The good or bad news is that I have plateaued. I am not going through cameras at a fast rate anymore. Plus, following the acquisition of my Google Pixel 2 for Christmas 2017 I no longer feel the need to have two cameras — a big one and a compact. The Google Pixel is my 2nd camera. So, just need one full-frame camera at any one time.
I kept my Sony a7 II for 690-days and took 30,455 pictures with it. I also kept the mega-zoom Nikon P900 around for long time but did not use it much after the first 9 months or so. The zoom was nice but I had become fond of BIG sensors.
Getting to know my new, 3-week old, Canon EOS RP. Need a couple more lenses. Plan is to keep it for at least a year, if not more. It seems pretty capable. Goal is to hang onto the lenses. That is why I went (bcak) to Canon.
I fully understood why Nikon and now, supposedly, Canon, would announced Full-Frame mirrorless cameras. Nikon & Canon are leaders in Full-Frame DSLR cameras and have tons of Full-Frame lenses for their DSLR. For them it was the transitioning from DSLR to mirrorless SOMETHING that I knew was inevitable 4-years ago when I decided that I was going mirrorless from the start.
Panasonic makes good cameras and I loved the Panasonic FZ1000 I owned a couple years ago. It took lovely pictures. But, Panasonic doesn’t even have APS-C lenses.
This makes NO sense to I. But, the rumored Canon EOS R sure does.
Not that want one or even vaguely interested. Was just curious to see what the deal was.
I could NOT find any at $250 when I went looking at 12:30 am,
June 13, 2017.
Just the regular $1,046 price. However, what is interesting is that it still says ‘ONLY 1 LEFT IN STOCK’.
What gives? They didn’t sell the one? Very strange.
What I really was trying to determine was whether this was an indication that Nikon, after the disaster of the 1″ mirrorless DL-range cancellation, was also trying to get out of 1″ mirrorless altogether. That would make sense. Panasonic and Sony have quite a stranglehold of that segment.
Now I am nonplussed.
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That their digital camera sales, despite their prowess in 4K video, is declining comes as no surprise. Camera sales across the board, across all manufacturers, are declining. People are using their increasingly capable smart phones. Plus their hands are full with the phone. They have no hands to use for a camera.
Samsung gave up the ghost in 2015.
Nikon is in trouble and is dramatically scaling back new camera introductions. THAT IS GOOD.
And now Panasonic. Panasonic currently has 192 cameras on its books. That is CRAZY. Way too many. They have introduced too many cameras with very little to differentiate them. Now they have to pay the price, and the piper.
However, what is strange about Panasonic announcement is the claim that they are going merge the digital cameras with another division — and doesn’t name what division that might be.
There is nothing that seems obvious. They could probably put it with ‘Home + Office’ which has phones, printers, solar panels and vacuum cleaners. We will have to wait and see. But, one thing is clear. They have to start rationalizing and trimming their camera repertoire. Way too many models.
More Bad News From Nikon Might Signal A Much-Needed Re-Trenching/Consolidation Of The Digital Camera Market.
Another BAD NEWS Press Release
from Nikon on February 13, 2017.
Mobile phones with high-quality camera capability have been steadily eating into digital camera sales for the last few years.
It is finally beginning to take a heavy toll. Nikon could be the first to stumble.
Nikon currently, per DPReview, has 250 cameras on its books. That is crazy.
Canon has 278, Sony 277, Olympus 243, Fujifilm 239, Panasonic 193 and Pentax 135.
That is a total of 1,615 digital cameras from 7 camera manufacturers — at an average of 230 per vendor.
I have consistently maintained that this is too many. Each camera that you keep on your books costs money.
Nikon announced 14 new cameras in 2016 — 3 of them being the 1″ DL compacts that were cancelled yesterday.
Nikon and the others MUST cut back on new releases. We do NOT need so many variants at so many different price points.
Just a couple of good ones, at the low, medium and high bands.
The camera industry has ALREADY seen a sea change in vendors. Kodak, Polaroid and Agfa are no longer the market leaders they one were.
We have seen such dramatic shifts in leadership in the computer industry. Once famous names, now no more; e.g., NCR, Burroughs, CDC, Univac, DEC, DG, Wang, Stratus, Sun etc. etc.
The same WILL happen to these digital camera vendors. Mark my word.
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Just happened to notice that Nikon hadn’t announced anything, so far, in 2017 — mainly because I was wondering whether it has been a year since the premature announcement of the ill-fated 1″-sensor DL range. They were announced on February 23, 2016. So it is not a year as yet.
Noting from Sony either. By this time last year they had announced the groundbreaking Sony a6300.
So this is the state of play. Just thought I would share. Enjoy and cogitate.
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I could be wrong but I don’t see the justification for the added $601.
But, darn it — it is a Four-Thirds sensor. Panasonic appears to be playing the same game recently played by Olympus with the much anticipated OM-D E-M1 Mk II. That too was priced, body-only, at $1,999.
I think the Four-Thirds vendors are HOPING that a $1,999 might make their cameras look better. Not sure that that is going to work.
Yes, the Panasonic GH5, at the end of April, with a new version of firmware, is supposed to get some groundbreaking video features. That has zero value to me.
I just can’t see paying $2,000 for a 20MP Four-Thirds body. Period!
It would be competitive if it was $1,400 U.S.