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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Olympus desaster forecast….Don’t worry, there is more chance the analysts will fail.

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I keep receiving emails from readers pointing me out the report published by Yahoo (Click here). It says that the digital camera business from Olympus will disappear from the US market within 2014. It’s not the first time I hear these kind of negative forecasts about Olympus and as of today…Olympus digital camera business is still alive :)

Honestly, I think there is a bigger chance that Yahoo will crash in 2014 rather than Olympus! I agree with Thom Hogan when he says: “The medical side of Olympus is healthy enough that they can take their time deciding ultimately just what happens with cameras, and I’m pretty sure they’ll first try to execute a strategy that helps them get back to profitability before giving up on it.

So please don’t worry, and let’s see what Olympus will deliver us soon with the new OMD!

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Submit, find and share Micro Four Thirds deals on DealsRunner.com.

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Every day 43rumors reader send me deals about MFT stuff from all over the world. And it’s impossible for me to post them all on 43rumors. That’s why in collaboration with my colleagues from other rumor sites and a couple of crazy programmers we created a platform where you can share your deals! It’s called DealsRunner.com. It’s actually a community platform where people not only can submit but also comment and vote the deal “hotness”. And you can get notified when new deals of your interest have been posted. I would kindly invite you to register and join the community (it’s very easy, you can also register by one click Facebook or Twitter connection).

I will soon embed the deal stream in my sidebar on 43rumors. This will enhance the quality of the websites because:

1) As you know I work alone on 43rumors. And I am not always online and sometimes it happens that I miss to post links to good deals. By following dealsrunner you will not have that issue anymore.
2) If the concept works than I can start to post less deals on 43rumors and use my more of my free time on regular news and rumor coverage.
3) You can customize your geographic area and deal category so that you can get notification about deals that really could be interesting for you! Example: If you live in Europe you can choose to get notified on European deals only. And for you can also set your area of interest (for Panasonic and Olympus brands).

Below I attached two very basic self made explanation of how it works:

And there is a filter to display the deals you want. Click on that one to see a larger image:

I really hope you will find it useful! You would take me away quite some stress by using this platform. So feel free to register and try to submit some deals you know of! http://www.dealsrunner.com/ 

Editor’s note: I also plan to redo 43rumors with a more simple and less cluttered layout. But it will take some time because I am busy with my newborn. And I have to use my spare time on GX2 and OMD rumor work. I expect the new 43rumors site to be online by late 2013.

Thank you! And please send me your feedback of DealsRunner at admin@dealsrunner.com. And if you have some smart idea for the new 43rumors site contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com!

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