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January 14, 2014
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Olympus leads the mirrorless market in Japan. But Panasonic share drops.

BCNranking posted the market share numbers for 2013. As you can see from the graph on top Olympus still leads the mirrorless market although they lost 0.9% share compared to the previous year. Sony is now pretty close thanks to their A7-A7r cameras while Panasonic share dropped 9%!!!

I am curious to see what Panasonic will do to recover…


January 11, 2014
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a little bit of everything…

Panasonic 4K Cameras at CES.

Fast test of Pana 12-32 vs Oly 9-18 on both E-P5 and GM1 at Paleonature.
Panasonic’s first-person 4K camera debuts at CES, set for launch in late 2014 (Engadget).
Review: Olympus Stylus 1 Compact Premium Bridge (Digitalversus).
Panasonic GM1 review at Photoreview.
Olympus STYLUS 1 Review by Robin Wong.
The world’s first smooth focus controller released- V-Control Evolution (Aputure).
First Impressions: Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2 (ThePhoBlographer)
Can a m4/3 mirrorless system be a professional system? A personal view (Soundimagesplus).
More images of the new Kodak S-1 MFT camera at

January 10, 2014
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Did you notice it? No Olympus cameras at CES!

Full current list of still available Olympus compact camera can be seen at Amazon US (Click here).

I don’t know how many of you noticed it but Olympus is the only photo company that has not announced any new camera at CES. More important to know is that CES was usually the right event for the launch of consumer compact cameras. This is just one more sign that Olympus is dissociating from that kind of market (with the exception of ultra zooms or high-end compacts).

That said what really matters for us 43rumors readers is to know that right before the CP+ show in Yokohama (Start February 13) Olympus will announce the E-M10, the new 25mm f/1.8 and a new compact zoom lens :)

P.S.: Still, at CES Panasonic announced the Lumix ZS35K (preorder and specs here at Amazon) and Lumix SZ8K (preorder and specs here at Amazon) compact cameras.

January 9, 2014
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Panasonic shows the SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 card for the GH 4K camera!

Image courtesy: Photographybay.

PhotographyBay posted that video showing the new SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 card. PB says it “will offer a minimum write speed of 30MB/s (equivalent to 240Mbps). Accordingly, the new Speed Class 3 cards will accommodate the rumored 4K 200Mbps .mp4 capture.

Here is the video showing the card and the GH 4K:

January 8, 2014
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New Kodak MFT camera displayed at CES.

Cnet shared some pictures of the new Kodak MFT camera. And they also have the final specs:

The PixPro S-1 has decent specs, including a 16.8-megapixel sensor, 3-inch tilting 920,000-pixel display, Wi-Fi and 5fps continuous-shooting mode. It will ship with a slowish 12-45mm f3.5-6.3 collapsible lens; the collapsing mechanism looks a lot like Olympus’ original design for its 14-42mm lens, and the camera uses sensor-shift image stabilization like Olympus as well. There’s a second lens, a 42.5-160mm, as well as a spotting scope that may be part of a second bundle.

And JKImaging marketing director Austin Kazami shared some more thoughts at Amateur Photographer:

It is a CSC designed for a smartphone audience“…”In Japan, CSCs and DSLRs are treated as two totally separate markets unlike in Europe and the US“…”There will also be an 42.5-160mmmm, plus an 400mm fixed focal length lens.

ePhotozine published the official press text. This is the part concerning the new MFT camera:

Leveraging technical prowess and manufacturing excellence, the KODAK PIXPRO Camera line will introduce its first micro four thirds camera with the S-1. The S-1 is WiFi® enabled, boasts a 16MP BSI CMOS 4/3” sensor, a 3.0″ 920 articulating LCD, sensor shift OIS, 1080p 30fps H.264 FHD Video and lithium-ion battery. The S-1 is priced competitively at $499 MSRP for the entry-level single lens kit and $599 MSRP for a double lens kit and is perfect for the avid photographer looking for a high performance model in a slim and compact design.

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