Canon estimates that they will sell 7.6 million DSLRs and 10.5 million compact cameras in 2014. Not bad for a company that does everything wrong. :-)
In the West, we don't have a "if it's a little smaller it must be better" mentality.
@a Michael makes some good points, which I won't repeat.
Do Westerners tend to have bigger hands than Japanese? If a person has big hands, smaller is often ergonomically worse.
topstuff: Whats this about Americans not liking small cameras?
It is bizarre. Do Americans think that large = better?
Makes no sense. No sense at all.
In the USA, we don't buy a fallacy "if it's a little smaller, it must be better."
Some people in the USA have big hands, so smaller is ergonomically worse.
In addition, I suspect that the T3 and T3i sell better than the SL1, because they are cheaper than the SL1.
Shame on Canon, for not aggressively rushing into the money-losing mirrorless sector. :-)
From the Outlook section of Canon's recent financial documents: "Within the digital compact camera market, projections point to market contraction, mainly among low-end models, due to the popularity of smartphones."
From the Results section of Canon's recent financial documents: "As for digital compact cameras, although total sales volume declined due to the market slowdown and the increasing popularity of smartphones, sales volume increased from the previous year for high-added-value models incorporating features that differentiate them from smartphones, such as large-size image sensors and models like the PowerShot SX50 HS and SX510 HS, which feature high-magnification zoom lenses."
justmeMN: Another mirrorless camera featuring a DSLR Envy Design. :-) Since you can't beat them, try to look like them.
I just thought that, with all the anti-DSLR ranting from some mirrorless enthusiasts, that mirrorless cameras that look like DSLRs was somewhat ironic.
"our reason to exist is to push the endoscope" :-) Ouch!
(After all, that's the company's blockbuster division.)
Another mirrorless camera featuring a DSLR Envy Design. :-) Since you can't beat them, try to look like them.
Last year, Olympus predicted "the camera division will break even in the 12 months through March , ending three years of losses..." (Source: May 21, 2013 Bloomberg article.)
I doubt that that will happen.
Does the lack of PENs in the photo mean that sales for that line are worse than predicted?
Sir Nick of High Point: I feel like the primary reason that compact mirrorless has not caught on in the US, like it has in the rest of the world, is that Americans generally want to look like "real" photographers. We have this misconception that a big camera automatically makes you a professional, and with the disposable income that we have in the US, people simply go out and purchase a DSLR to impress their friends. Just go to a local park and look at all of the parents lugging around massive Nikons just to take pictures of their kids on the slide. It's silly. The Asian consumer understands the benefit of a smaller camera IMO.
Due to its AF superiority, DSLRs are the perfect tool for parents to take snapshots of their moving kids. There's nothing silly about it.
Americans don't buy the fallacy "if it's a little smaller, it must be better".
In addition, on their D7100, didn't Nikon have problems with oil splattering on their sensors? Strange...
"Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason" - Jerry Seinfeld
Dimit: Now,why on earth someone unsuspected would/should choose this dinosaur over nex7 or a6000 (mention those with the same price exactly)???...but then there always be idiots among us,same all story..
In the USA and Europe, mirrorless cameras are so unpopular that only hipsters buy them - in order to be ironic. :-)
From a Photozone lens review:
"The Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS broke a couple of records but unfortunately not in the positive sense. Its uncorrected distortion and vignetting figures are nothing short of insane."
When the original G1 X was released, many people complained that it was not as compact as it should be, because of the OVF. Many people also complained that the OFV was so bad that it was worthless. Canon responded by removing the OVF, to make it more compact.
The Canon USA web site puts the optional EVF at $299.99, so it's not very cost-effective.
(The optional EVFs of other camera companies are also expensive, so that price is not really a surprise.)
Right now, the T3 (1100D) is #2 in Amazon (USA) Best Sellers in Digital SLR Cameras. Smug enthusiasts love to put down bottom-of-the-line cameras, but they sell well. The T5 (1200D) will sell well too.
Superzooms are an important niche for camera companies, because they clearly do something that cell phones can't. It doesn't require a lot of marketing to explain.
Another mirrorless camera with DSLR Envy Styling.
(Since you can't beat them, try to look like them.)
"The alpha phase of the release life cycle is the first phase to begin software testing..." -Wiki. Yup, this Sony camera is an Alpha. :-) Perhaps next year Sony will release a Beta version.