Year to year, LensVid seems to do the best job of briefly summarizing the state of camera and lens production. I'm just catching up to this year's post, which is more than a month old now. The video is concise and covers all the main numbers nicely:
I suspect this will interest some of you...but others not as much. After all, photographers are not in the camera industry, nor are we tied to it, really. The only question a photographer really needs to ask is, do I have what I need to do my own work? And from what I can tell (tell me if your opinion differs), we have seen no decline in the richness of what the camera industry is providing. My feeling is that we continued to be treated to a wealth of new offerings and timely updates, that development is still proceeding almost faster than it's reasonable to catch up with, and that we have, if anything, too many choices of good tools rather than too few.
No surprises here, but it's good to keep up.
(Thanks to Gert-Jan Vons)
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Andy Sheppard: "Without even starting the video, the stat that I find most shocking is the one to the right of screen—'the ENTIRE camera market in 2015 is less than 30% of what it was in 2010.' That is one hell of a dramatic decline...."
Mike replies: Yes, but you'll notice that the decline is mostly in digicams a.k.a. point-and-shoots—fixed-lens small-sensor compacts, the market for which is being obliterated by smartphones. We've known for some time that that's happening, and we foresaw it even before it started to happen. You'll notice that the change in interchangeable-lens cameras, which are what most photographers care more about, has been much less dramatic.
Bill C: "The state of the camera industry should be of interest to both the serious amateur and the professional photographer. Understanding what business drivers will influence manufacturers can help shape what we invest in, from specific models of bodies or lenses to entire systems. Take for example the exit of Samsung from the digital camera market. I've heard some exclaim surprise at this, but industry performance made it clear that at least one or two of the middle players were going to get squeezed out. One can't help but wonder about Ricoh, as well, given how far they trail the other ILC manufacturers. The major camera manufacturers are still very much catching up with the current state of the market, and I think we'll see more impact from this in the next few years. Contraction of model lineups, perhaps the exit of another manufacturer (or two), and probably a growing trend in price increases all seem likely."