March 2014: Small increase of shipments for both Mirrorless and DSLR cameras.


Graph courtesy: Personal View.

Cipa released the full Japanese camera shipment data for March 2014. And you can se plenty of great graphs at Personal View. These are some of the key changes that happened:

– Small increase in shipments for both DSLR and Mirrorless. But the results could be a influenced by the fact that Japan will soon increase the VAT on all products. So Japanese internal market shipment increase may not be a constant factor.

– The bad news is even with the small increase the situation is quite worse compared to previous years:

– Mirrorless is still not doing well in American and European markets. It’s mainly Asia that loves them :)

In summary: The next 2-3 years we will see who will survive this crisis. There are so many challenges I think no one really know’s with 10% certainty what needs to be done to make money with system cameras. And there is the fact that new kind of photo devices are coming out every year, Not only smartphones and tablets but now we will have Google Glass and other super portable and “always connected” stuff.


Official GH4 4K short film “Dalia’s Dream”. In Stock for Asia and Europe via Digitalrev.


GH4 4K short film “Dalia’s Dream” – Behind the scenes

So far there is only one chance for EU and Asian readers to grab the GH4. You can buy it at Digitalrev (Click here) and Personal View (Click here). And Panasonic just released the first GH4 short film named “Dalia’s Dream”. On top you can watch the behind the scenes and here the original shortfilm: There is also An interview with Matt Frazer, Field Training Manager at Panasonic about the new GH4 4K camera by Collective Minds Media. And CameraLabs posted some image samples.

Meantime first lucky owners are sharing their hands-on videos:
Panasonic GH4 4K Unboxing and Video Test / Footage by TheProConsumer
My first 4K footage is CATS! Unboxing PANASONIC GH4 by Griffin Hammond
Panasonic GH4 – Unboxing and Slow Motion Test (96fps @ 1080) by Gear Addix

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras,
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
Spain: Fotoboom.


Leica 15mm review by Blunty. Best primes for the GM1 by DxO.


GH4 tease & Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 Review by Blunty.

The 15mm Leica is the latest new MFT lens and still not shipping. So if are eagerly waiting to get the lens you can kill the time by watching the brand new review by Blunty (video on top).

And DxOmark (Click here) posted the list of best primes you can use on your tiny GM1. Noctocron and Zuiko 75mm are on top of course. Followed by the new Leica 15mm.

15mm Lens preorders:
Black lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Wex UK (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).
Silver lens at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).