Nothwistanding the Pentax users' s hunger for long tele...

Started Dec 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
Alex Sarbu Veteran Member • Posts: 9,069
Re: Not sure diff between DSLR and ILC makes a lot of sense
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John_A_G wrote:

paulkienitz wrote:

John_A_G wrote:

paulkienitz wrote:

No, Sony is not in any sense a dominant DSLR player. They've clearly given up on the A-mount as a means to compete with C and N. There are only two dominant brands, not three.

Sony is far and away the #3 ILC player. More and More, the consumer could care less about the distinction. It's much more important to consider overall ILC sales / marketshare IMO because they really are competing for the same buyers.

Sony is now the leader of a pack of compact mirrorless systems which don't have a single long telephoto between them, except by using adapters. When it comes to people who want a real range of lenses, DSLRs are still pretty close to being the only game in town. To that extent, the DSLR market remains (for now) quite distinct from the mirrorless one.

For you, yes. But remember the vast majority of buyers never end up getting more than the 1 or 2 kit lenses. In other words, you are the exception not the rule. For those great masses that will never be buying 5 lenses but want something "better" than point and shoot mirrorless vs DSLR isn't much of an issue. All you have to do is look at how many ILCs Sony sells compared to Pentax or Oly.

How many?

Sony is #2 in the mirrorless market, in Japan (after Olympus); and #4 in DSLRs (though they don't make any :-D) after Canon, Nikon and Ricoh Imaging.

Japan is a peculiar market, in that the MILCs are almost as strong as the DSLRs; but globally, the DSLRs are over 4x the MILCs as volume (and close to 5x as value). By putting their efforts in the larger market, Ricoh Imaging could indeed surpass Sony to secure #3; they won't even need to go over 10% in DSLRs for that.

Alex

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