How does the Corona virus affect the digital camera market?
How does the Corona virus affect the digital camera market?

The spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19) had a major impact on the visual language, as professional photographers had to deal with many important events that were canceled or delayed, such as: b. Olympics, exhibitions such as Fotocena and delay in launching new products due to factory closings.

Before the virus became a global pandemic, the camera industry slowed down dramatically. The headquarters of most camera manufacturers in Japan are located in Japan, a country that has been affected by at least the temporary spread of the virus.

Many camera parts are manufactured in China, so there is a shortage of parts from Chinese suppliers for products made in Japan.

Several companies have also announced delays in launching the product, which were announced shortly before the spread of a coronavirus, such as the Nikon D6 DSLR.

To compensate for the loss in sales, many companies are developing medical supplies for photo cameras (such as Fuji and Canon). However, in the long run, halo viruses are expected to seriously affect these companies, especially due to the development of cameras. In recent years, sales of industry and smartphones have decreased a lot to offer.

Additionally, photographers who plan to purchase new cameras or lenses or need equipment repairs will experience delays. If not, camera manufacturers might be retailers, Amazon would prioritize charging essentials, and some companies such as B&H had temporarily closed stores.

How the spread of the corona virus affects large manufacturers of digital cameras:

1- Sony Corporation:
Sony manufactures camera sensors for many brands, including most smartphone manufacturers. Although sensor production continues, branded cameras have appeared on the market after its Malaysian plant was closed.

This could mean a delay in the release of the new Sony camera, although no details have been revealed, and its earnings are also expected to be affected by the slow growth in the smartphone market with Sony sensors. Sales were slow due to the closing of stores.

2- Nikon Corporation:
Nikon postponed the launch of the new Nikon D6 SLR digital camera and the launch of the Nikon 120-300mm / f2.8 lens, which is primarily aimed at sports photographers at the Tokyo Olympics.

When the virus spread to the United States, Nikon also had to close and shut down service centers. However, the company's support team was still able to receive the service by phone or email.

3 Canon:
Canon has not released an official statement officially announcing the expected delay of the camera. However, the report shows that the company's production capacity is declining and there should be a delay with the next camera without the EOS R5 mirrors.

Additionally, the Rebel T8i and RF 24-200mm lenses announced on February 13 have not yet determined the release date.

4- Fuji Corporation:
Fujifilm said that the X-T3 and X-T30 cameras may suffer production cuts, while the X-T4 camera may be available in April next year or later this year.

It also temporarily closed stores in New York and a service center in New Jersey. All support requests are available from customer service.

5 sigma
Sigma is one of the few companies that do all manufacturing in Japan. As a result, Sigma is affected by the restrictions imposed on the demand for spare parts and trying to obtain these parts from new suppliers.

Because of the mandatory closure in California and New York, Sigma closed all branches in the U.S. and suspended all transactions requiring shipping, including maintenance and new orders.


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