MIRRORLESS MOVES AHEAD
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.