July 22, 2010
Posted in news

Futuresource: Strong Growth for Interchangeable Lens Compact Cameras

Futuresource Press Release

Following the release of a Futuresource industry report earlier this month on the Western European market opportunity for Interchangeable Lens Compact Cameras, James Wells, consultant with Futuresource discusses some of the key issues surrounding this market.

“Since the end of 2008 when Panasonic launched the world’s first Interchangeable Lens Compact, Olympus, Samsung and Sony have introduced their own models into this segment. The market was still relatively small last year, with just 80,000 units shipped across Western Europe, compared with 3.2m DSLRs.

“Moving forward there are some factors that will limit growth for the Interchangeable Lens Compact market in the short to mid term, such as certain technological factors that influence camera performance and higher average retail prices compared to entry level DSLRs.

“Another big influence on growth will be whether Canon and Nikon – who currently dominate the wider interchangeable lens camera market – decide to launch an Interchangeable Lens Compact product. Makoto Kimura, Nikon’s president, recently confirmed Nikon will launch a new type of SLR as early as this fiscal year, saying it ‘may adopt the so-called mirrorless structure’. To date there has been no official word from Canon regarding its future plans for Interchangeable Lens Compacts.

“In the short-term, whilst we are expecting significant growth for the Interchangeable Lens Compact market, it will still only reach shipments of 377,000 units across Western Europe in 2010, compared to expectations of 3.3m units for DSLRs.

“Panasonic, Olympus, Sony and Samsung (with a 20% combined share of interchangeable lens camera shipments in 2009) are expected to promote this segment heavily in 2010, particularly at the Photokina show in September in the run up to the important fourth quarter period. The long term aim is to try to break Canon’s and Nikon’s stranglehold on the interchangeable lens camera market. Suffice to say this will be an interesting space to watch over the next two to three years.

Source: Photographyblog

July 22, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Panasonic 3 layer patent (like the Sigma Foveon sensor)

The japanese website Egami discovered a new Panasonic patent which discloses a “3 layer sensor” that works like the current Foveon sensor from Sigma (Click here to read more about the Foveon sensor on Wikipedia). The new sensor will improve the color reproduction and image sharpness. It also has Back-side Illumination. The Patent No.2010-153658 has been published 2010/07/08 and filled 2008/12/25. We don’t expect Panasonic to announce any camera with that new sensor in 2010.

Source: http://egami.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2010-07-19-english

P.S.: Sigma is the only manufactorer that released cameras with such a tecnology. But many others (like Canon) are “experimenting” with the three layer sensors.

July 22, 2010
Posted in deals

Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 fisheye for sale on eBay (worldwide shipping from Tokyo or Taipei)

You didn’t forget that Panasonic just announced the new 8mmm fisheye lens? As usual Asia (and in particular Japan) is the first that has the lens in Stock. Some of them are already on eBay (one of the auctions ends in 7d 4h 41m) -> Click here to check out all Panasonic 8mm fisheye auctions on eBay

For reference: Amazon.com has the Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 ED Fisheye Lens available for preorder (but it says “Usually ships within 1 to 2 months.”)

July 22, 2010

a little bit of everything…

Panasonic GF1 with Manual Video Controls

DxOMark now reviews lenses! Currenyly only two Olumpus lenses have been reviewed: http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/en/Lens-with-Camera
Olympus E-PL1 review at InsideHW
Sony NEX-3 vs. Olympus E-PL1 vs. Leica X1 at Motimotion
Panasonic GF1 Sample Photos on Photographybay
Panasonic Leica Lumix DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro review on M43photo
Panasonic G2 review on Hardwarezone

July 21, 2010
Posted in deals

Adorama sells the new Olympus 14-150mm for $519.99 only (+ deals summary)

There is an $80 dollar instante rebate for the Olympus 14-150mm lens on Adorama (click here). It says “out of stock” but if you preorder the lens you will get the discount!

Brief summary of other current deals:
1) Cheapest price ever for the Olympus E-PL1 ($523.95 on amazon) and on BHphoto
2) Still ongoing: Free EVF with the Panasonic GF1 and 14-45mm Lens -> $729.99 on Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
3) Very last days for the Olympus 9-18mm $100 instante rebate ($599 instead of $699): Amazon, Adorama and BH
4) The NEW Leica 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Summilux-M now ships within 1 to 3 weeks (it’s a veeery expensive lens!)

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