Interchangeable Lens Camera Sales Down 26.2% in the Month of March

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Interchangeable lens camera sales decline yet again showing that Canon might be right.

As we have all heard by now, the camera market seems to be in somewhat of a free fall. In the first two months of the year the interchangeable lens camera sales held steady in the month of January, but took a sizable hit in the month of February with shipments down by 29.3% compared to the same period last year. The results for camera shipments in the month of March have just been released by CIPA, and for the most part they do not make for good reading. Join us after the break to see how camera shipments fared in March 2019. Continue reading…

Canon Shoots for 50% of Interchangeable Lens Camera Market Share, Pushes Mirrorless Sales

Canon is going on the offensive on its mirrorless releases to push for a 50% increase in interchangeable lens camera market share.

Following the recent launch of the new entry-level Rebel T7 DSLR and EOS M50 mirrorless camera, Canon has been making rounds again with tidbits from its business plans. Through a recent tip to CanonWatch blog, we learned that the photography giant is not only doing well, but also plans of expanding its share in the interchangeable lens camera market by going on the offensive with their mirrorless camera sales.

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Review: Nikon 1 AW1

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Nikon AW1 in the rain (1 of 1)ISO 64001-60 sec at f - 3.9

When it comes to mirrorless cameras, Nikon is in the midst of the worst identity crisis out of all the camera manufacturers. In just the last few years the Japanese camera company has announced three-redesigns of its Nikon 1 V series and recently just announced the fourth version of its 1 J lineup. If seven cameras released in a short while wasn’t enough already, last year Nikon introduced the AW1, a ruggedized mirrorless camera designed to go underwater 49ft, arctic environments, and bounce back from a hard fall from 6.6ft.

It’s uniquely tough even amongst other weather-sealed mirrorless cameras such as the Fujifilm X-T1 and Olympus OMD EM1—but this camera is as equally out of place for the same reasons. Starting at $800 with an equally ruggedized 11-27mm f3.5-5.6 lens, the Nikon 1 AW1 comes with a hefty asking price as the world’s first and only underwater interchangeable lens shooter. Now the question is whether or not Nikon has put together a rough and tumble camera the photography was asking for or does the AW1 fall flat?

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Review: Sony A3000

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Sony A3000 Product Images 1 of 13

The Alpha line is quickly becoming Sony’s catchall brand for cameras. In the last year we’ve seen new cameras like the full-frame mirrorless A7 and A7r and new form factor cameras given designations like the A5000 and A6000. The Sony A3000 comes from the other end of the spectrum with an SLR styled body and high resolution 20MP sensor that takes smaller E-mount lenses.

With an electronic viewfinder and no translucent mirror, or any mirror for that matter, the A3000 has one foot in the space of full-on SLR Alpha cameras and the other steeped in Sony’s smaller mirrorless world. It’s an odd hybrid but how does it all work together in practice?

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Leaks Spec the Nikon 1 V3, New Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 1-Mount Lens

Image via Digifotopro

Image via Digifotopro

A few weeks back we got our first look at a sexy new Nikon 1 Series camera and now we’ve got the specs for the proposed camera. Nikon Rumors reports the camera in the patent is actually a new 18MP Nikon 1 V3. One of the big changes could be moving the electronic viewfinder from being part of the camera to an optional unit. The EVF is also getting a nice bump up to 2.44MP screen, whereas the Nikon 1 V2 came with a 1.44MP display. The potentially optional unit could also include a proximity senor to automatically switch between the LCD and EVF.

Below the EVF, the Nikon 1 V3 is reported to feature a 180-degree swiveling LCD screen. As we saw in the patent drawing, the new Nikon 1 V3 seems to be targeting higher-end users and the details reveal there could be a new battery grip on its way. Additionally we might see a new version of the Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD VR zoom lens that will be announced in the next month or two along with the Nikon 1 V3.

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Mirrorless System Cameras Now Outselling DSLRs In Japan

EVIL, MILC, CSC — the designations are manifold. But whatever you call them, one thing is clear: the relatively recent species of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras is on the rise. And now, for the first time, they have begun to outsell the more traditional DSLR cameras on their home market, Japan. According to Olympus’ European Product Manager Claudia Baehr in an interview over at TechRadar, the market share of mirrorless system cameras in Japan is now at about 50%, first outselling DSLRs in December 2011. In Britain, the market share of evil MILC-CSCs is about 30%, and about 20% in the US, with DSLRs still going strong on both markets. (These numbers refer to units newly sold, not to overall usage.)

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Review: Olympus PEN E-PL3

Yes, I still had the plastic on the lens.

If you’re a frequent reader of The Phoblographer, you’ll know that we are fans of the Micro Four Thirds format (M43). M43 bodies offer a great balance of size and image quality. Additionally, M43 cameras are often less intimidating than a DSLR for those looking to step up from point and shoot cameras (P&S) or advanced P&S camera. It is this group of people that Olympus had in mind when creating the E-PL3. So, is the E-PL3 the next logical step up from a P&S? Let’s find out.

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Do You Feel That Mirrorless Cameras Are The Future?

With the promise of DSLR quality in a smaller package from Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras, do you truly feel that they will be the future and will replace DSLRs? If so, do you feel that DSLRs will continue to live on for niche purposes of some sort? For example, in the medium format category DSLRs may continue to live on past their Full frame cousins.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.