You didn’t see that coming: WSJ praises Olympus and blames Nikon strategy.


Today Nikon announced one of the most unexciting new cameras to date. A little updated D810 DSLR. But why should we care about that? Well read that:

WSJ is blaming Nikon’s strategy and praising Olympus! Here is what they write:

The market shows growth in just one category: “mirrorless” cameras. Nikon was among the last of major Japanese makers to release a mirrorless camera, and still offers only a handful of models. The company likely fears cannibalization of its high-end DSLRs, but its strategy seems not to be working. Nikon’s camera division, more than two-thirds of the company, posted a 9% revenue decline for the year through March.
Incoming chief executive Kazuo Ushida said the company plans to dive into medical equipment, in which it has no expertise…while rival Olympus is already a global leader in medical imaging, as well as in mirrorless cameras.

As we told you before Olympus “hopes” to reach a break even for the current fiscal year. The recent mirrorless worldwide market growth could help them to realize their goal.



a little bit of everything…


Funny video about “College Festival Magic” in Japan all filmed with the @OlympusUK OM-D E-M1!

An image stabilization patent from Olympus (Freepatentsonline).
Olympus SH-1 Review (Photographyblog).
Best lenses for the Olympus OM-D EM-10: Wide-angle primes and telephoto zooms (DxOmark).
Olympus Stylus SP-100EE Review (ePhotozine).
1st album of photos using the Panasonic FZ1000 online on Flickr.
Should you buy the YAGH for the Panasonic GH4? (Suggestionofmotion).

Collin:I am sending you a link to an image I made early this morning, with the now ancient E-M5, of noctilucent clouds. I hope you enjoy!

Heather:We recently wrote an article called ‘Mirrorless Cameras for Professional Work: Where they prevail & where they fail’. Mathieu investigates a number of points we feel all professionals should carefully consider before dropping the DSLR for a mirrorless system.


Ending today: Olympus E-M1 for $1,099 ($300 off!).


You have 24 hours left to grab the E-M1 for $1,099 only at trusted seller TheGamesArena on eBay (Click here). That’s $300 less than the current price at Amazon US. They also sell the E-P5 for $569 only (Click here).

Current Panasonic/Olympus/Sigma/SLRmagic US deals:
$100 off on the Leica Nocticron got a $100 off at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
$100 off on the Leica Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
$40 off on the Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux at Amazon US, Adorama and BHphoto.
Tamron MFT lens at Adorama in Black (Click here) and Silver (Click here) and at BHphoto in Black (Click here) and Silver (Click here).
$200 off on the Panasonic GX7 with kit lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
The Panasonic GX1 with 12-42mm X lens sells for $499 only at Amazon (Click here).
Preorders of the Handevsion 40mm f/0.85 lens at BHphoto (Click here) and German eBay Store (Click here).
$30 of on the 19mm f/2.8 ART at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$30 of on the 30mm f/2.8 ART at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 Hyperprime Cine Lens,II Micro Four Thirds (MFT) Mount at Adorama.
SLR Magic 17mm T1.6 Lens Micro Four Thirds Mount at Adorama.
$100 off on the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens at Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
Current Olympus deals can be seen at GetOlympus (Click here) and Amazon Olympus page (Click here).


Kodak PixPro S-1 image samples, manual download and price info ($499).


The Kodak S-1. Image courtesy: Soomal.

We have plenty of more news about the Kodak PixPro S-1 Micro Four Thirds camera:

1) The price for the camera is $499 (Source: Kodakcamera).
2) This is the manual (pdf download here).
3) Soomal (Click here) posted the first image samples taken with the Kodak camera.

Overall the $499 price is much higher than expected! For $300 you can buy the Olympus E-PM2 with lens at Amazon US (Click here). Are the extra $200 worth it? Dont think so…


(FT5) rumor correction: LX8 does NOT use the same FZ-1000 sensor.


Huh,  1-2 times per year it happens that sources and I do not understand us right :) This is one of these cases. A highly trusted source actually told me the LX8 will NOT. I repeat NOT use the same FZ1000 sensor! There was a miscommunication before the FZ1000 announcement and I didn’t understand the LX8 doesn’t use the same FZ1000 sensor.

Sorry, for the mistake, but communication with sources is let’s say…not always 100% clear :)


P.S.: Panasonic FZ-1000 preorders at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). In Europe at WexUK (Click here).

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