Panasonic reportedly froze sensor development for a few years. It's nice to see them back in the game. Additional competition is a good thing for consumers.
Michael S.: Ahhh...48 Canon-fanboys so far who "had it" already!
That calculated in, 48 Canon-users must now be selling their gear on Ebay.;-)
I wouldn't assume that the false "I had it"s are "Canon-fanboys".
I think Canon and Nikon users get along just fine. It's Those Mirrorless People who are the trouble makers. :-)
From Nikon's just released financial documents. (Presentation Materials)
Imaging Products Business
Sales forecast is downwardly revised by 10 billion yen as a result of the revised market forecast and because of the postponement of new D500 launch. However, operating income forecast is pushed up by 3 billion yen due to the 3rd quarter result as well as the expenses reduction effort in the 4th quarter.
"Oh, wow...", DPR is like tween girls writing about One Direction. :-)
Oh, wow... a $1000 mirrorless body with no touch screen. Oh, wow... the same crappy kit lens as the one on their a6000. Oh, wow... the new lenses they just announced were for their full-frame models.
A $1,000 body, and still no touch screen?
Did they update the kit lens, or does it have the same worst-in-the-industry kit lens as the a6000?
Flashback: Surprisingly, despite the digital age we live in, camera and lens production is still very labour intensive. This must result in significant ex-factory costs.
However, nice work Fuji, I will try to remember that when making my next purchase.
A August 2015 News Tidbit:
"TOKYO -- Canon aims to completely automate domestic manufacturing of digital cameras by 2018, an advance that the company reckons can cut production costs 10-20%."
So it's an issue that camera companies are thinking about.
(No, I am not saying anything about Fuji.)
"We don’t all have to be seduced, ..." -DPR
I would be way more easily seduced if the camera cost less. :-)
That said, Olympus' camera division needs the money. If the pricing of this camera helps them to stay in the camera business, then it's a good thing.
I generally don't pay attention to the way that a camera looks, but that is a really nice looking camera.
If Olympus sends me a PEN-F for free, I promise to post/tweet nice things about it. That sounds like a fair deal to me. :-)
Marty4650: Always remember that Sony sells sensors to everyone else.
This decline isn't primarily due to Sony selling few cameras, but to the entire P&S camera market evaporating.
It sounds like the sensor decline is primarily due to a decrease in smartphone sales.
"shift to higher-end digital cameras"
I wonder how long it will be before that segment becomes saturated.
Xentinus: What about other brands,did they release their reports?Maybe If we compare,we can find the answer of Samsung's decision.I am really sorry because Samsung decided shuttering its camera business. :/
IMO;In close future,companies who have mobile phone background will remain standing in camera business.
Nikon is scheduled to release their financial results on February 4th. Olympus is scheduled to release their financial results on February 5th. Canon recently released their financial results, and profits for their camera division were down 5.7%.
Sony reports that they sold 11.5 million digital cameras in Fiscal Year 2013, and forecasts that they will sell 6.1 million digital cameras in Fiscal Year 2015. That's quite a drop.
As unit sales continue to drop, for all camera companies, maintaining profitable camera divisions is going to get harder and harder.
Teasing just gets me mad. :-)
Raising the price on anything in the Nikon 1 line seems a but much. That camera system isn't exactly taking the world by storm. :-)
I wonder how Nikon's new-higher prices compare to Canon's current prices.
I admit it, I think Olympus' 'Classic Film Monochrome' mode looks pretty cool.
Raist3d: dpreview staff - "fashion conscious" and "serious candid (street photog)" are contradictions. Most street photography- or at least a big chunk of it- is candid/stealth and the last thing uou want is to call attention.
Small and black seems pretty inconspicuous, but when viewed up close can still be fashionable.
BTW, I tried street photography, but since I live in the suburbs, it was just photos of empty streets. :-)