From Amateur Photographer (UK) Nikon speaks out about compact system camera news - Amateur Photographer - news, camera reviews, lens reviews, camera equipment guides, photography courses, competitions, photography forums Via Mirrorless Rumors Mirrorless Rumors | Blog | Nikon says mirrorlress is taking away market from compact cameras, not from DSLR's. "The success of compact system camera sales is taking away from the compact camera market, not from digital SLRs, according to Simon Iddon, Product Manager for DX DSLR at Nikon UK, and has not had an impact on the company's DSLR sales. In an interview with AP Iddon said that Nikon currently has a complete line-up and does not need to fill any gaps in its product range with a compact system offering. 'We have all points covered' Iddon told AP 'with a complete range of cameras from entry level to professional, and plenty of great compact cameras too.' Iddon says that the compact system camera market will not divert sales from the DSLRs, because 'if you want a DSLR you want what a DSLR stands for' and that isn't a compact system camera. James Banfield, also of Nikon UK, commented that some of the companies that have been particularly successful in the compact system market have had to spend a lot of money to achieve that success. 'I think in some cases marketing spend has out-stripped sales revenue,' he remarked. These comments come at a time of heightened speculation about Nikon's intensions in the CSC market and the size of sensor the company might use. While Iddon's remarks certainly do not rule Nikon in or out of the compact system camera arena, they might suggest that an announcement is not as imminent as some believe and others would like." If I had a sense of skepticism words like:- Sour Grapes, Missed the boat, Wishful Thinking, God this sand is blocking up my ears, might spring to mind. Following on from the equally insightful comments from Canon. Canon doesn’t need compact system camera news - Amateur Photographer - news, camera reviews, lens reviews, camera equipment guides, photography courses, competitions, photography forums "Canon doesn't need to introduce a mirrorless compact system camera (CSC), according to the head of consumer imaging in Europe, as the company does not have a problem selling its existing compact and DSLR products. In an interview with Amateur Photographer, Rainer Fuehres said that compact system cameras have been introduced by manufacturers that find it difficult to compete in the digital SLR market. Not ruling out the possibility that Canon will enter this area, Rainer stressed that if it did the reason would not be because Canon felt it had to. 'The idea of the compact system camera is nothing to do with whether the camera has a mirror or not, but about creating a small and more portable system. If Canon does take part I hope we won't introduce just a me-too product, but we'll use the opportunity to do something different.' Rainer said. 'For Canon it would be about connectivity and providing high image quality in a small form'. The manufacturers that have introduced micro Four Thirds and mirrorless systems have been those that have failed to make a success of their mainstream digital SLR offerings, according to Rainer. Indeed, when Samsung first mentioned its then forthcoming NX system to AP in 2008 Samsung Techwin Executive Vice President Byung Woo Lee stated that the move into a new area would come because the company's GX series of DSLRs could not compete with Nikon and Canon's models. Canon has consistently refused to comment on its position on the new compact system camera, and when asked whether the company would enter the mirrorless market or concentrate on making its EOS DSLR series smaller Rainer would not say. The two and a half year-old CSC market is growing, with Panasonic leading the way with its Lumix G series cameras. While these smaller camera systems have been popular in Asia, the UK and some other European countries, they have failed to make much impact in the enormous and essential American market. Until Canon, and Nikon, can see that the market is truly global the introduction of a compact mirrorless system will be a risk that these companies perhaps do not have to take." Both sets of comments sound about as convincing as IBM did all those years ago. You remember - "Who's going to want a desktop computer - nobody!"