--Faint hope for Minolta DSLR? -new info - II

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Alan Browne, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    (yahoo minolta group posting)
    From: "hi_mark_k" <[email protected]>
    Date: Tue Nov 11, 2003 5:11 am
    Subject: Re: Minolta Digital SLR next year

    Eventuall, an interview with Minolta Head in Japan by a local Chinese
    Newspaper confirms that a digital SLR will be launched next year.

    Here is the original article

    A translation from Frisky

    Strong DSLR competetor joins in. Konica Minolta claims that they
    will surpass Canon & Nikon.

    The number of professional and amatuer photographers are increasing
    rapidly, DSLR market is set to grow at phenominient rate, this
    year's production can expect to hit 1 million units. Looking at the
    great opportunity, Konica Minolta announced that they will be
    launching DSLR with exchangable lens system next year. CEO
    Yijuwenxion even claims that Konica Minolta will become the world's
    biggest supplier.

    Joining the battle

    Currently, Canon & Nikon are the market leaders of the DSLR market,
    but Konica Minolta's competitors are not limited to them, there are
    others like Pentax & Olympus etc.

    Canon has revise target 3 times.

    But according to Yijuwenxion, in traditional SLR market, Minolta has
    market share of 25%. Analyst thinks that he implied that Minolta's
    loyal customers will continue to use Minolta DSLR products to be
    lauched shortly.

    Shi Shou Shan, stock analyst from JP Morgan commented : the DSLR
    market is growing rapidly and would be sustained for several years,
    reaching new heights together with the overall digital camera
    market. He thinks that Konica Minolta has a good future in this
    market, and recommends investment in their stock.

    Canon points out that the sales of EOS Kiss Digital in Japan, and
    EOS Digital Rebel in US are better than expected and has up their
    shipment estimates of digital cameras 3 times.

    Fierce competition in the Digital camera market

    While the factories of 8 major Japanese cusumer electronic
    manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic are ramping up their
    production of digicam, some analyst are warning that the digicam
    market might rapidly reach saturation,

    as besides Japanese manufactuers, Eastern Kodak & Samsung are
    competing to increase their production.

    Canon has put 8 billion yen into building a new factory in japan,
    and is the most watched production expansion activity in the market.
    The factory is expected to enter production in 2006, and when that
    happens canon's yearly production figures will exploded to 20
    million units.

    Konica Minolta expect to increase their overall digicam market share
    from 5% to 15%; once this target is achieved, the companie's overall
    camera sales will increase 70%, reaching 200 billion yen.

    Actively developing china market

    Besides eyeing the digicam market, Konica Minolta is also making
    flim coating for LCD. Konica Minolta is also increasing its
    targeting of the china market, and plans to relocate digicam
    factroies there. Yijuwenxion estimates that revenue from China will
    increase to 100 billion yen by 2008, which is a 4 fold increase over
    last year's 26 billion yen. Konica Minolta's main revenue comes from
    oversea market, looking at 2002 pre merger financial reports,
    konica's oversea revenue accounts for 58%, and minolta's figures are
    higher at 83%.
    Alan Browne, Nov 11, 2003
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  2. I wonder if it will be based on the Maxxum 7 or 9?
    Bill Mcdonald in Joshua Tree.
    Olympus E-10, Olympus IS-3 DLX.
    Bill Mcdonald, Nov 12, 2003
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  3. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    I have the 9, great camera. The 7 has many improvements I would like to
    see in an upgraded 9 or a DSLR.
    Alan Browne, Nov 12, 2003
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