Top 20 Selling DSLRs in Japan

Thom Hogan has an interesting editorial about the direction the DSLR (or more precisely, the digital interchangeable lens camera) market may be going come 2010.

The interesting numbers from Jan 1 to Dec 23, 2009 are:

  • Canon (37.9%) and Nikon (28%) continue to lead the group, with Panasonic (8.5%), Olympus (4.3%), Pentax (4.3%) and Sony (4%) making a good showing.
  • The micro Four Thirds Digital Interchangeable Lens cameras together grabbed 11.5% of the market.
  • Pentax outsells Sony.
  • Video not quite the selling proposition.

The best selling camera for each brand: Kiss X2 for Canon, D90 for Nikon, G1 for Panasonic, E-P1 for Olympus, K-m for Pentax and A-300 for Sony.

[ Read the article at: Thom Hogan. Unfortunately, the article is not linked directly, so if you can’t find it, search the archive for the DEC 29 commentary. ]
Photoxels predictions for 2010:

  • A big push for digital interchangeable lens cameras (i.e. DSLRs with mirror removed),
  • compact digicams with large sensors (non-interchangeable lens), and
  • a return to focusing on the basics that make us switch to a DSLR in the first place: low light image quality and performance (as opposed to the many “gimmicks” that do not directly contribute to either of these two measures).