Mirrorless Takes Another Hammering

Started May 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
MichaelKJ
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Re: DSLR sales falling that fast??
In reply to Just Having Fun, May 19, 2013

Just Having Fun wrote:

Jeff 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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I've slightly reformatted my chart from earlier in this tread to better show shipments of mirrorless cameras as a portion of the the shipment of all interchangeable lens cameras.  This is data from CIPA for worldwide shipments of interchangeable lens cameras by month since Jan, 2011.

To me, this doesn't look like a hammering for mirrorless cameras.  There does appear to be a problem with channel stuffing prior to Christmas, 2012, which may be the reason you kind find such good deals right now.

And, ss I said before, there may too many camera makers to survive in this narrow niche. Getting squeezed from below by the smartphone tidal wave, and from above by Nikon and Canon is a bad place to be.

To my mind, the strategy flaw is not in the developing this market per se, but in not more directly targeting the 100's of millions of users of those smartphones to higher levels of visual expression. They are not going to be impressed by f-stops and shutter speeds. They need to have a path to better pictures.  Sort of like what Steve Jobs brought to the computer industry.

If you remove the mirrorless sales(blue) and those last few DSLR sales columns drop.  It looks like a steady fast decline for DSLR sales.  Is that correct?  The peak would be back in 2011 and from June 2012 it would be all down hill.

Is that correct?

DSLR shipments for the first three months of 2013 were down 23% from shipments for the first three months of 2012.  Bear in mind that, while shipments and sales are related, they can deviate significantly over short periods to time.

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