The Nikon 1 was imo cripled from the start by Nikon productmanagement and beancounters, afraid an APSC, or worse a 35mm, Nikon 1 would cannibalize their DSLR sales........ The Nikon 1 system knew that they needed cutting edge sensors with blazing AF and delivered, and it still wasn’t enough and the entire system was killed off.
m43 may never again have enough sales volume to have a new sensor. ......
I like Thom Hogan. A cantankerous Statler and Waldorf merged in one. His manual of the F5 was a life saver for me, and years later also his manual for the D750
Thom’s batting average is about .365. But he is by far the best blogger in this industry at tracking sales data. He also has contacts that inform him reliably. He’s got credibility.
Don't really follow Canon & Nikon, but didn't they launch or rumor their next big flag ships with the same old 20MP [something] DSLR's late last year?No GH6? Panasonic is sitting this out. They aren’t fronting that kind of new sensor capital either. They know profit resides with FF, losses with m43.
I was over on DPR the other day ruminating about the canon RP and there were 3 threads about dirty sensors. And how old is the RP system? I don’t know how Oly does it (maybe a small sensor is easier to shake??)Don't really follow Canon & Nikon, but didn't they launch or rumor their next big flag ships with the same old 20MP [something] DSLR's late last year?
I often wonder do we ask for too much?
Where I live I seem to get dust on my sensors really easily. I would prefer a better sensor cleaning system in a camera to a better sensor that is always dirty.
I really don't understand how people achieve this. I'm pretty kind on my gear, but still find I have to clean my Oly sensors 1-2 times a year. Better than other brands I've used, but the SSWF is not foolproof.
1. TH starts to be very critical lately. He should know that camera companies are old dinosaurs still living in the rich 2000s, slow, stubborn and very selfish, which means they are reluctant to share or even open mounts (see Canon and Nikon behaviour there) or collaborate very closely.Thom Hogan chimes in!
NewCo might manage 150k ILC units a year going forward. That’s how bad the market looks at their 3% share. Canon predicts the ILC market to fall to 5 million units per year, and they will have 33%. Sony 35%. Nikon 20%. Fuji 10%. The rest of the players fight over scraps including all the continued compact sensor models and even drones. Hogan pretty much nails why Panasonic went FF. m43 simply cannot manage enough volume to keep up with sensor tech. The cameras simply sell at too low margin for the EM10 and 5 series (or GX, GM) and not enough volume at the EM1 series. The revenues cannot pay off R&D and so Olympus bleeds $156 million a year.
What profits? Just before Corona crisis when every manufacturer was still riding on the peak of mirrorless FF hype, Canon and Nikon camera business generated losses to such extent that Nikon publicly stated that Imaging Unit must justify it's existence by turning a profit ... or else...No GH6? Panasonic is sitting this out. They aren’t fronting that kind of new sensor capital either. They know profit resides with FF, losses with m43.
And THIS is where the whole camera industry has been shooting themselves in the foot with a submachine gun. They are so hell bent on getting customers locked in via incompatible mounts and body-lens communication protocolls that the first major bankruptcy will be a total shocker for everyone who has 1000s invested in camera equipment. After that nobody will dare to investment a single euro or dollar on camera gear without interchangeability but it will be too late by then. (L-mount allicance and MFT being the only marginal exceptions)
Transition to mirrorless FF cameras was the perfect and also the final chance for entire ILC industry to finally standardize what is in reality an identical set of requirements for lens mount. At the same time they could have also standardized all that other stuff that runs inside mechanically standard hot shoe, not just flash sync.Good point!
(and scary at that)