Why does the forum shoot the em-1 and not gx7?

Started Apr 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
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bluevellet Senior Member • Posts: 2,332
Re: Olympus has been in quality cameras much longer than Panasonic

Tom Axford wrote:

ApertureAcolyte wrote:

arbuz wrote:

Tom Axford wrote:

My own guess is that there are a lot more photographers emotionally attached to Olympus than there are to Panasonic. The reasons for this are largely historical: Olympus made film cameras that were well loved and they acquired a dedicated band of followers soon after the introduction of the first Olympus SLR in the 1970s.

+1. Emptional attachment to Olympus is visible in many posts or threads. Now, I wonder where would Olympus be if not panasonic bringing quality lens (20mm, F2.8 zooms, leicas )and fast AF (very good since GH1) when Olympus was iterating their slow pens (P1, P2 anyone?) with slow kit zooms. however emotinally charged people like to talk so they do.

I think it's more of the case that Olympus are more successful than Panasonic.

You and several others have made this point, but no-one has given a link or reference to any source for sales figures!

So I did a bit of searching myself and the best figures I could find were here, and they suggest that Olympus sell about twice as many ILCs as Panasonic.

Assuming this is correct, does it tally with the difference in the number of threads devoted to Olympus and to Panasonic? I'm not sure and I'm too lazy to count them to find out, but it certainly would explain a large part of the difference.

Japan is the biggest mirrorless market in the world and Panasonic's fall in 2012 was spectacular. From around 25-30% the few years before to just 15% in that fateful year. The GX7 and especially the GM1 can be seen as an attempt for the company to turn things around from the stale G and GF lines.

I'd argue Panny's rush to jump on the 4K bandwagon and replace the GH3 with the GH4 earlier than expected to be a similar tactic from the company to change its fortunes.

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