There is an age old debate over which of the major camera manufacturer–in this case, Nikon and Canon– best represent the needs and desires of the individual photographer. It seems as though each of the companies have a strong and dedicated following, most of whom are ready to defend their brand at a moments notice. While the real answer as to which is best is just as subjective as the art created with them, this infographic may help shed some light on the history of Canon’s and Nikon’s growth. Take a look:
According to the numbers found on the infographic (kindly provided by Digital Picture Zone), Canon has a rather commanding lead as far as sale of digital SLR’s are concerned. Canon claims 44.5% of worldwide sales, whereas Nikon commands 29.8% of all worldwide sales.
Canon, who also manufactures binoculars, rangefinders, and an assortment of other products owns a 19.6 share in global sales when figuring in all Canon products sold, not just their camera sales. The global IDC numbers from 2010 indicate that Nikon’s share in sales of all products sold is 6.7 billion. Among their line of digital cameras, Nikon is well known for manufacturing scanners, microscopes, and spotting scopes.
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