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With Canon announcing the EOS M2 only in China and Japan, the question I'm getting is why? Okay, here's the answer:
That's where the Japanese camera makers shipped cameras in the first 10 months of 2013 (source: CIPA). 66% of all mirrorless cameras went to the Asian markets (including Japan). 61% of the DSLR cameras went to Europe and the Americas. Rounded a bit, two-thirds of cameras are going different directions depending upon what type they are.
This is posing real issues for some companies. Here in the US, the DSLR market is dominated to the point of absurdity by Canon and Nikon (>90%), with Sony taking the biggest chunk of what's left. Sony and Nikon also have more than half the mirrorless sales in the US, though. So, of the 3 million or so interchangeable lens cameras shipped to the US so far this year, something over 2.8 million of them are probably Canon, Nikon, or Sony. Not a lot of market left over for the rest of the players, which is one reason why Panasonic stepped back and is offering only limited options (e.g. body colors) in the US, and shipping here last. It's probably also why Olympus cut some of their direct dealer support here.
Canon's Asia-only EOS M2 (at least initially, though maybe permanently) shows that even the big boys aren't immune to the regional preference that has appeared between mirrorless and DSLR. You don't want to ship inventory into markets where it won't sell and eventually have to be sold at steep discount, which eventually shows up as higher SG&A expense.
So what about the Olympus E-M1 and Sony A7? Aren't they going to break the regional barrier? Hard to say yet, but I'm guessing not really, because they're both higher priced cameras, and thus are selling in lower volume to start with. So even though they're seeing good popularity here in the US for their price point, I don't think they distort the unit shipment picture all that much.
I'm guessing we're going to see more of this regionality short term. Indeed, let's add compact cameras to the mix and the picture becomes even more interesting:
Aha. Asia is buying mirrorless over both DSLRs and compacts.
Metabones has introduced a new version of its Nikon G Speed Booster, specifically designed for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (0.64x) and Pocket Cinema Camera (0.58x) both of which use the m4/3 lens mount. So for the Pocket Cinema Camera, a 50mm Nikon f/1.4 lens becomes the equivalent to a 29mm f/0.74 lens, and Sigma's recent 18-35mm f/1.8 DX lens becomes a 10.5-20.3mm f/1 lens. As with all Speed Boosters, MTF performance is increased, as well.
These new adapters are available now for US$489.
B&H carries Metabones, but does not yet have the new adapters available.
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Canon Japan today announced the long-rumored update to the EOS M, the EOS M2. Changes include a slight downsizing and weight loss, greatly improved focus speed, on-board WiFi, and a few other minor tweaks (such as digital zoom for video). Basically, Canon addressed the primary weakness of the camera (focus performance) and made it more social (though some of the sharing aspects have to go through Canon Gateway).
However, the announcement was made only in Japan, and at least one Canon subsidiary (Europe) has already disclosed that they will not be selling the product, and it's likely that this applies to the US, as well. That's one reason why the announcement was buried in December: maybe no one will notice, especially since EOS M's are still being liquidated by many of the online retailers at the moment here in the US.
So Canon is keeping their toes in the mirrorless water in the market that has most embraced it (Japan), basically. None of the changes are heavy duty, with really only the focus speed improvement and WiFi addition being of any particular interest.
It appears I was right about Canon's withdrawal from the US market with mirrorless (we didn't get the 11-22mm lens, now we don't get the M2). That's a shame, really, as the EOS M is certainly an interesting option for those already invested in Canon lenses, and in terms of image quality, it was quite competitive.
- Olympus E-M1 Firmware Update 1.1
- Panasonic GX7 Firmware Update 1.2
- New Fujifilm X “Magazine"
- New York Times Tackles Fujifilm
- Mirrorless for the Holidays
- The "Lower End" Problem
- Pocket Cinema Camera Gets Raw Support
- Franiec Grips
- Mirrorless Market News
- Fujifilm Lenses Get Updates
- The Bespoke A7, and Stellar Wasn't Stellar Enough
- Sakar Shakes Things Up Some More
- "NEX" is Gone, so What do we Call It?
- Why the Sony A7 Doesn't Crush the Olympus E-M1
- Play Time for m4/3 with Lomography
- Fujifilm Introduces the X-E2
- Panasonic GM1 Likes Big Pockets
- The Sony Fan Boys Are Whooping it Up
- Sony Takes Mirrorless Cameras Full Frame with A7 & A7r
- Protection by Lawsuit
- Samsung Announces Korea-only NX300m
- The State of Mirrorless Camera Systems, Fall 2013
- Update for Olympus Lenses on Panasonic Cameras
- Nikon 1 Takes on Water
- Panasonic Updates GX7 Firmware
- Fujifilm Introduces the X-A1 and XC Lenses
- Nikon 1 Lessons Learned on Safari
- The E-M1 versus the E-M5
- Olympus Moves Upscale and Down Number
- August Firmware Updates for Sony & Panasonic
- Fujifilm Adds 23mm f/1.4 Prime Lens to Lineup
News and commentary for August 2013:
July 2013 news and commentary:
- The m4/3 Users are Nervous
- On Safari Four Years Later
- Fujifilm Firmware Fixed Again
- Fujifilm X-Pro1 Firmware Update Withdrawn
- Fujifilm Adds New Telephoto to Lens Roadmap
- Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 Firmware Updates
- Metabones Speed Booster Update
- Canon Gets it Wrong With the EOS M
- Panasonic Firmware Updates
- I'll Be Back (Pentax News)
- Lightroom 4.4.1 Update
- Panasonic Launches the GX7
June 2013 archived news and views:
- Canon EOS M Firmware Update 2.0.2
- Panasonic Updates 20mm Lens
- Fujifilm Introduces Entry-Level XF Camera and Lenses
- Android Mirrorless Arrives: the Samsung NX
- Samsung Updates NX300 Firmware
- Slight Olympus Firmware Update
- I'm Sensing a Small Change
- Samsung Quietly Pre-announces the 10mm Fisheye
- Nikon Silently Updates FT-1 Firmware
- Howling at the Moon
- The Danger of Colors
- Panasonic's Restructuring
- More on Olympus and Breakeven
- EOS M Gets Some Love from Canon
- And April Makes Four
- Fujifilm on Sale
May 2013 archived news and views:
- In the Bag
- Whoa! What the Heck Happened?
- Don't be a Yahoo, Olympus Will Likely Survive 2014
- Fujifilm Updates Camera Firmware
- Nauticam Underwater Housing for the GH3
- Will the Floodgates Open?
- The Financial Season Ends
- Panasonic 12-35mm Lens Update 1.2
- Nikon 1 Fast Telephoto (Almost) Arrives
- Site Updates
- Fun With Statistics
- I'm Not Sure I Get It
- Olympus Introduces New m4/3 Products
- Survey Says