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ranplett
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Posted Wed May 17, 2006 3:18PM

On 2006-05-17 09:32:17, RonTech2000 wrote:
Canon has been #1 in Canada for quite some time, and now has the greatest market share in the US as well, according to the PMA (Photo Marketer's Association).  Kodak had been #1 in the US for 5 quarters, but fell all the way to #3.  It seems a lot of first-time Kodak buyers are not returning a second time.  Sony's shipments were flat but they still climbed into 2nd spot. The numbers (last quarter in parentheses) Canon 19.3% (18.6) Sony 17.1 (17.5) Kodak 14.5 (19.7)



Thanks for posting this. It's interesting how Kodak had the lead, and has now lost it. I think the camera dock may have had somehting to do with it. I've often heard people say: "well the Kodak comes with the dock."


I've noticed that the Canon P & S cameras tend to have the best overall image quality, followed by Nikon.


Now, how about the DSLR sales?
shaun
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Posted Wed May 17, 2006 4:32PM
DSLR will be Canon I would think. I dont care Its who's holding the camera that counts
RonTech2000
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Posted Wed May 17, 2006 4:47PM

Last year for DSLR's worldwide, Canon a little over 50%, Nikon a little under 40%, which means about 90% combined!


Should be an interesting year with Olympus, Sony, and Panasonic all gunning for market share, and Fuji, Pentax and maybe even Kodak hanging around.  Surely 5 or 6 companies can do better than 10% market share?
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Posted Wed May 17, 2006 10:54PM
Actuall I bought a Kodak, and I think the reason for the drop is the camera softwre. I was using a Sony 3.6 MP camera and saw that I could get a Kodak 6.1 megapixel camera for not much money.

Since I didn't expect to be able to upgrade to a "real" camera (SLR) for a while I thought that the Kodak would work in the mean time. The Kodak pictures consistently were very noisy. The compression made the pictures worthless except as a snapshot. This included pictures shot in sunlight on a black background - the black was filled with digital noise even though it was fully in the light. There were a number of reviews that pointed this noise problem out that I found _after_ I had bought the camera.

The Sony, even with lower resolution, took much better photographs. I wouldn't go back to Kodak. I was even hesitant about cameras that used Kodak chips when looking at reviews, for fear it was the chip that made the camera so bad.

Canon gets excellent reviews and they look great in the picture tests. (I usually wander over to digital photography reviews once a month and drool.) I had been considering a few Sony's for my wishlist, but when I compared resolution, noise, size of raw format, etc. the Sony quickly dropped down in the list.

But as evilclown said - as long as the camera doesn't have garbage software and no way around the software - it's the person behind the camera. (And even with garbage if your good you can probably get some good stuff even with the noisy compression.)

tmarvin
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Posted Thu May 18, 2006 5:53AM
Canon makes their own sensors, which most other digital camera makers
do not, including Nikon. That's the main reason Canon cameras, both
p&s and DSLR, have better noise performance than the others.
shaun
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Posted Thu May 18, 2006 6:13AM

That's the main reason Canon cameras, both

p&s and DSLR, have better noise performance than the others


I dont agree.
subman
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Posted Thu May 18, 2006 7:19AM
Posted By evilclown:

That's the main reason Canon cameras, both


p&s and DSLR, have better noise performance than the others


I dont agree.

 

Only the D50, D70 and D100 is Sony, the rest are all made by Nikon by the way.

 

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RonTech2000
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Posted Thu May 18, 2006 8:57AM
I think Canon's choice of CMOS sensors is the main reason for their superior noise performance.  But Nikon's and Sony's CCD's for that matter are very good if used properly.  I believe Canon's success is a combination of having great product (making your own chips helps) and far and away the best marketing of any camera company.
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