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05-17-2014, 04:13 AM   #241
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And Ricoh Imaging reports increased sales.

But it's not the same, with Sony the decline was largely due to the compacts; Ricoh Imaging doesn't carry such a burden.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
And Ricoh Imaging reports increased sales.

But it's not the same, with Sony the decline was largely due to the compacts; Ricoh Imaging doesn't carry such a burden.
Well true, but the total market keeps shrinking to 40 million peaces or so, so only 1/3th off the market in 2012 and that will have an impact on all players. Maybe pricereductions will be part off some players to keep their sales up and that will have an impact on all others manufacturars.
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Why would we care about compacts?
The DSLR production figures for January-March are at 91.7% compared to the previous year; it's a decline, but nowhere near as big. MILCs had a better start, the production actually increased compared to 2013.
Of course, those are not sales and some camera makers might be too optimistic and overproduce (like in 2012).
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Why would we care about compacts?
The DSLR production figures for January-March are at 91.7% compared to the previous year; it's a decline, but nowhere near as big. MILCs had a better start, the production actually increased compared to 2013.
Of course, those are not sales and some camera makers might be too optimistic and overproduce (like in 2012).
Performance and rugged compacts, like the GR and the WR Ricoh's (nee Pentax), are the other revenue stream besides DSLRs. They have a solid future, as do larger sensor "bridge" cameras with zooms but not interchangeable lens systems.

The problem with the declines is they are ongoing. Where is floor? Where is the saturation point? Who survives? Who does not?

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