January 14, 2010
Posted in news

Japanese Top 3 brand for the year 2009!

BCNranking just published the market shares grouped by brand!

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Japanese Market share for compact cameras (non interchangeable lenses)

1 place (share) 2nd (share) 3rd (Shared)
2009 Canon (19.6%) Casio (18.6%) Panasonic (14.6%)
2008 Canon (18.3%) Casio (15.4%) Panasonic (15.2%)
2007 Canon (19.8%) Panasonic (16.1%) Sony (14.1%)
2006 Canon (21.0%) Casio (16.3%) Sony (15.2%)
2005 Canon (18.5%) Casio (14.7%) Panasonic (12.7%)

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Japanese Market share for cameras with interchangeable lenses

1 place (share) 2nd (share) 3rd (Shared)
2009 Canon (39.1%) Nikon (31.3%) Panasonic (8.7%)
2008 Canon (40.1%) Nikon (39.9%) Sony (9.2%)
2007 Nikon (43.8%) Canon (40.0%) Pentax (5.8%)
2006 Canon (44.6%) Nikon (33.6%) Pentax (9.2%)
2005 Canon (52.1%) Nikon (29.3%) Pentax (7.3%)

Thanks to MicroFourThirds Panasonic gained the third place! It is also interesting to see how much Nikon lost. I didn’t expect that.

January 14, 2010
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The Panasonic LX3 price check.

The Panasonic LX3 has been loved by many of us and was one of the first cameras that did not join the crazy Megapixel race. Bigger sensor and less Megapixels!

Now the price of the LX3 is falling more and more and I haven taken some time to make a price check-up.

USA:
- Adorama and BHphoto both do have it in Stock for $398.

Germany:
- Amazon has the LX3 in Stock. Interesting: in this case the black model (388,99 €
) is cheaper than the silver model (407,40 €).

- Pixmania has the black LX3 for 357,90 €

UK:
- Amazon UK has the black Panasonic LX3 for £319.63.
- Pixmania has the black Panasonic LX3 for £ 315

Spain:
- Pixmania has the black LX3 for 336,17 €

France:
- Amazon France has the LX3 in Stock for 349 €
- Pixmania France has the Panasonic LX3 for 363 €

January 13, 2010
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HOT! Panasonic G1 discontinued!

According to the official Panasonic japanese web site, the Panasonic DMC-G1 has been discontinued!

UPDATE: We already told you that a new MicroFourThirds camera should be announced at PMA by Panasonic. This maybe has to do something with the G1 beeing discontinued…

Thanks N.M. for the link!

P.S.: interesting, amazon just dropped the price of the black G1 model (which has been always more expensive than the red and blue models).

January 13, 2010

a little bit of everything…

A test with LEICA D SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH / OLYMPUS ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 SWD / OLYMPUS ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50mm F2.0 Macro

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The Panasonic GF1 seen from a Leica user perspective (source: lifetroughleica.com).
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EP1 vs Leica M8 picture resolution (source: getdpi)
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In case you missed it: Compatibilities of DMC-GF1, DMC-GH1 and DMC-G1 with different lenses (Source: Panasonic official website)
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Few Panasonic 45mm image shots (source: dpreview forum)
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Today Deals:
Amazon US: $100 price drop on that Olympus E-P1 Mega-package.
Amazon US: Still a big deal the Panasonic GH1 for under $1,250.
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January 13, 2010
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Panasonic GF1 Lens Mega-Review.

I just received this video from one of our readers. He made an amazing job by testing some very interesting lens! He also wrote me following text:
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Here is a video review of “most” of the lenses I currently own with the Panasonic DMC-GF1. I included all of the lenses that are reasonable to shoot with inside of a house. It has stills and videos of each lens and with each lens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7q9nP0fKB4

I also included MJPEG and AVCHD-lite samples and some samples using a video light on the GF1′s hot shoe.

Here is a synopsis of the review.

1. The legacy MF lenses are awesome for capturing low light videos. However, they are all very soft at full wide open aperture with the exception of the Nikon 50mm pancake. They tend to sharpen up between F2.0 and F2.8.

2. The m4/3s 14-45mm and 20mm produce very sharp pictures and videos. However, the 14-45mm videos get very dark at anything but F3.5. Therefore, it is only barely usable for video at full telephoto 14mm and wide open.

3. The video light really helps all of the lenses in low light. However, you can not use it to video a subject that can see. It will blind the subject even on the low setting.

4. The 50mm Nikon Pancake is by far and away the best bang for your buck. At $21 for the lens and less than $40 for the adapter it is an amazing deal. The 20mm + 50mm pancakes my an awesome combination.

5. AVC-HD lite is excellent for well lit scenes. However, the quality of the AVC-HD lite videos decreases drastically as ISO is increased. It struggles with compressing the noise because the noisy pixels are constantly changing. In these situations MJPEG might be a better choice if you are willing to tolerate a little more visible noise.

6. The S3-IS(Last Clip) produced surprisingly sharp video results considering it was only SD video. However, it had a tremendous amount of noise that detracts from the video quality greatly. It still was an excellent video camera when you consider how old it is.

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Thanks!

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