Olympus is the leader on the Japanese mirrorless market.

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BCN Inc., has released the ranking and market share of the top three companies “BCN AWARD 2013” annual sales. Here are the winners of the digital video and camera market:

Digital camera (integrated lens)
Canon 17.6
Sony Corporation 16.5
Nikon Corporation 14.1
Digital camera (SLR)
Canon 52.7
Nikon Corporation 35.1
Sony Corporation 7.1
Digital camera (SLR mirror-less)
Olympus 29.8
Panasonic 23.3
Sony Corporation 20.1
Digital video camera
Sony Corporation 40.2
Panasonic 24.8
JVC Kenwood 18.2

These are the market shares based on the camera sales number of 2012. There is no such report available in any EU or US market :(

Amazon ranking (just ro see what’s hot in EU and US):
US ranking (Click here).
DE ranking (Click here).
UK ranking (Click here).
FR ranking (Click here).

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The fear is back: New GH3 delay in USA? X zoom deals.

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BHphoto (Click here) just changed the status of the GH3 delivery from “January 30th” shipment to “backordered“. And our reader Josh just told us that “B&H said the GH3s are being being delayed again!“. Anyway, there is nothing official yet. But it’s annoying to get no clear feedback from Panasonic (or to be precise from the store managers selling the GH3).

And here are some new X zoom deals including an extraordinary EU rebate:
$1,056.00 for the 12-35mm X at Amazon (Click here). and for an incredible low 749 Euro price at FotoHansKeuzeKamp.
$1,299.00 for the 35-100mm X at Amazon (Click here).

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E-M5 and XZ-2 win IFA designer award. E-M5 deal reminder.

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The E-M5 collects one award after another. Now it even earned the prize for the best camera design at IFA AWARD (Source: Olympus UK). And also the XZ-2 won an award for the best compact camera design.

P.S.: Don’t forget that you can save up to $100 on Olympus Digital Cameras including the E-M5 (Check the amazon deal description). In Europe thirteen ref. E-M5 in Stock at Olympusmarket.

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Panasonic interview: “we are developing lenses for sport photographers”

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There is a new Panasonic interview at Imaging Resource (Click here) with Mr Darin Pepple, senior marketing manager at Panasonic. There is a lot of talk about WiFi and mobile integration but also some talk about MFT. Here are some highlights:

1) Mr. Pepple says that “we’re seeing a lot of professional photographers who are in the wedding and event fields making the transition to video. In fact, in an upcoming trade event, you will see us present several photographers who are showcasing their ideas on how a traditional photographer can make use of video as part of their workflow.

2) Interesting: The GH2 and a lot of the hacks that you saw coming into the GH2 inspired Panasonic to do more.

3) Panasonic clearly underlines the advantages of contrast af that is far more reliable and accurate than phase detection AF. And Panasonic says that on sensor Phase detection is “really more of just a software trick.

4) About the development of a new bigger sensor mirrorless system he answers: “I don’t think we’re going to do that.

5) And finally a real new “rumor”. Mr. Pepple says that “a 300mm f/2.8 or even a 600mm f/2.8 would be a great thing to have. We don’t have that yet. So, at f/2.8 we go to up to about 100mm and that’s the limit for us. We’ve got some development to do in the optics to make the sports photographers interested.

6) There are also some interesting considerations about how to market Panasonic mirrorless cameras. They are no more trying to advertise the general “mirrorless” concept, they are now more and more focusing on advertisign the top features of the camera. That’s the right approach I think.

It’s a really interesting interview I invite you to read in full at Imaging Resource!

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Panasonic GF5 fading out from US stores. Successor to be announced soon.

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The Panasonic GF5 X is now no more available at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here). There are still a few left in Stock with the 14-42mm (non X) lens. I have no final specs of the GF5 successor but I have been told it is a minor upgrade and nothing super exiting. The new successor won’t be smaller than the current GF5.  It will be interesting to see if Panasonic will also launch a fixed lens RX100 competitor later this year. That camera will be the smallest camera with FT sensor ever made to date.

That said the current GF5 can be found for a very good price ($449) with X lens and new on eBay US in Black (Click here) and White (Click here).To get notified on further eBay US price drop login and save this search on Slidoo (Click here). And here is the link for the Slidoo Europe search (you can change country in your settings).

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