Digital camera forecast for 2014: Growth for Mirrorless and Premium compacts.

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The Photokina organizers had a meeting in Japan and DC.watch posted some of their slides. As you can see from these very interesting graphs the camera world is changing a lot! Not only do company have to face an economic crisis but there is also a change on the kind of devices used to take photographs. The graph do show us that:

– Non Pure Photographic devices are selling more while the classic camera sales are dropping
– DSLR sales will remain stable while there is a small growth expected from the mirrorless system camera sales for 2014.
– A small surprise is the huge increase of the premium compact camera market
– The compact camera market is dramatically shrinking

And there are still so many changes about to happen. For example how much impact on the camera market will devices like Google Glass have?

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(FT5) Quick update: E-P5 firmware coming on Thursday.

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Quick update on the E-P5 firmware update. I have been told that it will be released on Thursday. And also that focus peaking improvement will allow colour choice and rather than simply an outline of what is in focus, full coverage of the in focus item will display.

Thanks to the anonymous source for keeping me informed on that!

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a little bit of everything…

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Des Moines in Winter from Brian Keairns on Vimeo.

Brian (video on top): “This is video shot with a variety of MFT gear (GH3, GX7, GM1, EM5) in case this is of interest. Thanks! Des Moines in Winter https://vimeo.com/89809400

Freezing Time With Flash (Betterfamilyphotos).
Voigtlander Lens 25mm f/0.95 Version II (ePhotozine).
Lens options for the GH4 at Suggestionofmotion.
GM1 test by Hybridcams.
Leica 15mm image samples at Digineff.cz.
Panasonic Lumix GM1 – Le test (Hybridcams).
Olympus neergy saving EVF patent at Egami.

www.videodslr.pl – the largerst polish community of dslr (and large sensor camera) filmmakers published GH4 videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zuzXW663jI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smrQsrDqf6A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rJp1cvf6Q4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOuUG1ggBLY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asLTJJ53Q18
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J91VoIdss6A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY3NH_vuxY0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKoXpfENXdM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3lZdzO-uQY

Anonymous: These are the UK deals on the lower models:
– GM1 + 12-32 has £80 cash back (so goes from £569 to £489)
– GX7 + 14-42 kit you get the 20mm lens free! (£749 total)
– GX7 + 20mm kit you get the 12-32mm lens free! (£849 total)
so, you wouldn’t buy a GX7 body only at £689!!
Links:
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-panasonic-lumix-dmc-gx7-digital-camera-with-14-42mm-lens-black/p1541596
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-panasonic-lumix-dmc-gx7-digital-camera-with-20mm-lens-black/p1541600
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-panasonic-lumix-dmc-gm1-digital-camera-with-12-32mm-lens/p1544433
Also, the GM1 comes as a kit with the new Leica 15mm
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-panasonic-lumix-dmc-gm1-digital-camera-with-15mm-lens-black/p1551086

 

 

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Panasonic 45mm Macro for $383.

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The Panasonic-Leica 45mm macro lens sells for $383 at BeachAudio (Click here) and $403 via third party reseller at Amazon US (Click here).

And here are all other current US deals savings on Panasonic lenses:
$80.00 off on the Black Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (and 4% reward), Bhphoto (and 4% reward) and Panasonic US (Click here).
$80.00 off on the Silver Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (and 4% reward), Bhphoto (and 4% reward) and Panasonic US (Click here).
$200.00 off on the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (and 4% reward), Bhphoto (and 4% reward) and Panasonic US (Click here).
$50.00 off on the X Vario PZ 45-175mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (and 4% reward) and Bhphoto (and 4% reward).
$50.00 off on the X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (and 4% reward) and Panasonic US (Click here).

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Top lens info: Sigma 50mm ART lens matches the best Zeiss Otus.

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Sigma is one of the third-party lens companies making lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. And I guess you already know about their most recent “ART” lens series. Well, let’s hope they will make some new ART lens for MFT lens too because their recently released 50mm f/1.4 ART lens for DSLR mounts shows a quite impressing quality! SLRgear tested the lens (read here) and the Sigma manages to almost match the $4,000 Zeiss Otus performance:

While the Zeiss does show better performance in the corners at ƒ/1.4 on a full-frame camera, the other optical performance characteristics are pretty evenly matched.

The Sigma sells for DSLR system only ($949 at BH). But I hope Sigma will make a more compact designed version for the MFT system!

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