Nikon Believes Mirrorless Will Catch Up With DSLRs But The Issue Is EVF Lag

Nikon Z 6

In an interview with DPReview, Nikon execs share their thoughts about the company’s Z 6 and Z 7 cameras and about the state of the mirrorless nation.

As far as I know Nikon is the first company clearly and directly addressing the fact that EVFs (Electronic View Finder) still suck compared to an optical viewfinder.

From the interview (emphasis mine):

Question: How do you think the market for full frame mirrorless will evolve?

Answer: In terms of hardware, it is likely that mirrorless will catch up with DSLR. But one thing that is a challenge is the time lag of electronic viewfinders. Even though we have a great mirrorless [solution], we cannot beat the optical viewfinder.

For really high-level professional photographers at sports events and so on, I believe that the DSLR will survive. I think there will be a synergy between DSLR and mirrorless, so we can expand the market moving forward.

[…] we’re really trying to be the best and provide the ultimate performance of the viewfinder. The view through the viewfinder should be as natural as possible. To achieve that goal we did two things – we focused on the optics, and also on image processing.Read the interview at DPReview…

Nikon Z mirrorless system:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Canon Scores Big At BCN Awards 2019, Nikon Follows, Sony Doing Not So Good

Bcn Awards

BCN published their market share ranking in Japan for 2018 (BCN awards 2019).

Canon rules the market in Japan, as you can see from the image on top. Canon holds 57.4% in the DSLR market, and 31.6% in the mirrorless market. Canon’s success in the mirrorless market comes from the excellent sale figures of the EOS M50, and is also due to the new EOS R full frame mirrorless camera line-up (a new model coming soon). Nikon tops in the compact camera market with 31.5%, closely followed by Canon with 29.8%.

Below you see the ranking for the single categories, compared to previous years ratings.

Canon EOS RP vs Nikon Z 6 Size Comparison

Canon Eos Rp

Here’s another size comparison courtesy of ApoTelyt, between the upcoming Canon EOS RP and the Nikon Z 6.

The Canon EOS RP will be announced on February 14, 2019, along with five new lenses for the RF mount.

The strengths of both cameras compared:

Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS RP: 

  • More flexible LCD: Has swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • More compact: Is smaller (133x85mm vs 134x101mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 190g or 28 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced segment (20 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 5 months after the Z6).

Advantages of the Nikon Z6: 

  • More detailed viewfinder: Has higher resolution electronic viewfinder (3690k vs 2360k dots).
  • Easier setting verification: Features a control panel on top to check shooting parameters.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.2″ vs 3.0″) for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (2100k vs 1040k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (12 vs 5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Better sealing: Is splash and dust sealed for shooting in inclement weather conditions.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in August 2018).
[via ApoTelyt]

Canon And Nikon Execs Discuss Mirrorless Camera Technology And The Future Of Photography

Canon

During CES 2019, Engadget interviewed Canon Senior Technical Specialist Drew MacCallum and Nikon Senior Technical Manager Steve Heiner about the Canon EOS R and Nikon Z 6/Z 7 full frame mirrorless cameras and possible future developments in the photography industry, the role of mirrorless technology, and more stuff. Interesting interview/discussion.

Canon Dominates DSLR, Mirrorless and Lens Market In Japan

Mirrorless

BCN posted their annual “BCN Awards” and look who is ranked on top for the mirrorless and DSLR market. It appears to be true that there is life in the old dog.

Canon ranks first for DSLR and mirrorless market shares in 2018.

DSLR market shares:

  1. Canon – 57.4% share
  2. Nikon – 39.3% share
  3. Ricoh – 3.1% share

Mirrorless market share:

  1. Canon – 31.6% share
  2. Olympus – 23.5% share
  3. Sony – 22.7% share

Canon’s success in the mirrorless market is mostly because of the commercial success of the EOS M50, and also to some minor degree thanks to the new EOS R. It’s interesting to see that Nikon doesn’t show up among the first three players in the MILC market. Surprisingly the so much touted Sony mirrorless systems are not getting that much love in Japan.

Nikon still ranks first for compact cameras with 31.5%, followed by Canon with 29.8% and Sony with 11.9%.

Canon also ranks first for sold lenses with 20.7%, followed by Sigma with 15.7% and Nikon with 13.7%.

Below you see how Canon’s market share in the mirrorless market evolved since 2016.

Not bad for a company so heavily criticised. I’m curios to know how much market share Canon will gain this year because they are clearly headed to lead the market.