Monthly Archives: October 2013

What Nikon Doesn’t Understand About Mirrorless (and DX) Customers

October 4, 2013

Nikon and Canon have not had much success in the smaller-sensor interchangeable lens camera market. The EOS-M is now heavily discounted and lackluster sales of the Nikon 1 system led the President of the imaging division to indicate that the company will focus on higher margin DSLRs in the future. Meanwhile, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, and others are launching well received smaller-sensor (micro four thirds (MFT) and APS-C) mirrorless cameras. Why the difference in outlook for the various firms? Continue reading

What Is a Disruptive Innovation?

October 3, 2013

The term “disruptive innovation” is often misunderstood. I frequently describe micro four-thirds (MFT) and mirror-less technologies as disruptive. Every time I write an article describing these developments as disruptive, I get many nasty responses telling me that these formats are not disruptive to the industry, the improvements are minor (or nonexistent), and I don’t know what I’m talking about, I am a moron, etc.  To clear up any confusion about the term disruptive innovation, I will define the term for those that are not familiar with the academic and mass market writings in this research stream. Continue reading