Sony a7r III pre-orders not even close to the number of pre-orders the Nikon D850 got in the first 24 hours


After talking to several retailers, I was told that the number of Sony a7r III pre-orders in the first 24 hours is not even close to the number of Nikon D850 pre-orders generated on the first day. Of course this is not based on scientific data and it doesn't really mean much except that DSLR cameras are not going anywhere anytime soon. It's a shame that the Sony a7r III will probably be in stock before the Nikon D850 is.

The Nikon D850 DSLR camera is priced at $3,296, while the latest Sony a7r III mirrorless model is $100 cheaper - $3,198 (see also this comparison between both cameras).

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  • gf

    I don’t know where you get your data from, but I’ve looked at Amazon and B&H and in both cases the Sony A7rIII is higher on the list then the Nikon D850. (B&H Sony is top seller #1 Nikon is at 4th place after the Panasonic GH5 and the Canon 5D)
    At Amazon Sony is at #4 after 3 Canon cameras. The D850 is at #10….
    What camera is the best? Everybody has to decide for them self. It all depends on your needs…
    And I think it is great how Sony makes the mirrorless cameras better and better every time….
    At start mirrorless cameras were a very good toy, now they are up at the top, new photographers are using more and more mirrorless (not only Sony) DSLRs are loosing slowly market share. Existing photographers do not switch easily as they invested a lot in their system, not only the lenses, but also in learning the camera…. They often stay with their brand as long as possible, and that makes sense….

    • Amazon list is not an indication for anything – Google it and see for yourself. Also, as far as I know B&H doesn’t have top selling ranking, so you are looking probably at the wrong list or something made-up by some random website.

    • btw, you are looking at the wrong Amazon chart – under the digital camera category the new a7r3 is currently at the #13 spot:

      http://amzn.to/2gW7vKL

      this is at the #3 spot LOL:

      http://amzn.to/2ihjT51

      Do you see now how irrelevant the Amazon ranking is?

      • gf

        They are as relevant as any other photo shop….
        I used the Amazon best selling interchangeable lens cameras list, not the list with all digital cameras.
        Did you look where the NIKON d850 was on your list? When I looked it was at place #35….Sony A7rIII at #15
        And you forgot about B&H for the convenience didn’t you?

        • Do you understand that those listings always reflect the latest bump in pre-orders? Like when the D850 was announced, I am pretty sure it was in the top spot. You simply can’t compare a camera that was announced 2 years ago or 2 months ago with the camera that was just announced 2 days ago. Those tanking reflect just the latest orders placed on Amazon. Obviously not so many people ordered the D850 in the last 2 days because the camera was announced 3 months ago. This is a fact no matter if you believe it or not. Google it and see what other people have to say about it because obviously you have an issue with anything I have to say.

          • gf

            You are so wrong, when you look at the first mirrorless camera agfter Sony A7RIII it is the A6000, it is ant #17 in the digital camera sales list, you see also before the D850 and the A6000 is what? Almost 4 years old! Still at the top (#2 mirrorless camera)
            And No I have no trouble with what you have to say, I only show that your information might be wrrong, as you keep on ignoring that the A7III is the best selling camera at B&H too!
            And yes you can contribute it to the fact that it is a new camera, getting a lot of attention, etc. etc. And you are right, we have to see what happens when both of the cameras hit the shelfs in the stores…

            And as I said before, both cameras are great and will get a large group of people buying the cameras….

            • Every new camera gets to the top spots on Amazon right after it is announced and then it drops. I have been observing this pattern for 10 years. It’s not an indication of anything. I don’t understand why some websites still report it like it has any meaning. Having said that, this is the first time I am hearing about B&H top selling chart – can you please send me a link and I will research how they come up with the data – I have a few contacts at B&H. I have never seen such ranking. I agree that the latest Sony and Nikon models are both good cameras and I don’t think I have ever denied that. It’s a matter of preference. I cannot say this however for the previous a7 models – they all had too many disadvantages in my opinion.

            • for some reason I don’t see my last comment from 3 hours ago – it seems that disqus has trouble syncing again, so here it is again:

              Every new camera gets to the top spots on Amazon right after it is announced and then it drops. I have been observing this pattern for 10 years. It’s not an indication of anything. I don’t understand why some websites still report it like it has any meaning. Having said that, this is the first time I am hearing about B&H top selling chart – can you please send me a link and I will research how they come up with the data – I have a few contacts at B&H. I have never seen such ranking. I agree that the latest Sony and Nikon models are both good cameras and I don’t think I have ever denied that. It’s a matter of preference. I cannot say this however for the previous a7 models – they all had too many disadvantages in my opinion.

            • I googled B&H best selling camera and got this

              https://bhpho.to/2xEB8DB

              Is that the list you are talking about? I think it is obvious that there is no ranking in this list in order to make any valid conclusions.

  • Ric of The LBC

    Just want to add one more post to make this the #1 for October.

  • I agree, I just don’t understand why people (not you) keep bringing Amazon’s ranking to this discussion. My post was clearly just about the number of pre-order for the first 24 hours. I was not talking about total sales, I was not talking about which camera is better and in my post I even said this:

    “Of course this is not based on scientific data and it doesn’t really mean much”
    What we had here were 2-3 Sony trolls that ruined the entire discussion. That’s all.

    • RC Jenkins

      I think it’s just a quest to get data points without understanding the depths of complexity–which ends in misinterpretation of results.

      Amazon’s best sellers list is not a ranking of units sold. Instead, it’s an algorithmic conclusion that’s only partially based on units sold–mixed with many other variables.

      Over a fixed period of time, it could give a glimpse of relative performance, but without a large enough window, this is largely a useless measure. It’s true that the D810 has sold more than the D850. The D850 also sold more than the D810. Because this depends on the window of time I choose.

      Sure, the article is based on anecdotal surveys; but, the key here is “in the first 24 hours.” I think many people seem to miss these points.

      If all else is roughly equal, the D850 achieved a #5 best selling “Photography equipment” within its first 24 hours compared to a #20 for the A7Riii’s first 24 hours. That seems to align with your anecdotal evidence.

      • Yes, agree 100% – I had to repeat this over a dozen times in this discussion, some people don’t read the post, others have problems comprehending 3 sentences put together and others… well, they are just trolls – I have no logical explanation for their behavior, I just really hope they get paid for what they are doing, because otherwise what a miserable existence… to open multiple accounts in order to proof that you lack any comprehension skills. Like our president says “Sad” 🙂

  • Photoman

    That’s because it’s only been 6 months since the A9 came out.

    • Sox months since the a7r2?

  • OSCE-NYSE General

    Why? Because people don’t want a flimsy shutter failing, sensor banding, low battery life piece of junk Sony. Literally not ONE Alpha camera that has been released has been trouble free. From the A7 Mark I & II, to the A9, all suffer the same issues. Garbage shutter designs, useless UI, bad firmware, overheating, and sensor banding.

  • Gabriel

    so cute to see Nikon fanboys trying to cheer themselves up lol

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