Cheap MFT cameras are the most sold in Japan.

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Image source: BCNranking.

BCNranking disclosed the full camera sales rankings in Japan from January 1st til the December 24th. By watching the ranking there are multiple surprises. Of course, the first one is seeing that the Nikon J1 is actually on top of the ranking. As you see a good marketing sometimes works better than the camera “WOW” factor.  The bets selling Olympus and Panasonic MFT cameras are right behind the Nikon and these are all GF and E-PL entry level cameras. The more advanced E-M5 and GX1 models lag behind them and are even behind the Pentax Q! Hands-up if you ever thought the tiny Pentax would outsell the E-M5!

Of course the Japanese market is quite different from EU and US markets. But outside Japan we usually don’t get these kind of exact camera sales numbers. You only get purely unscientific rankings from Amazon. But they change hourly and often reflect current deals status:
US ranking (Click here).
DE ranking (Click here).
UK ranking (Click here).
FR ranking (Click here).

Anyway, this year is now over and 2013 will quite an important year for all camera makers. There is a complicated economic situation that will force plenty of companies (and I mean all worldwide companies) to take some drastic if not dramatic decisions. I hope we can recover from the troubling times we are having now.

I Wish You a Happy New Year!

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Panasonic doesn’t deny the possibility of a “big sensor” system. Would require to plan 5 years ahead.

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BCNranking (translation here) interviewed MR. Yoshiyuki Inoue from Panasonic. He didn’t deny that Panasonic is considering to create a camera system with larger sensors (no word if this would be APS-C or Full Frame). But to do this they would need to plan a lens road map at least five years ahead.

It’s not the first time Panasonic talks about the possibility of using bigger sensors. But this may be just simple talk and not a hint about a real plan…

 

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Olympus 40-150mm review at Photozone. 60mm macro at SLRgear.

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Image courtesy: Photozone

The Olympus 40-150mm has been tested by Photozone (Click here). The lens has no spectacular specs but “it is a quite good entry-level telephoto zoom lens. It may not be a cracker in terms of delivered resolution but it is no show-stopper either. The image quality is quite impressive in the low to mid portion of the zoom range. At 150mm it is somewhat weaker but not terribly so.
Welld odne Olympus…and now give us some f/2.8 Zuiko! :)

More new reviews:
Winterimpressionen – Sigma 19 mm F2.8 EX DN (PenAndTell).
Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 zoom at 100mm – GH3 EVF and Screen (Soundimagesplus).
Olympus 75mm f/1.8 compared to Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 at Soundimagesplus.
60mm macro test at SLRgear.
Lumix X 12-35mm f/2.8 sharpness evaluation (M43blogspot).

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(FT5) List of Panasonic compact cameras coming at CES.

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As I told you yesterday there will be new compact cameras only from both, Panasonic and Olympus. This is the list of the Panasonic cameras:

  • DMC-TS25 (In Japan, the FT Series)
    – 16.1MP sensor
    – 4x zoom
  • DMC-TS5 (In Japan, the FT Series)
    – 16.1MP sensor
    – 4.6 times zoom
  • DMC-XS1
    – 16.1MP sensor
    – 5 times zoom
  • DMC-ZS25 (In Japan, the TZ series)
    – 16.1MP sensor
    – Zoom 20 times
  • DMC-ZS30 in Japan (Japan (TZ series)
    – 18.2MP sensor
    – Zoom 20 times
  • DMC-LZ30
    16.1MP sensor
    35x zoom
  • DMC-SZ3
    – 16.1MP
    – 10x optical zoom
  • DMC-SZ9
    – 16.1MP
    – 10x optical zoom
  • DMC-F5
    – 14.1MP
    – 5 times zoom
  • DMC-FH10
    – 16.1MP
    – 5 times zoom

via Digicaminfo

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