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By Nishant Arora
The dream to acquire a full-frame mirrorless camera is gaining momentum among both entry-level and professional photographers in India and Japanese camera and digital imaging company Canon is optimistic to see sales being picked up well with the wedding and festival season around the corner.
According to Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India, since the company brought its first full-frame mirrorless camera EOS R to India last year and its lightest and smallest full-frame mirrorless camera EOS RP in February this year, the inquiries about both the cameras have grown multi-fold at its shops across the country.
“We could see that several professional photographers who used DSLRs with mirror have started to convert their thinking to acquire full-frame mirrorless devices.
“There is a rush of active inquiries at our shops on full-frame mirrorless cameras. I expect a good business to start from September onwards with the herald of wedding and festival season,” Kobayashi told IANS here in a free-wheeling interview.
The 30.3MP EOS R camera costs Rs 189,950 and with the EOS R kit (RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens), the price is Rs 278,945. The EOS RP camera starts at Rs 110,495 and with the EOS RP kit, the camera costs Rs 199,490.
“We are shifting focus from low to mid and high camera segment. Our camera business in India stays as it is at this point of time and I expect it to grow further in coming months,” said the Canon executive.
Excluding the impact of GST, Canon registered net growth of double digit (over 10 per cent) in the country last year. At present, the Japanese major is leading the DSLR segment in India.
According to Kobayashi, he is happy with the progress in the first half of the year across verticals – in both B2B and B2C – in the Indian market.
“Though a bit short of my original aim of double-digit growth this year, the company is still making a good progress on both B2B and B2C fronts,” he noted.
Canon India in June expanded its PIXMA G Series line-up with the new category launch of Monochrome Ink Tank Printer and two variants in the colour Ink Tank printers.
The new line-up features the popular integrated Ink Tank design, automatic two-sided printing, large paper feeding capacity, and full network compatibility, making them ideal for customers with high-print volume demands.
“Our foray into the ink tank category was a critical milestone to our printer business, which has led to a steady growth in our market share in the inkjet category. This has also led to the Consumer System Products division become one of the highest contributing businesses for us in India,” informed Kobayashi.
With an ultra-low printing cost of approximately eight paisa per print, the latest G series printers are equipped to reduce the cost of printing by almost 90 per cent, as compared to mono laser printers which costs approximately Rs two per print with original toners.
“I am optimistic that the launch will further enhance our presence in India, and increase our market share by 25 per cent in the ink tank category,” said Kobayashi, who has completed nearly eight years at Canon India.
He is bullish on the Indian market amid political stability in the country.
“Good news is that the Indian economy is greatly maintained owing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his initiatives like Digital India. It gives us all the reason to push the envelope in the country across verticals and develop user-friendly and cost-effective cameras and printers in years to come,” stressed Kobayashi. (IANS)
Refreshing its Digital Single Lens Mirrorless category of cameras, Panasonic India on Monday launched its rugged-design hybrid mirrorless camera — Lumix G95. The camera comes with a dual kit option — G95H (14-140mm, F3.5-5.6) and G95M Kit (12-60mm, F3.5- 5.6) for Rs 1,09,990 and Rs 94,990, respectively.
The high mobility camera with powerful 4K features and 9fps burst shooting speeds is aimed at addressing the needs of users looking for advanced picture quality, high operating performance and video functions for filming, YouTube and still photography.
“Scaling new heights of product innovation, the new Lumix G95 is a significant addition to Panasonic’s DSLM Lumix range for quality photography and videography. Designed to disrupt the DSLM segment, we see a huge potential for Lumix G series in India,” Sandeep Sehgal, Business Chief, Panasonic India, said in a statement.
With video output limited to 8-bit both internally and externally, the camera comes with the company’s “V-Log L” setting that offers exceptional flexibility and ease during post-production.
The camera also comes with a built-in headphone port, on top of the microphone input that makes it suitable for videographers, and YouTubers. (IANS)
For Tokyo-headquartered Nikon, there is immense potential in the full-frame mirrorless camera segment and the newly-launched “Z-series” line-up will be among its key growth drivers in India.
“Owing to the state-of-the-art features that our “Z” series offers, we are confident that we will achieve 30 per cent of our sales from mirrorless camera segment Year-on-Year (YoY) in the Indian market in the next two years,” Sajjan Kumar, Managing Director, Nikon India, told IANS in an interview.
For the $11 billion camera industry, mirrorless cameras have been a growth engine as compact camera shipments have fallen.
