Canikon another dinosaur?

Started Jun 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
MichaelKJ
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Re: Great article
In reply to Just Having Fun, Jun 4, 2013

Just Having Fun wrote:

PC Wheeler wrote:

We've been reading such views for the past four years; yet Canon and Nikon don't seem to be struggling yet.

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But they have been floundering in the mirrorless market like all the predictions.  If you honestly believe that in 10 years Single reflex mirror cameras will still be king, then good for you, and you are in a very small minority.

Just because their initial offerings didn't set the world on fire, it is much too early to conclude that they will fail to do well in the mirrorless market.  The EOS-M has been the best selling mirrorless camera in Japan for both April and May. While I'm sure that this reflects the fact that Canon lowered its price, the fact remains that it is outselling highly discounted Olympus and Panasonic cameras.

Those proprietary DSLR lenses will eventually become obsolete and ironically outlasted by the older film lenses they replaced (which are much smaller and very useful on mirrorless cameras).

What percentage of mirrorless owners do you think use legacy lenses?

I can't say if Canon or Nikon will fail like the article says, but he makes a sound argument.  Canon and/or Nikon need to make a very bold move and heavily invest in these new technologies to have a strong future.

It is foolish to think they aren't heavily invested in mirrorless R&D and other new technologies.

One point he did not mention is companies like JK (Kodak).  Many consumer electronics segments have been crushed by cheap Chinese companies flooding the market to build market share, and now they are going to bat for Micro Four Thirds.

JK-Kodak poses the biggest threat to Olympus and Panasonic. If sales of Kodak m4/3 cameras are a hit in developing countries, sales of other entry level m4/3 bodies will plummet.  While it is true that Olympus and Panasonic will initially benefit from having their lenses on Kodaks, it is a matter of time before the Kodak will be selling their own cheap kit lenses.

It won't happen overnight, nor in a few years.  My bet is in 7-10 years the camera industry will look completely different.

That's one thing on which we can agree.

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