cameras has grown by 16.5% over the past year while DSLR sales have dropped by ~15%.
Sony was the main benefactor, or stimulant, with an impactful 66% boost in its mirrorless camera sales.
“Growth in the mirrorless segment shows this new technology and form factor are resonating with consumers,” said Ben Arnold, an executive director at The NPD Group. “Going forward, mirrorless will continue to command a greater share of the interchangeable lens camera category.”
Strong innovation in the mirrorless market and the increasing popularity among younger people give Sony and other MILC manufacturers reason to be optimistic about the future.
Is this another sign that the DSLR market as we know it is coming to an end?