This is a tough business to be in these days for just about everyone, including Nikon.
Are those drywall screws holding the grip in place?
sh10453: I certainly hope that opening this shop will not have a big negative impact on reviews, ratings, and judgment.DPR may say it won't, but I doubt that, especially on the long run.
As for you don't care what camera a person will buy, I say neither would Amazon care as long as the person buys a camera from them.
The same can be said about Adorama, B & H, or any other shop.All these sites do have reviews.What is going to make DPR different from these places? The more detailed review?In my humble opinion, I will have to consider all future reviews as tainted, and take them with a grain of salt.
Bad, bad, bad idea.Would have been better if DPR decided to sell college sports gear, for example, gold coins, swim-wear, or even canned vegetables. Anything unrelated to photography and the reviews.
Sad announcement, and a sad day.
When someone drops hard money on equipment it is up to them to do the research. This is true regardless of the price of the equipment which could be several thousands of dollars or less than twenty dollars. There is no way I would rely on any single resource for most purchases. I dig and dig. DPReview is one resource. There are others. I also look for the competitive prices and services.
I don't see this as any different that walking into a brick and mortar shop.
No one is forcing you to read the reviews or make your purchases at this site.
Some of the comments here are a bit surprising.
The Gearshop selsl equipment. I don't think DP/Amazon really cares what brand you buy so long as you buy from it. If DPReview were affiliated with a major brand, say Canon or Nikon, there would be a conflict. Gearshop is competing with other camera shops, B and H or Adorama, all of whom review equipment or allow customers to post reviews. I live in the US and another place to buy gear at very competitive prices is nice but not at the top of my list of priorities and this leads to my next point.
With regard to concerns about the shop only serving the US there is a point. The US consumer has a lot of choices of where to shop. This adds another (or sort of does). The complexities of selling photographic gear in various nations is beyond my understanding---lots of rules, taxes and such related to shipping to many nations. This might explain why customers have few choices right now.
ozgoldman: The fact that DPR are essentially ignoring 70% of their clientèle does not make good business sense to me.It clearly alienates and degrades the vast majority of those that visit this site.Q. How do get off side with your readers? Do things like this all the time.As global users of this site, we deserve better from DPR.
I agree with your desire to do something with the broader range of DPR users, but you have to start somewhere. First step and then expand.
"The truth is we don’t need much gear, only the minimum for what we do."
Everyone needs more gear.
Must be a slow news day
Craig from Nevada: They should have dropped their prices along with the "Carl".
You pay a premium for the name.
They should have dropped their prices along with the "Carl".
The world has changed.
This is a nice photo
They had to stop the bleeding. Other makers will follow their example. The definition of camera is very different and point and shoot is just redundant.
Craig from Nevada: The pricing of the E-M5 was really a pleasant surprise. A heck of deal.
The pricing of this camera had the opposite effect. I am disappointed
EM-5 was/is a good value.
The pricing of the E-M5 was really a pleasant surprise. A heck of deal.
Looks to be about the right size for me. No retro EM-5 stuff either. Refreshing.
One less entry in what continues to be a market with too many cameras chasing too few buyers.
yabokkie: I don't think Oly care their own 4/3" mount if it's not for brand value. they know clearly it's a mistake only they cannot afford to admit.
We heard you the first 15 times. Now go away troll.
Catalin Stavaru: So Panasonic realized that purposefully building a large camera for the m43 format is stupid, when the whole purpose of m43 was to make smaller cameras with smaller lenses. On the wrong assumption that people think "larger is better" in the year 2013...
Now they want you to try the camera, to see that it's good. I'm sure it's great but almost any DSLR is good, but this is not what people wanted. They wanted m43 because they wanted smaller cameras.
What they should really do is to quickly build a GH5 that is as small as possible (maybe as small or even smaller than the GH2) while having all the internals, features and quality of the GH3.
This camera might be the right size to use with the 35-100mm lens.
My sense is that the recent announcement about earnings has set off a panic at Olympus. Losses are growing, not narrowing. In response to this news, I think the word is cut, cut and cut.
First, question, what parts of the imaging operation are losing money. I think the whole thing is. Point and shoot for sure. Micro--I think so as the losses have grown since OM-D was introduced.
I bet the meetings with upper management on how to achieve this have been pretty rough. Olympus would be stupid not to discuss all options, including DSLR production. Somehow this discussion got into the media. A leak of some sort, intentional or other wise. The leak got some traction.
All the recent talk of taking care of E-500 users, etc may have been sincere, but I don't think it counts this week. The money that is lost and the interest of the shareholders is what matters.
My point is that I really don't think Olympus knows what it is going to do at this point.
Craig from Nevada: The E-5 (pictured above) has many faults, but it is so well built.
I love mine.