Who’s Winning The Photo Camera Sales Battle? Mirrorless? DSLR? Shocker…

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Over the past couple of years, Sony and Panasonic have asserted the power of the mirrorless style camera. With the ability to take photos at 42megapixels on the Sony a7RII and the 4k of the Lumix GH4 and then the lowlight monster Sony a7SII, you would assume that they’d be taking the world by storm. If you’re looking at these new stats from Flickr, you’d probably be left scratching your head.

Here is where we can really see the short-term impact of these cameras taking hold, and it’s interesting to see people’s reaction. A lowly 3% of EXIF data on Flickr.com was shot with a mirrorless camera. Before you start asking the wrong questions let me clear something up: This should NOT be surprising.

While we’ve seen some amazing technology push mirrorless cameras to the forefront of the camera industry, these advancements has not had the same effect on cinematographers and photographers. In fact, you could say that the advancements are incomparable. Why is that? It’s because until recently, your high-end mirrorless photo camera didn’t do anything that your Canon or Nikon body couldn’t. In addition, mirrorless systems rarely have the lens library to back up the body.

At the same time that we were living with lackluster mirrorless photography cameras, we saw a tsunami of Sony a7S and Panasonic Lumix GH4 shooters making the switch to mirrorless systems. As primarily manual focus shooters, videographers don’t need to worry about the lack of quality AF lenses. Beyond that, the low Megapixel count on both of these cameras don't lend themselves to your average photographer. Videographers have been begging for video focused handheld systems for a while. Those two bodies specifically answered that call. So it makes sense that people would have the perception that mirrorless cameras are being bought en masse by photographers.

With this in mind, is it really THAT surprising that a photo website would only have 3% mirrorless photographers?

If you’re still not convinced, consider this, it’s been less than a year since the Sony a7II and the a7RII isn’t even 6 months old yet. These two systems have been focused directly on converting photographers. I’m more interested in the long term impact of these cameras, and not the short term impact the 12.2MP and 16MPMFT video focused bodies of the a7S and GH4 have had.

What this also shows is the much deserved, brand reliability that Nikon and Canon have. The quality of glass and consistency has been built up over such a time that it makes it difficult for companies as large as Sony and Panasonic to infringe. From personal experience I can certainly say that Canon customer service is second to none, and the quality of Nikon glass is unbelievable. If you’re looking at the whole package, it’s hard to justify making the switch.

If you have switched to mirrorless, or if you’ve been reluctant to change, or flat out won’t, let us know in the comments.

Via Nikon Rumors:

Top cameras on flickr for 2015 based on EXIF data: Nikon is 3rd with 16%. Only 3% of all flickr pictures were taken with a mirrorless camera.

Top cameras on flickr for 2015 JPG

Here is another graph: global interchangeable-lens camera market share.

global interchangeable-lens camera market share JPG

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(cover photo credit: snap from Nikon Rumors)

Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy is a filmmaker, photographer and writer based out of St. Louis, Missouri. Mainly focused on documentary and experimental film, he has produced, directed, shot and edited many short films and a few long form works.

He shoots a lot and often.
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