With only a few offerings and a negligible number of lenses, maybe you didn't think much of Canon as a player in the mirrorless game.
But think again—according to Thom Hogan's analysis of BCN data, Canon is coming on like gangbusters in the cameramakers' home market of Japan, capturing 18.5% of the entire mirrorless market in 2016, easily surpassing onetime leader Panasonic and even squeaking past mighty Sony despite Sony's plentiful offerings in a variety of formats.
Note that Thom's chart is only for the Top Three and their combined market share, which is why figures for Panasonic don't appear in 2016 and 2015, and why Fuji, Nikon, Leica etc. don't appear on the chart at all.
Thom also notes that Japanese camera buyers are "price and size sensitive," greatly preferring small cameras and bargain prices.
Canon is now outselling Nikon two to one in Japan
Thom's other article of great interest is the one reflecting on BCN's recently released data on DSLR market share. It shows Nikon slowly slipping in the home market, and Canon going from strong to stronger.
Thom now has many sites covering many aspects of camera gear, but his core or legacy identity is as a Nikon site (the tagline on dslrbodies.com is "Supporting the Nikon F-mount on the Internet since 1994..."), so naturally his article concentrates on the ramifications of the data for Nikon. The article also charts the steady deterioration of Nikon's rank in lens sales, from 23.2% of the interchangeable lens market in 2009 to 12.5% last year.
Sigma has now taken over the No. 2 position in interchangeable lens sales in Japan, behind Canon.
(Thanks to Michael J. Perini)
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Jim Bullard: "I'm not surprised. The 'M' cameras have taken a bum rap in the U.S. but I like the M3 in particular. I wish it had a fully articulated screen on the back but, on the whole, I love it. Good size, reasonable price, and great optics."
Geoff Wittig: "This is ironically bad news for us Canon users. Nikon's technical prowess over the years has provided the competitive challenge keeping Canon from becoming completely complacent. No doubt it's Nikon's brilliant D800/810 series (and their Sony sensors) that forced Canon to finally start addressing its lag in high ISO noise and dynamic range capabilities. If Nikon slips further and goes under (a distinct possibility, since Nikon is basically a camera/lens company, while Canon and Sony have far wider product lines), Canon may get even fatter and happier with what they already have. This would make me very sad; I greatly prefer the larger form factor of 'standard' DSLRs over mirrorless cameras, which just feel too small and fiddly to me."