MFT shipments down

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Re: revenues down the same as units (but about 19%, not 43%)
In reply to jim stirling, May 3, 2013

jim stirling wrote:

I think that a significant portion of initial sales numbers were driven in large part by DSLR owners looking for a smaller lighter back up kit to go alongside their main system. That was certainly my initial interest though I have bought into the quite substantially . Obviously there were many who went into the system hook line and sinker but not in the quantities the initial sales numbers indicated. Now, with the competition growing in the small carry around market from a number of directions including a number of other mirrorless systems, the growth of the large sensor compact sector, and even at the lower end many seem satisfied with their mobile phone cameras. The fundamental advantage of mFT is size and weight if you remove that particular criteria it becomes easy to get more for your money {regarding image quality at least}.

Agree and this is the kind of idea that Thom was discussing in one of his articles about the "value", which was discussed with the usual "heat" in another thread.

With Canon and Nikon each introducing their own mirrorless systems, however immature these products are from the m43 crowd's perspectives, they take away a lot of the customers from m4/3.  Many people like to have consistency in their camera system so, for example, they just need one work flow to handle all the images taken by cameras using different sensors.  For the P&S upgraders, there is always the perception that N and C are the major players in photography and that SONY must be pretty good too b/c they are known to make fabulous TVs and other electronics.  All of this can affect m4/3's sale, unless P and O start to build on the strength of the system that they can offer not only small camera bodies with DSLR-like IQ, but smaller lenses, flash, etc to result in an overall small and yet excellent camera system.  They have to compete on features and quality while at the same time bringing the price down, either by themselves or by third party lens manufactures.  High quality walk around lenses should be priced around $200-300 to be attractive.

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