New Kodak S1 MFT images!

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You haven’t forgotten that Kodak is about to market a new MFT camera…don’t you? DC.fever (google translated) posted new images and some info about the new Kodak S1 MFT camera. First of all Kodak said they will make two MFT zooms. It is not clear form the article if these will be rebadged Olympus zooms or real new lenses. The camera will have built-in WiFi and an own APP for remote control. A tilt LCD, hot shoe, a recording button, FN1 and FN2 customizable buttons. More can be seen on these images (Click on it to see a full size version).

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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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