Japan: These are the most sold cameras in 2013.

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BCNranking publsihed the exact Japanese camera sales number for the whole 2013. Mirrorless interchangeable camera market share is 40% (DSLR has therefore 60%). Within the Mirrorless world Olympus takes the lead with 29.1% followed by Sony 26.4%, 14.2%, Panasonic, Ricoh imaging 9.8%, 9.34% Nikon, Canon 9.25 percent.

That said the Olympus E-M1 and the Panasonic GX7 and Gm1 have come to market very late. And at least in USA the Olympus E-M1 seems to sell very well according to Amazon US ranking (click here to see the list).

P:S:: New Years deal: Plenty of Gold Box deals on Tripods ongoing right now at Amazon US.

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New Panasonic GF design spotted!

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Egami spotted a new Panasonic patent showing a Panasonic GF camera design. Actually it’s a real picture of the camera more than a design :)
As you see the camera is quite different from the previous GF models. I guess the new GF camera will be announced in Spring just like it did happen every year since the first GF camera introduction.

Just don’t know how much sense it keeps the GF series when you have a much smaller and better designed GM series. The only way to make the GF interesting is to offer it for an incredibly low price…

Here are more pictures:

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Reichmann from LL: “E-M1 is the camera of the year 2013”

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Like so many other websites also Michael Reichmann from Luminous Landscape chose the Olympus E-M1 as camera of the year 2013. He writes:

Simply put, the Olympus O-MD E-M1 is that company’s new flagship camera, and while not inexpensive, provides proof that Olympus is run by engineers and product marketing folks that actually understand the needs of photographers. Sadly, this is not something that one can say for all camera companies these days.

Good job Olympus. Now let’s see if the new E-M10 will be the next praised and well selling Olympus camera…

E-M1 Store Links:
Olympus E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto, Amazon DE (via DL), Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL), WexUK, Topshot FI, CameraWorldUK.
Olympus E-M1 with 12-40mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK and CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-50mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK, CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
E-M1 Hariz case in Black (Click here) or Brown (Click here).

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Panasonic sells 51% of three imaging sensor facilities.

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UPDATED: I don’t know what this could mean for the digital camera business future. But Panasonic just announced a new joint venture with TowerJazz (press text as pdf here). The key info here is that Panasonic sold 51% of three semiconductor manufacturing facilities to TowerJazz which now owns 51% of the new created joint venture company. Panasonic still keeps the 49%.

The transferred plants are from Hokuriku:

More info: Image-Sensor-World, Bloomberg.

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