Sony pushed Nikon from the #2 spot in U.S. full-frame interchangeable lens camera market, according to Sony


Today Sony issued a press release called "Sony overtakes #2 position in U.S. full-frame interchangeable lens camera market". Without saying it directly, Sony basically claims to have pushed Nikon from the #2 spot in the US for that segment. This should not surprise anyone given the mess Nikon is currently in. Sony has achieved a huge success in the past few years and nobody is denying that, but you have to keep in mind that we are talking about a specific market (US) and about a specific segment (full-frame interchangeable lens cameras). If you check the three footnotes on the press release, you will find out that this data was accumulated in the US from January 2017 - February 2017.

Here is a list of full-frame interchangeable lens cameras announced by Sony and Nikon in the past 4 years:

Sony:

  • 2016: 0
  • 2015: 2 (7S II, 7R II)
  • 2014: 2 (7 II, 7S)
  • 2013: 2 (7 R, 7)

Nikon:

  • 2016: 1 (D5)
  • 2015: 1 (D810A)
  • 2014: 3 (D750, D810, D4s)
  • 2013: 2 (Df, D610)

Nikon has not announced anything "for the masses" since 2014. The D5 and the D810A are very specialized cameras.

And also - Sony has a very good marketing department:

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