The internet has been buzzing a bit with the news that Nikon has officially confirmed that it is developing some new mirrorless cameras.
At this point details are scarce. There is a lot of speculation that these new cameras may use larger sensors. Some photography sites have expressed their views that full frame Nikon cameras are being developed. Nikon has not yet provided any specific mirrorless product details.
Given that shipments of DSLRs appear to be softening a bit in 2017 when compared to 2016, it would not be surprising if these new Nikon mirrorless cameras were based on a larger sensor format.
On a year-to-date (May) basis, CIPA data is showing mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras now represent 36.6% of all interchangeable lens camera shipments.
In terms of absolute numbers, the volume of mirrorless cameras shipped has increased thus far in 2017 when compared to 2016 on a year-to-date basis.
This is being driven by growth in the Asian camera market which now represents almost 40% of the global market for interchangeable lens cameras.
Another key point is that 48.6% of all mirrorless interchangeable camera shipments go to the Asian market.
It will be interesting to see what Nikon does with these new mirrorless cameras, and how they may impact Nikon’s overall product portfolio.
Once mid-year CIPA statistics are available I’ll be doing a more detailed assessment of the global camera market. This update article will likely be published in late July or early August.
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