Thursday, April 26, 2007

New Sony S800 (8mp, 6x optical)

News of the world

  • New digital camera from Sony in Europe!!! The Cybershot S800 is an 8mp 1/1.8" CCD (bravo!!!), 6x optical Sony lens, 2cm macro, 2.5" LCD, 2 AA batteries (NiMH supplied provide 390 CIPA shots), available end of May. dcviews.com, Google search with many results including Gidmodo, I4U, CrunchGear, Electronista
  • Everybody gets firmware updates! Well, not quite everybody, but dpreview.com has the details on firmware updates for the Pentax K10D, Fuji S5 Pro, Canon D-Rebel 400D (aka XTi), Sigma SD14, along with software updates from Adobe and Pentax. Also one from Ricoh
  • Camera sales up 55% at Panasonic for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007. dpreview forum discussion
  • The 2007 TIPA awards have been announced!. TIPA describes their award as the "European 'Oscar' of the Photo & Imaging Industry".
  • Sigma lists their lens that are (AF-)compatible with the Nikon D40. IR story
  • New Sanyo Xacti S70 (7mp, 3x, AA) for 129 euro.


    Overheard in the dpreview forums
  • Going from JPEG to RAW?
  • First impressions on the new Sony H9 here, and here, and here!
  • The sky is falling in this Pentax-themed post (just because the new lenses have been delayed)
  • A user posts his/hers honest thoughts on the Olympus E400
  • And a very profound internal debate: Do you remove the lens cap before taking pictures?
  • Another popular topic is anything that has to do with B&H Photo


    Reviews Of Interest (RoI)
  • Photographyblog.com posts their home-brewed review of the Pentax K10D. Pentax day continues with a serving of ... pancakes at CameraLabs.com (reviewing 40mm and 70mm DA pancakes)
  • Thom Hogan takes the Nikon D40x for a spin
  • And one of the few stabilized superzooms with RAW, the Panasonic FZ8 (silver or black) gets reviewed at multi-lingual Megapixel.net. Tres bon!


    Market Share Numbers
  • The numbers are in from Japan for the year 2006 according to the IDC report. Yahoo Reuters has the story. Also mentioned in the Panasonic dpreview forum by "Erik37".
  • So let's jump in and disect the numbers, comparing the whole year of 2006 to 2005!
    The overall market grew 14.5% to 106 million units shipped.
  • 1. Canon, 18.7% market share, 19.7m cameras, +23.3% increase in shipments. 2005 market share: 17.4%
  • 2. Sony, 15.8% market share. 2005 market share: 15.2%
  • 3. Kodak, 10.0% market share. 2005 market share: 14.2%
  • 4. Olympus, 8.6% market share. 2005 market share: 9.8%%
  • 5. Samsung 7.8% market share. 2005 market share: 3.8%. 2005 rank: #9. Needless to say this is very impressive!
  • 6. Nikon 7.6% market share. 2005 market share: 7.9%

    DSLRS were a hot growth segment, reaching 5 million and 39% growth
  • 1. Canon, 46.7% market share. +30.7% growth. 2005 market share: 49.5%
  • 2. Nikon, 33% market share. +35.9% growth. 2005 market share: 33.7%
  • 3. Sony, 6.2% market share. 2005 market share: 0.0%
  • 4. Olympus 5.9% market share. 2005 market share: 5.7%
  • 5. Pentax 5.4% market share. 2005 market share: 4.6%

    2006 Hard Numbers, overall market
    1. Canon 18.7%, 19747351
    2. Sony 15.8%, 16718209
    3. Kodak 10%, 10567943
    4. Olympus 8.6%, 9117141
    5. Samsung 7.8%, 8281648
    6. Nikon 7.6%, 8060250
    *. Everybody else: 32.5%
    *. Total 106 million shipments

    2005 Hard Numbers, overall market
    1. Canon 17.4%, 16030746
    2. Sony 15.2%, 14024195
    3. Kodak 14.2%, 13144883
    4. Olympus 9.8%, 9089576
    5. Nikon 7.9%, 7251566
    *. Samsung 3.8%, 3546367

    2006 Hard Numbers, DSLRs
    1. Canon 46.7%, 2460339
    2. Nikon 33%, 1740169
    3. Sony 6.2%, 326240
    4. Olympus 5.9%, 311116
    5. Pentax 5.4%, 285932
    *. Everybody else: 2.8%
    *. Total DSLR shipments: 5 million


    2005 Hard Numbers, DSLRs
    1. Canon 49.5%, 1882162
    2. Nikon 33.7%, 1280172
    *. Olympus 5.7%, 217135
    *. Pentax 4.6%, 175112
    *. Sony 0.0%
    *. Everybody else: 5.5%


    Derivations from the numbers
  • Sony in 2006 handily beat Minolta in 2005
  • Nikon may have dropped in market share ranking, but over 20% of the cameras they shipped were DSLRs (much higher price than average digital camera).
  • more coming soon!


    Eye Candy segment

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