Globally, demand for DSLR cameras is expected to be outpaced by mirrorless cameras soon as the latter are equipped with advanced functionalities. Currently, Nikon and Sony are the leading players in the mirrorless camera segment.
Betting big on a market that is currently dominated by digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, Nikon believes that both categories — DSLR and full-frame mirrorless– are here to co-exist.
“We are confident that the DSLR and mirrorless category will co-exist. While we work towards expanding our mirrorless segment, we will retain our focus on DSLR as well,” Kumar noted.
The Japanese imaging giant launched its first line of mirrorless cameras in 2011.
“This is just the beginning. We are coming from a strength of acceptability as a brand, and as a product for consumers. The initial response from the consumers in India is amazing and also from the professional photographers’ point of view,” added Kumar.
However, he did not elaborate whether the company is contemplating to refresh the full-frame mirrorless segment in India anytime soon.
Nikon this week introduced its first full-frame mirrorless cameras — the mid-range Nikon Z6 and the high-range Nikon Z7 — in India.
The company also launched three “NIKKOR Z” lenses under its own brand NIKKOR, featuring a new mount that will enable a new dimension in optical performance.
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The imaging major is also planning to release a variety of new lenses that would expand its range of high-performance “NIKKOR Z” lenses.
Nikon Z7, that will cost Rs 2,69,950, will be available in the country starting September 27 while Nikon Z6 will be available in November at a price of Rs 1,69,950.
“The new cameras are designed to deliver a new standard of optical excellence,” said Kumar. (IANS)
Japanese camera maker Canon which has been a leader in the professional-grade DSLR camera segment for years on Friday brought its first full-frame mirrorless camera called EOS R to India.
The 30.3MP EOS R camera will cost Rs 189,950 and with the EOS R kit (RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens), the price will be Rs 278,945. The sale of the camera will start in mid-October, the company announced.
“Being one of the global leaders in the imaging space, Canon has always kept innovation at the forefront, enabling technology to compliment the art of photography. For over 30 years, the legendary EOS system has given photographers and filmmakers the benchmark for high-quality imagery,” said Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, Group Executive – ICB Products Group, Canon Inc.
For the $11 billion camera industry, mirrorless cameras have been a growth engine as digital/compact camera shipments have plummeted. Currently, Sony and Nikon are the leading players in the mirrorless camera segment.
Along with the camera, Canon also unveiled four new RF lenses, two super telephoto EF lenses and one prime EF-M lens. With the new EOS R, four types of RF mount adapters have been introduced to complete the EOS R ecosystem.
“With its exemplary features like the new RF mount, advanced dual pixel CMOS AF and 4K ultra high definition, it is a marvel designed to complement and expand the creative horizons of its users,” Mizoguchi added.
At present, the Japanese major is leading the DSLR segment in India and with the full frame mirrorless camera launch, the imaging player is all set to continue its leadership stride in the segment.
The EOS R features an electronic viewfinder. The camera is equipped with features like advanced Dual pixel CMOS AF, Digic 8 imaging processor, High density AF points positions, Multi-function slider bar, Flexible AE Mode and High speed data communication RF mount.
“India has played a key role in the growth journey of Canon’s imaging business and I am glad to be here today to witness the launch of the new EOS R system, or the future of imaging as we call it,” added Mizoguchi.
The RF lens mount is a balance of optical, mechanical and electronic engineering excellence, enabling innovative full-frame lens designs, faster auto focus and high-speed communication between the camera and lens.
The 54mm diameter RF mount is what makes EOS R unique with its short back-focus of 20mm and 12-pin contact points for enhanced communication between the lens and body.
“With this launch, users are being equipped with limitless possibilities, further pushing the boundaries of technology, innovation and design.
“We foresee the EOS R system contributing significantly to the growth of our imaging business in the country, enabling us to maintain our No. 1 share in the combined DSLR and mirrorless market,” emphasised Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO, Canon India.
The camera has Eye Detection AF which detects the subject’s pupil and ensures that the eyes are always in focus-retaining tack-sharp image.
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“The new Canon EOS R system comes equipped with the revolutionary 54mm mount, the latest DIGIC 8 processor and focus speed of 0.05 seconds, making it all set to further evolve the photography culture in the country,” said Eddie Udagawa, Vice President, Consumer Imaging and Information Centre, Canon India.
The company has sold 90 million EOS cameras and 130 million EF lens so far. (IANS)