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.
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).
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.
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:
- Canon – 57.4% share
- Nikon – 39.3% share
- Ricoh – 3.1% share
Mirrorless market share:
- Canon – 31.6% share
- Olympus – 23.5% share
- 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.
Nikon released this new updated Nikon Z lens roadmap. And it contains quite some changes compared to the original Photokina roadmap
NikonEye sums it up:
1) First we now know that these lenses will come in 2020:
- 20 mm f/1,8 S
- 50 mm f/1,2 S
- 14-24 mm f/2,8 S
2) The 24mm f/1.8 will be released in 2019 instead of the previously suggested 2020 release
3) In 2020 we will get additional four TBA (to be announced) lenses instead of the previous three
4) In 2021 we will Nikon will announce 7 lenses instead of the previous 8
We expect Canon to release at least three new lenses for the EOS R mirrorless camera system in 2019.