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01-15-2010, 01:21 AM   #1
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K-x finishes 3rd in Japan for December

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With 7.9 percent marketshare, the Pentax K-x finishes third behind the 500D and D5000, but ahead of everything else.

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Very good! I don't think they rank total japanese sales, but it's still a very good indicator.
And it's getting even better: Now one of the K-x kits is in the top 10 list for last week (which is good for a camera with that many variants):

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K-7 seems to sell better, too, maybe because of the attention to Pentax that K-x grabs?
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Very impressive. I am looking for some price drops in the K7 soon to spur some sales there.
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Today is the last day for the Pentax Rebate and I can get the camera for only $1,028.99 at TriState.

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Why are Japan Dslr sales an important statistic?

Why are Japan Dslr sales such an important statistic?

For 2009 Japan Dslr marketshare has declined to 11% of total dslr sales.

Who's buying the other 89%?


See Jan 14th posting at:

Thom Hogan's Nikon Field Guide and Nikon Flash Guide


I do think K-x getting 3rd place in Japan in December is OUTSTANDING.
I wonder what part of K-x "available in 100 colors" in Japan had to do with the 3rd place in one month victory?
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevinschoenmakers Quote
With 7.9 percent marketshare, the Pentax K-x finishes third behind the 500D and D5000, but ahead of everything else.
So it came last beside it's two main competitors.
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You could look at it that way, but I have never seen a Pentax digital camera with more than about 4 percent of the market share. This is double that -- a huge improvement over 2008 when Pentax finished with something around 1.4 percent of the market in Japan.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
You could look at it that way, but I have never seen a Pentax digital camera with more than about 4 percent of the market share. This is double that -- a huge improvement over 2008 when Pentax finished with something around 1.4 percent of the market in Japan.
It's very good, but that number from 2008 was false, AFAIR.

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with this i suppose pentax has garnered more new pentaxians. thats a good thing.
now pentax need to keep them in the family providing better future upgrades (i.e. lenses and bodies). hope they do it.
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+1 for K-x. Not really surprised when K-x took the 3rd place. Best entry-level DLSR with a very nice price tag. I will buy one for my girlfriend on her birthday
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QuoteOriginally posted by Big G Quote
So it came last beside it's two main competitors.
Kiss was introduced in May. The Nikon was introduced in April.

Also, since when is Pentax competing for 2nd place? Pentax's main competitors for 3rd place (in the APS-C market) have been Panasonic, Olympus and Sony.
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A lot of word-of-mouth interest in the K-X in Australia, with happy new customers spreading the word, but the big consumer electronic stores aren't carrying it. You often have to get it mail-order.

The price here is very good compared to the main competitors, Nikon D5000 & Canon 500D. Pentax K-x DSLR Camera (not grey market - full Aust. warranty):

$AUD
Body only - Black - 689
Black/Navy/Red/White - 18-55 - 739
Black - 18-55 & 50-200 - 849
Black - Sigma 7-70/F2.8-4.5 - 899

The Sigma bundle is great value.
It's a pity the twin kit lens bundle offered by the Aust. distributor has the mediocre 50-200 rather than the better 55-300. Some guys are buying that bundle from BH Photo instead.

Dan.
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I wonder how Pentax does in China? Canon is basically the leader over there.
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The K-x has really impressed, and has been well received. Thanks for the info
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Is there a market for bootleg dslrs in china? How long before you can get a PENTIX, or NIHON, Cannon under the table....
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