Imagine Panasonic would have done this: Fixed lens camera with Slow zoom and for 2450 Euro :)

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The new Leica Mini M (with behind the existing X2)

Sometimes we are very harsh in criticizing Panasonic and Olympus new cameras. Now imagine they would do this: Launch a fixed lens APS-C camera with slow 28-70mm f/3.5-6.4 zoom for 2450€! You would say no company would ever do this….but indeed there is one…Leica! I published specs and images here: http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/first-image-of-the-leica-m-mini/.

I post this because some websites speculated that this camera could have been made in collaboration with Panasonic. And indeed the Leica Digilux series (here at Amazon) is based on Panasonic camera design and tech. But that new Digilux Mini M camera is a Leica own designed camera…and they did a pretty bad job :)

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Olympus manager says: More DSLR to come, More Sony sensors to be used in future.

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Olympus manager Hiroyuki Sasa has been interviewed at Toyokeizai (Google translation here). And there are quite some interesting infos! I ask my Japanese readers to correct me if there are some errors. The Google English translation tool doens’t really make a very good job. Anyway, here are the hottest news:
1) Olympus will reduce investment in the compact digital camera business and focus on niche products with clear identity (example Tough series).
2) Mirrorless is doing well in Asia (Japan, Singapore and Thailand for example). Still not so good in Europe and USA.
3) We will supply our tech to Sony (example lens design knowledge)
4) We will use more Sony sensors in future.
5) We plan to launch new DSLR cameras in future.
6) We do not plan to quite the digital camera business even if it it not profitable yet. Because it drives the technology development that is helpful for our medical business too!

Great news! It confirms what we posted the last few weeks. Olympus is helping SOny in their 400mm f/4.0 A-mount lens design and the soon to come new OMD camera(s) will feature a brand new Sony sensor with phase detection pixel on sensor.

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Next GX1 deal: with X lens for $499.

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After the great GX1 body deal ($199) we now have a new great deal. The GX1 sells with the 14-42mm X lens for $499 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone is priced at $330. You pay $170 for the extra camera :)
I am working on the GX successor rumors and I got some new tidbits to post soon. I always ask sources and readers to be patient because I will always try to double check rumors to avoid mistakes! Thanks for your understanding! P.S.: All I can say is that all specs we posted about the new GX are correct. In body IS, built-in tilting EVF, new 18MP sensor. yes…it sounds amazing!

And here are more new deals:
One single E-M5 body for $900 at Amazon.
Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens and housing for divers at GetOlympus.
Something non MFT. The bets US deal of the day is that extra free $10 iTunes card on eBay.
All other hot deals of the day at http://www.dealsrunner.com/

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E-M5 for $939 and $140 cashback!

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Rakuten:
Three years ago Rakuten (a Japanese company) bought Buy.com in roder to compete against Amazon.com in the USA market. And with deals like this they may wills ucceed on day: The are now offering a 15% CashBack on all stuff available at Rakuten Store (Click here)! If you buy seomthing with a value of $1,000 you will earn 15,000 Rakuten Points which do have a value of $150 (please use the promo code”Earlybird” to grab the CashBack). These points can be used for your next purchase. A FAQ on the Rakuten point system can be read here. Example: Rakuten is also offering the E-M5 body for $939 (Click here). And you get back $140 as CashBack!

Memorial Day:
In USA there is a long list of “Memorial Day Deals” at Adorama and Newegg.

All today Panasonic-Olympus deal in USA and Europe:
Panasonic at Dealsrunner.com.
Olympus at Dealsrunner.com.

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