« on: March 06, 2014, 11:32:24 AM »
I see different information in this than what people are talking about.
DSLRs: If you look at the growth curve over several years, the DSLR sales continue to grow. 2013 only looks bad if you compare the numbers with 2012. The 2013 numbers are still higher than 2011.
In 2012 many new models DSLR models were released that were significantly upgrades (1DX, 5D III, 6D, D4, D800, D600). By contrast, in 2013 we got the 70D, D610, and Df. I'm amazed the numbers dropped as little as they did from 2012 to 2013.
Mirrorless: The 2013 mirrorless numbers are low given the number of great new mirrorless models introduced in 2013. If you listen to the "mirrorless hype", you'd think the growth would be more explosive. I suspect that for now, most mirrorless cameras sales (other than Japan) are second cameras for people who also own a DSLR.
Compact Cameras: Are dying as expected. People who don't care about image quality are just using their phones.
I think Canon needs to really focus (no pun intended) on its lenses. They've acted too slow to compete with Sigma's 35mm and soon-to-come 50mm. The 50mm and 85mm lenses in Canon's lineup are so old and obviously there's a demand for their upgrade.