MIR­ROR­LESS MOVES AHEAD

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EVEN BE­FORE CANON

and Nikon get started with their new mir­ror­less cam­era sys­tems, the cat­e­gory has started to out­strip D-SLRs.

Speak­ing at the launch of the Fu­ji­film X-T3 in Fiji, Yuto Nakan­ishi – who is one of the com­pany’s prod­uct plan­ners and pre­vi­ously worked on both the X-H1 and X-T100 projects – noted that mir­ror­less cam­era ship­ments ex­ceeded those of D-SLRs in the Ja­panese do­mes­tic mar­ket. In the first half of 2018, Ja­panese cam­era mak­ers shipped 292,000 mir­ror­less cam­eras ver­sus 246,000 D-SLRs. This may only be a small com­par­a­tively small dif­fer­ence, but it’s a sig­nif­i­cant one in terms of in­di­cat­ing where the ILC mar­ket is head­ing. Nakan­ishi also hailed a small rise (around six per­cent) in the to­tal value of Ja­panese dig­i­tal cam­era ship­ments for 2017, re­vers­ing a pre­vi­ously steady de­cline over the pre­vi­ous five years. To­tal value was ¥777 bil­lion, cre­at­ing an “his­tor­i­cal year”. He sug­gests that both trends will con­tinue now that “…ev­ery­one is now se­ri­ously into mir­ror­less sys­tems”.

Given the early log jams of or­ders for both the Nikon Z 7 and the Canon EOS R–a great many likely to be com­ing from users of each brand’s D-SLRs – it looks like mir­ror­less’s ad­vance will now be re­lent­less.

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