A BCN report showed that Canon was the biggest interchangeable lens camera vendor in Japan throughout 2012.
Canon remained the best selling camera vendor in Japan, the home of camera manufacturers. A BCN report based on preliminary data shows that Canon managed to account for 28.6 percent of all interchangeable lens camera sales, while Nikon came second and followed by Olympus.
Interchangeable lens cameras include both mirrorless and DSLR units, but the data is confined to Japan and it’s not final. BCN states that Japanese customers have spent roughly 66,000 yen (about $755) on average on a camera. What’s more, nearly 50 percent of the sales were accounted by mirrorless cameras, which may come as a surprise to some analysts.
Nikon J1 takes first place in mirrorless market
The best selling mirrorless camera is the Nikon J1, although the manufacturer ranked fourth in the overall list behind Olympus, Panasonic and Sony. According to the report, Olympus’ market share stands at 29.8 percent, Panasonic at 23.6 percent, Sony at 20 percent, Nikon at 14.3 percent and Canon at 2.1 percent.
Canon’s sales were a bit disappointing even though it entered this market at a later time, however, analysts expect the company to perform better in 2013.
Canon remains Number 1 in DSLR sales
In Japan, Canon keeps selling the highest amount of DSLR cameras and its market share would have been even bigger if lower-end camera sales wouldn’t been taken into account. Overall, Canon’s market share stood at 28.6 percent, followed by Nikon with 25 percent, while Olympus came third with 14.3 percent.
Sony settled for the fourth place in the list as it reached a 13.3 percent market share, only 1 percent less than Olympus. The list was completed by Panasonic which sold 11.3 percent of all interchangeable lens cameras. BCN’s full report is available here in Japanese language, like always.
A full report will be published in the near future in order to include data from the last part of 2012, however, the analysts do not expect major changes at the top as Japan is still going through recession after the stock market issues and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami events.