“Nikon 1” sells well in USA. What should Panasonic and Olympus learn?


I am surprised. I just checked the Amazon mirrorless camera ranking (Click here) and Nikon seems to sell their new J1 and V1 very well! Four cameras made it into the top 20 and I am trying to understand why Nikon is succeeding. One thing is sure, I saw massive advertising on European newspaper, tv’s and blogs. Something I never saw before. Nikon perfectly coordinated the launch of these cameras. It is certainly something not even comparable with what Panasonic and Olympus are doing. And another thing I noticed is that the Nikon cameras are in Stock less than one month after the announcement. If you look at the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens that has been announced in early June is still NOT in Stock in US stores than you can get an idea of how good Nikon’s (or how bad Panasonic’s) strategy is.

Let me know what you think:

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P.S.: These are the other Amazon rankings: Uk mirrolress, DE mirrorless, FR mirrorless., JP cameras. As you can see the Nikon sales are not as good as in the US!


(FT5) Sources explains why “The GX1 is much better than you think”.


Fake GX1 designed by our friends from Blog.livedoor

As you know a new Panasonic GX1 camera will be announced on November 8 in Japan. It has not a built-in viewfinder a la NEX-7 and not a brand new sensor (same sensor as the Panasonic G3. Two of my top sources had the chance to play with the new Panasonic GX1 camera. After reading your comments on 43rumors they contacted me to say that the camera is actually much better than “your readers do think”.

First: the Panasonic GX1 has a very sexy looking and very high quality body. It’s a camera that feels extremely robust and well in your hands. The quality of the buttons for example is higher than the buttons from the Panasonic GH2.
Second: Semi-pros that loved the Panasonic GF1 will like the new GX1. It is not a revolution but more a very well thought evolution of the GF1.
Third: The image quality beats every Panasonic camera to date. It has the same G3 sensor but also a new much improved processing engine. One of my soruces said that i his opinion this is the camera with the best image quality to date.

In summary, some of us may be disappointed to know that this is not a NEX-7 competitor with built.in viewfinder. But the sources are pretty sure that you will like the new camera anyway because it’s a real advanced and mature photographic tool.

I should soon get more details about the GX1. Feel free to help em to find rumors on the www. If you get some interesting news drop me a message at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the anonymous contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks! And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

P.S.: I asked one of the sources why Panasonic didn’t make a camera with a built-in viewfinder like the Panasonic LC1 (Click here to see that cam on ebay). His opinion is that Panasonic didn’t want to compete against his own Panasonic G3. If that opinion corrisponds to truth than Panasonic is making a huge mistake (that’s now my personal opinion!).


Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct


New Olympus E-P3 firmware.


Today all current E-P3 owners can upgrade to firmware version 1.1. It will bring following fixes:
1) The issue of the buttons not working when the Monitor (Touch screen) is touched while using the Electronic viewfinder has been resolved.
2) The issue of the AF target not displaying while using the Eye-Fi card has been resolved.

Firmware upgrade instruction: http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/camera/cameraupdate.cfm

The E-P3 is currently in Stock at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.


Photo competition by Olympus UK (and latest Olympus refurbished camera deals).


Ian Burley from Fourthirds-user.com kindly sent me this:
Dear 43rumors
I want to make sure that you don’t miss out on an opportunity to enter either (or both) the new photo competitions we are currently running in conjunction with Olympus UK and featured on our two Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds interest sites:.
The first is aimed at Olympus Pen and other Micro Four Thirds camera users using Olympus m.Zuiko lenses.You can find full details here:
The second is for Olympus E-System DSLR users and other Four Thirds DSLR photographers using Zuiko Digital lenses. Details are here:
Each competition has a top prize of £500 worth of Olympus camera gear of your choice. But even if you don’t get the big prize, you have a very good chance of receiving a copy of a limited edition photo book that will feature many of the images entered.
The competition closes at the end of the last day of this month, so there is no time to waste!
Good luck!
Ian Burley

And here are the very last refurbished Olympus camera and lens deals europeans can buy at Olympusmarket:
Olympus E-PL1 with double lens kit Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-450 with kit lens Olympus E-PL2 with double lens kit Olympus 17mm pancake White Olympus XZ-1 Black Olympus XZ-1 Olympus E-450 with double lens kit Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL2 with kit lens Olympus E-450 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus 14-150mm lens


US deals: Panasonic 20mm for $329 (and 45-175mm X lens at Amazon and BHphoto).


The most requested of all Micro Four Thirds lenses has seen a price drop at Vanns (now $329 Click here) and Amazon ($336 Click here). That price drop made jump the lens on first position at the Amazon mirrorless ranking sales (Click here).

The new X-lenses: The white 45-175mm X lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).The black version is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) only. The Black 14-42mm X lens is “temporarely out of Stock” at Amazon (Click here). The white 14-42mm X lens is in Stock via Japanese third party resellers on Amazon (Click here). But you have to pay an extra $150 for it.

Hot deal reminder: The Olympus E-P2 body is in Stock for $299 only at Amazon (Click here). That’s definitely one of the best deals I have ever seen.