Graph courtesy: Personal View.
– Small increase in shipments for both DSLR and Mirrorless. But the results could be a influenced by the fact that Japan will soon increase the VAT on all products. So Japanese internal market shipment increase may not be a constant factor.
– The bad news is even with the small increase the situation is quite worse compared to previous years:
– Mirrorless is still not doing well in American and European markets. It’s mainly Asia that loves them :)
In summary: The next 2-3 years we will see who will survive this crisis. There are so many challenges I think no one really know’s with 10% certainty what needs to be done to make money with system cameras. And there is the fact that new kind of photo devices are coming out every year, Not only smartphones and tablets but now we will have Google Glass and other super portable and “always connected” stuff.
Double deals for European readers today:
First: The E-PM2 is on Gold Box in Germany (via DL).
Second: Plenty of refurbished E-M1 cameras for sale at Olympusmarket. Here is the list:
E-M1 with external flash E-M1 with 12-40mm lens E-M1 with external flash E-M1 with external flash E-M1 with external flash E-M1 with external flash Silver E-M5 body Black E-M5 with 12-40mm lens
GH4 4K short film “Dalia’s Dream” – Behind the scenes
So far there is only one chance for EU and Asian readers to grab the GH4. You can buy it at Digitalrev (Click here) and Personal View (Click here). And Panasonic just released the first GH4 short film named “Dalia’s Dream”. On top you can watch the behind the scenes and here the original shortfilm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1S1BJw9nuo. There is also An interview with Matt Frazer, Field Training Manager at Panasonic about the new GH4 4K camera by Collective Minds Media. And CameraLabs posted some image samples.
Meantime first lucky owners are sharing their hands-on videos:
Panasonic GH4 4K Unboxing and Video Test / Footage by TheProConsumer
My first 4K footage is CATS! Unboxing PANASONIC GH4 by Griffin Hammond
Panasonic GH4 – Unboxing and Slow Motion Test (96fps @ 1080) by Gear Addix
North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998
Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
This is the next great US deal! You can grab the E-PM2 with kit lens for $249 only at Newsegg (Click here).
Meantime first GH4 preorders are shipping and therefore the camera is climbing the DSLR ranking at Amazon US (Click here). Yes right, DSLR and not mirrorless! Panasonic wants to market the camera as DSLR in USA because mirrorless isn’t popular there.