Looks like the warmed over Rebel is still holding it's own though.\n\n[URL]http://www.photomarketing.com/dailynews/nl_default.htm[/URL]\n\nNikon secures top position in the Japanese DSLR market\n\nNikon Corp., Tokyo, Japan, grabbed the top position in the Japanese\nDSLR market in December with a market share of 47 percent, thanks to\nstrong sales of D80 and the new D40, according to the latest report by\nBCN. BCN is a market research firm constantly monitoring POS data from\n2,680 stores operated by 23 contracted major retailing companies.\n\nCanon Inc. gave up the lead to Nikon with a market share of 35\npercent. Pentax and Sony followed with a market share of 10 percent\nand 6 percent, respectively. Canon was the constant leader in the\nJapanese DSLR market, for example with a market share of 45 percent in\nJuly and 48 percent in September last year, followed by Nikon (37\npercent in July and 33 percent in September) and Pentax (10 percent in\nJuly and 8 percent in September).\n\nIn terms of by-model share, however, Canon's Digital Kiss X (digital\nRebel XTi) kept the top spot for 13 weeks consecutively with a 27.3\npercent market share in December, followed by Nikon's D80 (16.3\npercent), D40 (15.5 percent) and D200 (9.1 percent), reports JPEA\nInternational PEN News Weekly.\n\nMany industry watchers were skeptical when Nikon announced the D40,\nsaying it would be difficult for Nikon to sell as it hoped in the\nmarket where DSLRs featuring 10-megapixel or more pixel counts are the\nmainstream. Contrary to the popular belief, however, the D40\napparently made a good start in the Japanese market, reports PEN News\nWeekly.