There is one bad news and two good news. First the bad news
1) The latest Olympus financial report (Click here to download the full .pdf) unveils that they are on course to make a 32 billion yen (£260m or $410m) loss for the year to 31 March 2012, as it reels from a £1.1 billion accounting cover-up (via Amateur Photographer). In the same period in 2011 they had a 756 million yen loss, in 2010 they had a 2.04-billion yen profit. This is really bad news but I guess soon a big company (Sony or Samsung or Fuji) will arrive with fresh money in order to solve the current financial troubles.
2) But there is also a good news: Olympus reported a 14.7% rise in digital camera sales over the nine months, reaching 94,557 million yen (£771m or $1216m) at 31 December 2011 (via Amateur Photographer). The operating loss fell by 50%. In summary, Olympus isn’t still making money with their camera division but they are now growing and Olympus predicts that results will be even better thanks to the third good news:
3) Looking to the future, Olympus pointed to the release of its OM-D E-M5 in late March, adding: “Several new compact models are scheduled for successive launches from spring, using same image processing technologies as micro SLRs [sic] for high sensitivity, low noise and fast autofocus.” (via AP)
UPDATE: A month ago a trusted sources told me that the Olympus XZ-1 successor will arrive in early summer.
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