Camera Manufacturers Have a Big Production Problem

The Camera Manufacturers Have a Big Production Problem

Today’s camera companies want to give the impression that camera sales are strong and that photography is becoming more popular. While that might be the case, it obscures a much more serious issue that isn’t getting enough attention.

Firmware is where it all begins, as are the numerous complaints customers have been making to camera makers for years.

But now more than ever, there is a compelling reason for camera manufacturers to deal with this enormous issue.

There’s Too Much Supply

Right now, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, OM System, and Leica are facing a challenge because they produced far too many cameras. We should really talk about this in-depth:

  • Despite the Mk II’s release, Canon still has the Canon EOS R6 in stock. Fortunately, they occasionally update the firmware for it.
  • Almost every camera from the Sony a7 II is still for sale, according to Sony. Yet they have long since stopped providing firmware updates for those cameras.
  • The EM1 series and other products are still available from OM System. For cameras like those, there aren’t many, if any, firmware updates.
  • Except for the last few years, Leica hasn’t really been big on firmware updates. Older stores primarily still carry the Leica M10R along with a few other cameras. For these recent cameras, firmware updates are not always accessible.
  • The S5 and a few other cameras from Panasonic are still available in stores.

Large sales pushes have been made by companies like Nikon and Fujifilm. Before mentioning some of the more well-known retailers, I had to make sure the Fujifilm XT4 wasn’t currently on hand. Since the release of the XH1, however, Fujifilm has made a significant effort to boost sales of its products as they are phased out. Additionally, Canon has historically placed a strong emphasis on this.

And this year, I’m hoping that all the brands will drastically reduce their prices around Black Friday or even earlier to get those cameras into consumers’ hands.

What to Do About It

So what am I trying to say? Well, there is a significant issue. Although it is clear that sales of cameras aren’t particularly strong, brands continue to produce new models in place of their current ones. Additionally, there aren’t any compelling sales campaigns to entice customers to purchase the newer (older) cameras.

To that end, cameras like the Sony a7 II remain on the shelf unpurchased and unsupported by firmware updates.

Why then would someone purchase a brand-new, no longer manufactured camera? Why isn’t the price drastically reduced? How come those cameras don’t receive firmware updates if the price is kept high? Of course, Sony and the other businesses have already benefited financially from those cameras.

Since the Sony a7 II is still on hand in stores as brand new inventory, it’s entirely possible that we’ll see a Sony a7 V.

In the end, I’m trying to say that two things must occur. Either the camera manufacturers need to significantly reduce the prices of their no longer manufactured, but brand-new, cameras, or they need to reintroduce support for their older models in order to increase sales. Since so many cameras are similar and offered at competitive price points, these brands have experienced significant difficulties in trying to sell them.

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Source: thephoblographer

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