There’s an age old debate over which of the major camera manufacturer—in this case, Nikon and Canon—best represents the needs and desires of the individual photographer. It seems as though each of the companies has a strong and dedicated following that’s ready to defend their brand at a moment’s notice. While the real answer to which is best is just as subjective as the art created with the camera, this infographic may help shed some light on the history of Canon’s and Nikon’s growth:
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 SLRs 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.