Panasonic may sell its Sanyo digital camera business.

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Reuters reports that “Panasonic may sell its Sanyo digital camera business to Japanese private equity fund Advantage Partners by the end of March
What I didn’t know til today is that “Advantage Partners” already makes cameras for other companies including Olympus. This should not have any influence on the Micro Four Thirds strategy. What Panasonic is selling is the unprofitable compact camera and video camera business acquired two years ago from Sanyo. As Reuters writes: “Sales of compact digital cameras are under pressure from increasingly powerful smartphones.

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GH3 to ship in January in US (and new US deals roundup).

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As you know Panasonic Japan announced a short two weeks shipment delay. And the GH3 shipment status at Amazon (Click here) has been modified and it says it will ship in January. Some bodies are available in Canada on eBay (via Slidoo) and in UK (via eBay again), Wex UK and Wex DE.

And here are some new US deals:
E-P3 with kit lens for $499 at Adorama (Click here).
Save $100 on the 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R Lens when purchased along the E-M5 at BHphoto (Click here).
$50 price drop on the XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Olympus 75-300mm at Amazon (Click here).

Ongoing US deals:
GH2 body for $499 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
-$50 on the E-M5 body only at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto (Click on store names to open the page).
-$50 on the E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
-$100 on the E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
-$100 on all E-PL5 kits at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
-$100 on all E-PM2 kits at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

 

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Olympus 17mm f/1.8 shipping in Asia. And some info directly from the lens designers!

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First unboxing pics have been posted at Mobile01. Click on the green links to open the images. And Olympus OMD facebook posted the text from Planning Manager Eiji Shirota and Development Leader Kazuya Nishimura. Both developed the 17mm lens. They say: “Although a large front element may provide an attractive exterior appearance for a lens, we decided on an efficient aspherical front element which minimizes thickness and diameter, helping us achieve the compact size of the M.ZUIKO DIGITIAL 17mm F1.8 lens while providing extraordinary picture quality. We urge you to confirm this image quality with your very own eyes.” As you know this lens left some mixed feelings on reviewers like Ming Thein, Robin Wong and Pekka Potka. Hmmm….does it really have an extraordinary picture quality??? A good lens it is…but extraordinary probably nope :)

Shipping status: The lens will ship on Dec. 20th at Amazon Japan. It’s still uncertain when the lens will be available in US and EU. BHphoto removed the shipping date (which was mid December) and Amazon US even doens’t even list the lens. The new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens can now be preordered at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon DE.

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(FT4) First hints about a possible Olympus announcement…

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If the rumors is correct than Olympus will make my new job as father very difficult :)

I just heard from one source that Olympus will announce “something” in early January. Exactly the time when I am supposed to become father for the first time. That will be a head to head run between my private life and Olympus :)

I may ask some other sources if they got hints about a possible Olympus announcement? It may helps me to organize the work on 43rumors too. My colleagues from the other rumor websites will help me out in the days I will be off. Just send me an anonymous message by using the sharing contact form you see on the very right of your browser or contact me directly at 43rumors@gmail.com.

So what could Olympus announce? I got hints about one new lens. Than there is a rumor about a new OMD model. And we have that completely new PEN. Actually I heard the new PEN is scheduled for a release in February-March. Will try to give you some reliable info as soon as I can. One thing is 99% sure. At CES we always had new compact cameras which we usually don’t care a lot about :)

P.S.: Panasonic G5 and GF5 successor are scheduled for a later release AFTER Ces.

For UK readers: New Lightning deal on the E-m5 at Amazon UK (Click here).

Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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New 43rumors theme update!

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We finally managed to make a small update on the 43rumors theme. Right in time before Christmas and before my baby will keep me away from 43rumors for a few days :)

So what changed?
1) We reduced the width of the website to allow a better reading experience on tablets. The latest comments and related posts can now be seen on the bottom of each article. Twitter and Facebook like and retweet buttons are on top of the main title. And surfing on the iPhone and Android cellulars shoudl also work flawlessly.
2) The contact form to Share rumors and news is now smaller and attached on the border of your browser.
3) Top Links to Fuji rumors and Slidoo have been added. Fujirumors is actually written by my close friend Patrick. He writes in a completely different style than me and has a more journalistic (and complete) style.

Some more hints about MirrorlessRumors and Slidoo:
If the baby permits it I will for the first time realize a long (very long) dream of mine. Mirrorlessrumors will become a completely new website. It should become a place where we can collectively write news and share stories realized with our mirrorless cameras. It is the “story” part that drives me to make the change. In these years I met many good filmmakers and photographers doing great work with mirrorless cameras. That should hopefully become the place where we can share this experience. That idea of a website is also much closer to what I really am. It will be a long work and as soon as the website will be online I will need your help to make it better any day.

Make it better any day is also the slogan for Slidoo.com. The ebay search and notification tool that will soon be extended to amazon. Keep in mind that this is an officially approved ebay APP. We have 100% full access. In these weeks we did a lot of bug fix work on the notification part and added some small features (like the markings on newly added products). One of the major new features will be the category addition (coming in January). For the full presentation of the website read that article on 43rumors.

So that’s it. Now let me take a few hours of sleep before I go back on rumor work. Want to see if that E-M5 firmware update is really coming this week! :)

 

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