Wild speculations anout Canon and Nikon, ...or not?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by ThomasH, May 17, 2004.

  1. ThomasH

    ThomasH Guest

    Canon EOS-10D was said dead a while ago, but we still have not
    seen the fabled successor body from Canon. Looking for some more
    reliable news about newer developments I browsed through some
    Asian investor analysis sites. Approx. 3 weeks ago I stumbled
    across a message by AsiaPulse, which contained several interesting
    details about Canon's and Nikon's DSLR camera production boost
    and a few hints about what might be coming soon to the market!

    Both Canon and Nikon have a success with their low level DSLR.
    Canon shipped 600,000 of EOS-300 by the end of March 2004
    (8 months since launch) and Nikon 100,000 of D70 since their
    launch on March 19. Of course it appears that Nikon sells
    significantly more units per week since launch, but being so
    late after Canon they lag behind in total number of sold units.

    Most interesting hint is for me the news that Canon plans to release
    a "budget model priced at less than 100,000 yen in the near future."
    and 100,000 yen is approx. $1000. I am not sure if we can call a
    successor to EOS-10D a "budget model," but they obviously plan on
    releasing another digital body soon.


    TOKYO, Apr 21, 2004 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) -- Canon Inc. (TSE:7751) and
    Nikon Corp. (TSE:7731) are boosting production of their volume-sales SLR
    (single-lens reflex) digital cameras priced slightly above 100,000 yen

    Canon has raised monthly production of its EOS Kiss digital camera to 100,000
    units from 70,000.

    Production of the firm's mainstay SLR digital camera was launched in September
    2003, with the company's subsidiaries in Oita Prefecture and Taiwan making
    35,000 units a month each. Canon had shipped a total of around 600,000 units
    by the end of March.

    In addition, the company plans to expand its lineup of SLR digital cameras
    by launching a professional-use high-end model priced at around 550,000 yen
    on April 29 and a budget model priced at less than 100,000 yen in the near

    Canon hopes production hikes and new product additions will boost its annual
    SLR digital camera shipments from roughly 600,000 units in 2003 to about
    1.3 million units this year.

    Meanwhile, Nikon has decided to boost production of its volume-sales model
    D70 at its Thai subsidiary. The product was released on March 19 to compete
    against Canon's EOS Kiss, and as of the end of that month a total of 100,000
    units had been shipped.

    According to the Camera & Imaging Products Association, worldwide shipments
    of SLR digital cameras are forecast to grow 130 per cent to about 2 million
    units in 2004.

    (Nikkei) (C) 2004 Asia Pulse Pte Ltd
    ThomasH, May 17, 2004
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  2. ThomasH

    RSD99 Guest

    "Rumor on the street" is Canon will be doing something about the "high end" digital
    camera(s) in roughly September.

    FWIW and YMMV

    RSD99, May 17, 2004
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  3. ThomasH

    JR Guest

    I know for a FACT that Nikon will release a high end model within 4
    months. Insiders have already put their hands on it and seen output. I
    have heard D2x mentioned as well as a completely new camera...


    JR, May 17, 2004
  4. ThomasH

    ThomasH Guest

    well, this is a *real wild speculation*, unless, that is,
    unless you will present a reliable source of this information!

    ThomasH, May 17, 2004
  5. ThomasH

    Mark Roberts Guest

    That's kind of blindingly obvious even without any rumours! How long has
    the D1x been their top end DSLR?
    Mark Roberts, May 17, 2004
  6. ThomasH

    JR Guest

    2 people I know deep inside Nikon. No speculation, like I said, they
    held it, used it and saw images from it. One model is the D2x, and
    there is another completely new model. 10+ Meagpixels. Not 14, but
    above 10. Not full frame.


    JR, May 18, 2004
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