canon eos kiss x7i

When it comes to finding camera sales facts and figures for individual brands it is quite difficult. Except when it comes to Japan. BCN publish weekly and monthly sales charts for both interchangeble lens and compact cameras in Japan. These figures come from retail sources about the actual cameras sold not just produced or shipped.

These figures give valuable insight as to which brands are leading the camera markets, at least in Japan. No sales figures are provided just the ranking of camera against camera. One snag with these rankings is that it treats the same camera in different kit forms as different cameras. So in the interchangeable lens camera rankings a single camera can have more than one listing. In effect a particular camera body could be the highest selling yet not be in the top spot. So we have to take that into account before listing the winners.

Top Ranking Brands for Dec 2015 - according to how many ranking places feature in the top 50
Interchangeable Lens Cameras
Brand Top 50 Entries
Canon 21
Nikon 14
Olympus 9
Sony 3
Panasonic 2
FujiFilm 1

These are the top ranking models. (US, EU)

Brand Model
Canon EOS Kiss X7i (Rebel T5i, 700D)
Canon EOS Kiss X7 (Rebel SL1, 100D)
Nikon D5500
Canon EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i, 750D)
Canon EOS M2
Nikon D5300
Nikon D3300
Olympus Pen Lite E-PL6
Nikon 1 J5
Canon EOS M3
Sony a6000
Panasonic Lumix GF7

For the compact cameras again there is a difficulty in highlighting the order because the same camera in different colors gets more than one listing. Also so many models are very similar. So these are the top selling compact cameras overlooking the color and minor differences.

Compact Cameras
Brand Top 50 Entries
Canon 13
Nikon 13
Casio 8
Sony 5
FujiFilm 4
Olympus 3
Ricoh 3
Panasonic 1

These are the top ranking models. (US, EU)

Brand Model
Canon IXY 160
Canon PowerShot SX710
Casio EXILIM EX-ZS190
Nikon Coolpix S2900
Canon IXY 640
Nikon Coolpix S3700
Nikon Coolpix S33
Canon PowerShot SX610
Olympus Stylus SH-2
Ricoh Theta S
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Nikon Coolpix S7000