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Japan Most Popular DSLR Camera Sales Ranking July 5 Week - #2 Olympus PEN E-P1

2009-07-09 18:40
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Olympus is celebrating 50 years since the 1959 launch of its ground-breaking PEN 35mm film camera - the first affordable, consumer portable camera and one that Olympus believes was a ground-breaking launch. It is indeed truly ground-breaking. Based on the original 1959 design, Olympus began shipping the 12.3MP Olympus PEN E-P1 in Japan on July 3 and it quickly rise to a number 2 sales ranking position within a few days over the July 4 weekend, getting a total of 19.1% of sales share in Japan. Such strong sales of the E-P1 also push down the ranking of the #3 EOS Kiss X2 (aka Rebel XSi & 450D) down to #5 position. Together with Pentax K-7, they pushed both the #9 Sony DSLR-A300 and the #10 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 out of the top 10 ranking. There is only a small 1.4% gap before it reaches the #1 position beating the popular Canon EOS Kiss X3 (aka Rebel T1i & 500D) model, which already took the #1 spot for 2 consecutive weeks. The PEN E-P1 is currently selling at $799 featuring a  4/3-inch type, 12.3-megapixel high speed Live MOS Sensor and a newly developed TruePic V image processing engine to provide high quality still images.

Rank Maker DSLR Model Launch Date Megapixels Sales Share
1 Canon EOS Kiss X3 (aka Rebel T1i & 500D) 3/25/2009 15.1 20.7%
2 Olympus PEN E-P1 6/16/2009 12.3 19.3%
3 Canon D90 8/27/2008 12.3 8.5%
4 Nikon D5000 4/14/2009 12.3 7.5%
5 Canon EOS Kiss X2 (aka Rebel Xsi  450D) 1/24/2008 12.2 6.5%
6 Nikon D40 11/16/2006 6.1 4.4%
7 Panasonic Lumix G1 9/12/2008 12.1 4.0%
8 Nikon  D60 1/29/2008 10.2 2.7%
9 Canon EOS 50D 8/26/2008 15.1 2.6%
10 Pentax K-7 5/20/2009 14.6 2.5%
Source: BCN Ranking data for the week of June 29 - July 5

The Canon EOS Kiss X3 (aka Rebel T1i & 500D) sits comfortably on the #1 spot, increased sales share from 16.8% last month to 20.7% this week. The camera is Canon mid-range DSLR that can support 1080p HD video footage at 20fps and 720p video at a smoother 30fps, all while carrying a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor that offers a boosted ISO of up to 12,800. It is the second Canon DSLR to offer video recording after the professional 5D Mark II model. The lowest price for the Rebel T1i camera is around  $729.

Another new addition to the top 10 ranking is #10 Pentax K-7. It began sales in Japan the same week as E-P1. The Pentax K-7, currently priced at $1,299, was announced on May 19, 2009 and comes with a 14.6 megapixel sensor shift image stabilizer, 720p/1080i HD video recording, magnesium/steel alloy body, 3 inch LCD, 1/8000th shutter speed, dust removal system, HDMI output, dedicated ISO button, distortion and chromatic aberration correction, adjustable dynamic range highlight and shadow correction, and 3-shot in-camera HDR capture.


Analyzing the top 10 ranking from BCN, the total sales share of Canon among the top 10 is 38.3%, an increase from 30.5% in June, took the #1 position from Nikon being the largest total sales share in Japan. Nikon dropped significantly from 32.1% share down to 14.6% in #3 position. With just one camera model E-P1, Olympus is now occupying #2 position at 19.3% of sales share. Panasonic is the distant fourth at 4% and Pentax is last at 2.5%.

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Olympus E-P1 Camera Reviews Roundup

PhotographicCentral - Feb 14 2012
"For now, the E-P1 fits a solid niche in my photography. It's image quality is about a stop or two better than the best fixed lens compact cameras I've used, and it's not that much larger when using the kit lens or smaller lenses. I found very little to complain about with the E-P1 my second go (with much more extensive hands on) around with it. Simply state..." More »
Not Rated
PhotoZone - Nov 22 2009
"Finally Olympus released their first micro-four-thirds digital camera styled in the retro design of the classic Olympus PEN - a highly successful series of half frame cameras in the 60ies. Obviously they feel that the time is about right for such dwarfish, rock solid cameras and they may be right. The E-P1 inherited most of its technologies from the "n..." More »
64out of 100
Camera Labs - Nov 02 2009
"...there are some disappointments such as relatively slow focusing, a screen with average resolution and the absence of a built-in flash and viewfinder, not to mention a relatively high price for which you could buy a fairly decent DSLR which addressed all these concerns. But of course the thing which makes the E-P1 special is its size. It may be bigger tha..." More »
83out of 100
PhotographyBay - Aug 27 2009
"As noted earlier, I have seen other sites review the Olympus E-P1 and give boisterous recommendations to readers.  I said before that I have had a hard time figuring out who this camera is for - I am still unsure.  I've read that photo geeks are all about it; however, I think most photo geeks would really miss some the crucial functionality that w..." More »
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