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Canon Tops in the ILC/DSLR Market for the 11th Straight Year
« on: March 27, 2014, 09:04:59 AM »

TOKYO, Japan, March 27, 2014—Canon Inc. today announced that the Company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No. 1 share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the 11-year period from 2003 to 2013.


In addition to the interchangeable lenses, Canon also develops the key components—the CMOS image sensors and image processors—employed in its interchangeable-lens cameras. The most advanced of these technologies are incorporated in the Company’s flagship EOS-1D series. By applying these technologies to other models as well, Canon has successfully created a powerful product lineup that effectively responds to the needs of a wide range of users, from professionals to entry-level users, which has enabled Canon to maintain the top global share.

In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D Digital in other regions). This compact and lightweight user-friendly camera set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market and captured the top share of the global market. Since that time, Canon, in its ongoing pursuit of high image quality, has launched a number of models for advanced-amateur users that offer among the highest levels of performance for their class, including the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording.


In 2013, targeting entry-level users, Canon launched the EOS Kiss X7 (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS 100D), which combines the world’s smallest and lightest digital SLR camera body with exceptional basic performance, and the EOS M2 compact-system camera, featuring significantly enhanced autofocusing performance. Also, within the advanced-amateur user segment, the Company introduced the EOS 70D, equipped with innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus technology, which has earned high praise from the market. These robust products provided the driving force enabling Canon to achieve its 11th straight year as the world’s market leader.


Additionally, in February 2014, Canon realized another industry milestone as cumulative production of EOS-series film and digital cameras surpassed the 70-million unit mark. Furthermore, during the first half of 2014, cumulative production of Canon EF-series interchangeable lenses for EOS cameras is on track to reach 100 million units. Underpinning these achievements is the high market share that Canon has maintained, made possible through the long-standing support dating back to the film camera era that the Company has received from its wide user base.


With a history of producing cameras that dates back to the Company’s founding in 1937, Canon will continue refining its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.


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Canon Tops in the ILC/DSLR Market for the 11th Straight Year
« on: March 27, 2014, 09:04:59 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2014, 10:45:48 AM »
Maybe that's why they haven't introduced much exciting stuff in the past few years...

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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2014, 11:26:29 AM »
Maybe that's why they haven't introduced much exciting stuff in the past few years...

Yup.  1DX, 5D3, and 6D aren't much fun...   :o  24-70 F2.8L II and 70-200 F2.8L II aren't much fun either... ;)

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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2014, 11:38:08 AM »
Maybe that's why they haven't introduced much exciting stuff in the past few years...

Yup.  1DX, 5D3, and 6D aren't much fun...   :o  24-70 F2.8L II and 70-200 F2.8L II aren't much fun either... ;)

Don't forget the II version of the great whites.  Real winners.

My wish list includes 14-24 as good as Nikon's (in fact it would be great if they would license the Nikon lens), 100-400 replacement, and something in the high MP range that is affordable. 

I think Nikon may have under priced their D800 in order to gain share from Canon and "gave the razor away in order to sell blades".

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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2014, 11:52:21 AM »
Rather than disseminating useless marketing fluff, Canon should give us the raw data, so we can see whether their claim is substantiated or not.

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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2014, 12:28:45 PM »
Maybe that's why they haven't introduced much exciting stuff in the past few years...

Yup.  1DX, 5D3, and 6D aren't much fun...   :o  24-70 F2.8L II and 70-200 F2.8L II aren't much fun either... ;)

Don't forget the II version of the great whites.  Real winners.

My wish list includes 14-24 as good as Nikon's (in fact it would be great if they would license the Nikon lens), 100-400 replacement, and something in the high MP range that is affordable. 

I think Nikon may have under priced their D800 in order to gain share from Canon and "gave the razor away in order to sell blades".

I think the original response was sarcasm :)

Everything listed so far is just evolution and incremental improvement, but what about the 70D and dual-pixel? That's exciting! The possibilities down the road as this matures are fantastic! Three guesses what will be in the 5D4 and the 6D2......
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2014, 01:38:06 PM »
And Volkswagen and Miller Brewing topped the charts in 2013 for world wide sales of cars and beer.   No one would argue that Volkswagen hasn't innovated or produced a product that is liked by it's customers, but most would not interpret car sales that to mean that Volkswagen makes the best cars.  Sales volume does not inherently equate to quality, customer  satisfaction or class leadership.  It does reflect marketing, product placement, and market penetrance - kudos to Canon.  What would be nice to see is a chart indicating average repair costs, customer satisfaction, use by professionals, units remaining in service over years, etc.  Categories where Canon has probably done well, but who knows how well compared to other brand. 

