Mirrorless Takes Another Hammering

Started May 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
MichaelKJ
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Re: Mirrorless Takes Another Hammering
In reply to GaryR60, May 18, 2013

GaryR60 wrote:

rattymouse wrote:

As seen at sansmirror.com, the final numbers are in for mirrorless last year and the results are NOT pretty.  The main mirrorless players are either losing enormous money (Panasonic and Olympus), losing some money (Fujifilm), or barely eeking out a profit (Sony).

Canon and Nikon are profitable, but it is virtually certain that their DSLR sales are carrying that load.

Another bloodbath for the mirrorless makers, leading to the question, will they all survive until next year's financial reports??

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9 years of Fujifilm camera usage, ended by rampant fanboyism.

Given what I've read recently, about new lines of lenses, as well as new versions of mirrorless cameras, I find this very hard to believe. Could it be that these companies are losing money overall, due to other factors? It doesn't make any sense that they'd be doing what they are currently doing if they are losing money on these cameras. You know, a lot of the fiscal reports from large corporations with multiple product lines has more to do with the gyrations of their stock than it does the profits they are making from the actual products they make.

I think it is clear that 2012 was a very bad year for the camera industry.  Compacts had by far the largest drop in sales, but dSLRs and mirrorless also fell far short of expectations.

As far as the new lenses, new mirrorless models and more companies entering the mirrorless market, you have to keep in mind two things: 1) mirrorless was rapidly growing until 2012 and all of the decisions about the mirrorless lenses and cameras that were released last year were made during the period of rapid growth; and 2) mirrorless technology is rapidly progressing and will continue to do so.

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