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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Digital Camera Sales Trend Moving Through 2013


Digital cameras remain to be among the basic devices that people have and want to own today. This is despite the fast sales of the smartphones that have overtaken the laptop and even the stand alone camera units.
During this year's biggest camera show held in Cologne, Germany, the tough challenge facing camera manufacturers was clearly noted. They admit the fact that more consumers are turning to the smartphones. As such, the number of cameras being bought has slipped and printing of photographs has also gone down.
The Canon Digital Lifestyle Index revealed that sales for compact cameras went down by eight percent in the second half of 2011. Camera sales dropped by five percent in Australia in the same year. The case for the digital SLR, however, was different as an increase of 26 percent in sales was noted.
With regards to full-frame cameras, leading manufacturers Canon and Nikon are going to introduce more new DSLR models. The new units are targeted at both the beginners and the serious hobbyists but they command a higher price. As an example, Canon's EOS 6D expected to be out in the market this month is reported to sell at a price of $2,400. This 20.2-megapixel camera is capable of capturing high-definition video and 4.5 photos per second. It is also very lightweight at only 770 grams.
For its part, Nikon has its D600 unit with a lot of great features. It boasts of a 24.3 megapixel resolution and can shoot 5.5 frames per second. And its price? It is more expensive than the Canon unit at nearly $2,600.
Other leading brands that are keeping up include Sony and Leica. Sony has its RX1 which has a large sensor in a compact frame as well as the SLT camera while Leica has two full-frame but compact units - the Leica M and M-E.
Apart from the full-frame types, sales of the compact system cameras are seen to be doing well. This kind of camera has changeable lens and a small body. In 2011, its sales went up by 156 percent.
For this holiday season, Olympus is seeing a 25 percent share of the market. The company's contributions to this compact system camera are its Pen Lite E-PL5 and Pen Mini E-PM2 which have a 16-megapixel sensor and touch screens.
Sony cannot be beaten in this area. It has its NEX-6 which features a 16-megapixel sensor and HD video capture.
Finally, a growing trend today and going into the future is the camera with wireless sharing capability. There's no doubt that leading manufacturers are catering to this type what with more people now sharing images online instead of printing them out.
Samsung has already released its 4G Galaxy camera while Nikon has its Coolpix S800c. Both units operate via Google Android software and they can immediately share photos online without having to store them first on the computer. Other camera models with wi-fi capability include the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and Canon 6D.
So expect cameras to continue to advance through the coming months of 2013 and be ready with your budget if you plan to get one of them.
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