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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2014, 01:43:49 PM »
Way to go Canon ... now please share your success with us by putting out some good instant rebates please! ... I am happy that our American friends get mail-in-rebates, but please do announce some good instant rebates to match your awesome achievement.
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2014, 02:17:28 PM »
What would be nice to see is a chart indicating average repair costs, customer satisfaction, use by professionals, units remaining in service over years, etc.  Categories where Canon has probably done well, but who knows how well compared to other brand.

Courtesy of Roger at lensrentals.com.  This is data from 2012-2013, he has previous years available on his blog, too.



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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2014, 03:52:24 PM »
What would be nice to see is a chart indicating average repair costs, customer satisfaction, use by professionals, units remaining in service over years, etc.  Categories where Canon has probably done well, but who knows how well compared to other brand.

Courtesy of Roger at lensrentals.com.  This is data from 2012-2013, he has previous years available on his blog, too.




That's a very informative chart ... surprising that Nikon charges as much as Leica for repairs ... also Nikon's repair time is pretty pathetic only topped by the scandal hit Olympus.
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2014, 05:21:38 PM »
meh, it's been obvious for years that "Canon" have had no issues selling masses of Rebel cameras. Just take a look at salesman and forums and it's always a newbie wanting a Canikon.

It applies to all brands really. Whichever brand is rated #1 just means they've sold the most of their consumer line which doesn't mean much for what they might bring to their high end.
Hurry up Canon and do something with your sensors! :P

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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2014, 05:33:43 PM »
Whichever brand is rated #1 just means they've sold the most of their consumer line which doesn't mean much for what they might bring to their high end.

It means more revenue for the company, which could mean more funding for R&D to develop technologies and products to bring out at the higher end.  Meh, indeed...   ::)
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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2014, 08:10:38 PM »
It applies to all brands really. Whichever brand is rated #1 just means they've sold the most of their consumer line which doesn't mean much for what they might bring to their high end.

And this is the goal.  The consumer line is their most important customer base.  The Rebel line is the most important line in the Canon lineup.  If they had to do away with the 1D line or the Rebel line, which do you think would go?  Bye bye 1D!  We can argue all we want about how just because they're #1 in sales doesn't mean they produce the best camera.  But as a business owner, and especially as a corporation, your goal is to maximize sales/profit.  Producing the best camera certainly can help, but there's a whole host of other factors that also go into that equation.

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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2014, 08:38:43 PM »
It applies to all brands really. Whichever brand is rated #1 just means they've sold the most of their consumer line which doesn't mean much for what they might bring to their high end.

And this is the goal.  The consumer line is their most important customer base.  The Rebel line is the most important line in the Canon lineup.  If they had to do away with the 1D line or the Rebel line, which do you think would go?  Bye bye 1D!  We can argue all we want about how just because they're #1 in sales doesn't mean they produce the best camera.  But as a business owner, and especially as a corporation, your goal is to maximize sales/profit.  Producing the best camera certainly can help, but there's a whole host of other factors that also go into that equation.

Definitely agree...

I live near a city of a million people and I can probably pick up a Rebel at 100 stores, yet there is not a single place that stocks the 1DX.... this should tell you where the sales are and which line is more important to Canon.

Think of Honda... they make consumer cars (Rebels) and they make race cars (1DX). The race cars are for bragging rights and they do learn important things from them... but it is the consumer cars that keep the lights on at the factory. Same thing for Canon.
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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2014, 08:44:24 PM »
You will only sell luxury goods to the masses if the masses think your product is the best, the best value for money, or both.
For that you need the visible pro’s (sports, wildlife, fashion, news, etc.) using your gear and you need good reviews by independent media that really matter. That won’t happen if the pro gear you sell is substandard.

So I think there is a relationship between being market leader overall and the quality of both low end and high end gear. Not that you need to have the best performance in every measurable way, but overall the system needs to be on par or perform better than the competition.   

On internet fora I read a lot about dynamic range and how a 500 nanometer process like Canon is using for their sensors is something the dinosaurs used 65 million years ago on their T-Rexmor sensor in their Nikonosaurus D800(e) camera’s and even then it was old technology. You might get the impression Canon gear sucks and other brands outperform Canon gear by a substantial margin. But once you look at real world photo’s taken by real world photographers with Canon gear the “old” sensor tech doesn’t seem to matter much.

You simply don’t stay market leader for 11 years in this business without quality products.

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