Mirrorless sales in EU and USA doing pretty bad.

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Vitaly from Personal View (Click here) analyzed the CIPA data (pdf here). He highlighted in red where the sales shrinked and in green where there was a growth. As you can see oversea sales (means outside Japan) shrinked in all camera segments (from compact camera to DSLR to mirrorless). And mirrorless sales are doing worse than DSLR.

Europe: Almost half of cameras were sold compared to the previous period. While the DSLR sales had a minus 10% only.
USA:  Around 30% less mirrorless cameras sold while DSLR had a negligible 3-4% loss only.

Question: Is the mirrorless hype over? What has to be done to bring mirrorless cameras back to success?

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$75 on the special E-M5, E-PL5 and E-PM2 kits.

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Olympus is not only running the discount on their “normal” cameras and lenses. Also their three special kits got a $75 discount. Note that the E-PL5 and E-Pm2 kits have exactly the same price as the Normal camera+lens kits. So grab the superkits instead!

Olympus E-M5 with 17mm f/1.8 Silver kit with metal hood and metal lens cap at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus E-PL5 with 14-42mm lens, case, mini tripod, and memory card at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus E-PM2 with 14-42mm lens, case, mini tripod, and memory card at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

The full Olympus deal pages at BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Amazon (here the cameras and here the lenses).

All new deals of the day (EU and US) at DealsRunner.com.

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Rumors from others: Samsung goes Android, Sony makes new RX and Fuji X100s gets water damaged.

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There will be no new MFT announcement this month. But the compettiton isn’t standing still and we will see many new cameras in the two coming weeks:

Samsung:
Samsung will launch the Galaxy NX camera with Android OS on June 20. (more info at MirrorlessRumors).

Sony:
Sony will launch two new RX cameras, the RX1R and RX100MII. (more info at MirrorlessRumors).

Fuji:
Fuji will announce a new entry level X camera. But they better be sure to take care of their shipments because the latest Fuji X100s US shipment got water damaged :) (more info at MirrorlessRumors).

 

Reminder: The big Olympus and Panasonic camera and lens release are expected by late August and early September.

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Panasonic 45-175mm X lens for $209. 45-200mm for $174.

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If you need a cheap tele zoom than you may grab these just discounted Panasonic zooms:
The 45-175mm X zoom sells for $209 at Amazon (Click here). Yes, that’s a $90 price drop compared to the already good previous price. It still sells for close $400 in other big US stores ($362 at BH).
The 45-200mm which now sells for $174 at Amazon (Click here). You can also get the zoom lens for less if you buy it along the G5 kit (Click here).

All today new deals can be found at DealsRunner.com.

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Patents: Panasonic designs a cameraball. And Olympus the 40-200mm MFT lens.

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As you know the future of photography is changing. Smartphones and soon Google Glass, Watches and other uncommon devices will be the main tool for our daily photography. And what’s Panasonic vision of future cameras? A camera-ball :)
I don’t know why Panasonic is doing this, the patent is written in Japanese (Click here to download the PDF). Below you can the the section of the camera-ball. Would you walk around with a ball on your chest?

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Olympus patented a new MFT lens. It’s a 40-200mm lens with constant f/4.0 aperture (Source: Egami).

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