BCN releases the full 2018 Japanese market share details: Canon rules the mirrorless market! published the Japanese market share for 2018:

Mirrorless market shares
Canon 31,6% took the first spot at Olympus expense. Canon had an impressive +10% jump thanks to the EOS-M50 and the new EOS-R. Sony had a small +2% jump.

Fixed lens camera shares:
Nikon had a nice +6% growth and took the first spot while Canon slipped down to the second place. Sony managed to grab the third position.


DSLR camera shares:
Canon as usual on on the top, Nikon as usual in second place and Pentax-Ricoh as usual on the third spot.

Here are the video camera and action camera shares:

Sony announces the new A6400 vlogger oriented camera…whith two annoying flaws…

The new Sony A6400 has been finally announced. You get this for $899 at BHphoto and Adorama.

Teh camera has top features like the world’s fastest autofocus, touch selfie screen, new real-time tracking, animal eye-af and many other improvements. And the price is very competitive too!

Sony made a big buzz about this camera being ideal for vloggers and than they did “built-in” two flaws:

1) It has no IBIS

2) Most Vloggers use a hotshoe mic on the and this will cover the selfie screen when vlogging

For the second “flaw” the only solution seems to be this one:

Still a nice camera if you consider the price…

Sony A6400 Key specs:

  • World’s Fastest (i) 0.02 seconds (ii) AF acquisition speed plus 425 phase-detection and contrast-detection AF points covering approximately 84% of image area
  • Advanced Real-time Eye AF
  • New Real-time Tracking for object tracking
  • 24.2MP(iii) APS-C Exmor™ CMOS image sensor and latest-generation BIONZ X™ image processor
  • 180-degree fully tiltable LCD touch screen for self-recording
  • High-speed continuous shooting at up to 11 fps(iv) mechanical shutter / 8 fps(iv) silent shooting with continuous AF/AE tracking
  • High-resolution 4K(vi) movie recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, plus advanced AF speed and stability
  • Interval recording for time-lapse videos

Sony A6400 coverage:
Full A6400 Brochure. Full presentation page at Sony. Press at Dpreview. Image samples at Sony USA.

CIPA report from November: The digital camera market gets in deeper crisis and new Canon/Nikon mirrorless cannot help it

Oh dear folks I have been so wrong. I hoped that in 2017 we bottomed out but I was wrong. In 2018 the digital camera market shrunk further. My next hope was that the new Canon and Nikon mirrorless cameras would help to recover a bit but I was wrong again. In November 2018 Japanese companies shipped 17% less camera units compared to last year. And this despite the new Canon EOS-R and Nikon Z cameras shipping throughout the world.

What can save the camera industry now? I think we are stuck at the moment. Current cameras are so good you really don’t need any upgrade. Moreover new cameras offer only incremental improvements and do cost more than ever.

We need real innovation. An example? I really want an APP store support built-in on my camera. Where third party developers can sell special APPS I can buy and download on my camera. Yes, just like a smartphone! This stupid basic idea would at least open a new market and make cameras interesting again.

Or do you have even better ideas to share in the comment system?

Breaking new records: Lexar announces world’s first 1TB SD card

You can preorder it now for $399 at BHphoto and Adorama. And those are the specs:

Shoot and record more of what you love without changing cards with this high-capacity 1TB memory card that supplies the space you need for capturing all the action. Designed for your mid-range DSLR, HD camcorder, or 3D camera, the Lexar Professional 633x SDXC UHS-I card lets you quickly capture, and transfer high-quality photos and stunning 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, with read speeds of up to 633x (95MB/s). This Class 10 card leverages UHS-I technology to deliver high-speed performance to get the shot you want, while providing the reliability you need,