Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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rrccad: 12% increase of sales.. just goes to show .. you can bump up sales dramatically by giving away cameras.

Polaroid used to "give away cameras in order to sell film."

Perhaps Olympus was giving away their entry level models to sell upgrade bodies and lenses?

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 19:19 UTC
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Mike FL: "12.3% increase in net sales year-on-year" is almost having NO increasing "year-on-year".

Olympus reported in Yen, but Yen lost 14% "year-on-year" as seem from below:

http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/USDJPY:CUR

In the other words, if Olympus is using USD for reporting, it will be "2% *decrease* in net sales year-on-year".

Yes, that's right, decreasing instead of increasing.

No?

Mike...

Currency fluctuations are always a double edged sword. Good for someone, and bad for someone else.

In any case, all corporations report their results in terms of one currency, and not the one that makes them look worst, or the one that makes them look best.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 19:17 UTC
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mapgraphs: It would seem that Olympus has finally cleaned out most of the overstock, at fire sale prices no less. The E-PL6 kit is selling for less ($299) than a "reconditioned" E-PL5 body ($359) on the Olympus North America site. The E-PM2, which Olympus apparently couldn't give away is no longer listed but is available at KEH for $199 (LN-).

Some anecdotal items like Cameta no longer offering anything as "factory demo" for OMD or PEN would seem to point to Olympus finally cleaning out stock also.

As for solid sales of the newer items like the E-M5 II, flickr stats don't exactly back that claim up. There are about as many E-500 users as E-M5 II users according to Camera Finder. In fact the E-PL5 and E-PL1 are right up there with the E-500. The "I Own It" stats here on DPR tell a similar story. 44 people claim to own the E-PL7 and 303 for the E-M5 II. If all this is contributing to returning to profitability, something somewhere doesn't add up.

Flickr stats are almost meaningless. Some cameras are completely left off their database, others are mis-classified, and others seem to be have their uploads combined with previous models.

But I do think your point about the lack of "refurbs" at Cameta is very telling. I always suspected that some of those refurbs were really brand new stock that was in over supply.

I think Olympus would be long gone by now if it wasn't for M4/3. Not so much because of the cameras, but because of the lenses. They have created lots of really nice upgrade lenses that have nice margins on them. And the average M4/3 user seems to own 5 or 6 lenses now. Which is somewhat more than we had when we were 4/3 users.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 19:14 UTC

The strategy to move up market is working.

The $500 two lens kit might be a thing of the past (unless you are Nikon and Canon and have huge volume to support those rock bottom prices.) Olympus isn't the only camera maker who went up market to avoid the cell phone pressure.

This is only one quarter's results, so we really don't know if Olympus is out of the woods yet, but it seems to me like they are making the right moves. Selling higher margin goods was the only chance they had.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 19:08 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies

I don't think this patent will be of much use in making endoscopes. But for photographers, it sounds like a great idea.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 20:48 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1571 comments in total)
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Elliot H: with such a high rating, jpeg
(which most users will use) image
quality rating is not that high

And the point is.... no two cameras are exactly alike.

So what does that have to do with my saying this camera is a very poor value? Why does this mean they shouldn't throw in a charger at this high price?

This whole discussion was about NOT getting a charger included with a $1,000 camera. I was not suggesting that the Sony isn't a good camera, just that it should come with a charger.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 12:27 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1571 comments in total)
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Elliot H: with such a high rating, jpeg
(which most users will use) image
quality rating is not that high

And a sensor twice as large (EM10) or three times larger (XM1).

I thought that both lens speed and sensor size meant something?

Incidentally, an EM10 plus an f/1.7 lens costs less than an RX100 IV. (I know, it's not a zoom lens.)

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 01:04 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1571 comments in total)
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tbcass: Looks like a great camera but I'll stick with my 3 year old RX100 mk1 because it offers great IQ and the 28-100mm range is much more flexible.

I would like to add one thing. The lack of external charger has never been a problem for me. I bought an external charger and 2 extra batteries for my RX100 but I never use the charger, don't need it.

My feeling... if I can buy a charger from Amazon for less than $20, then the charger should be included in the box with a $1,000 camera. They include all sorts of junk with a camera that no one ever uses. A charger might be a lot more useful than a video cord with RCA connecting plugs.

Cutting corners to shave the cost makes sense for a $300 camera, but not for one that sells for almost $1,000.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 23:30 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1571 comments in total)
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Elliot H: with such a high rating, jpeg
(which most users will use) image
quality rating is not that high

Look... this little camera is only twice the price of a Fuji XM1 or Olympus EM10.

It's a real bargain! Not because of image quality or value... but because it fits in your pocket! :)

Hey.... doesn't the Samsung NX Mini also have a 1" sensor... and fits into your pocket? And it is an ILC that costs much less...

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 23:19 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1571 comments in total)
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tbcass: Looks like a great camera but I'll stick with my 3 year old RX100 mk1 because it offers great IQ and the 28-100mm range is much more flexible.

I would like to add one thing. The lack of external charger has never been a problem for me. I bought an external charger and 2 extra batteries for my RX100 but I never use the charger, don't need it.

The built in charger might be fine for some, but it is a nuisance for those who want to charge a battery while using the camera, or charge multiple batteries at the same time.

Of course, the problem is easily solved by "buying a charger" but you shouldn't have to buy anything else once you spend $1,000 for a camera. It should be in the box, and you can use it if you want to or just leave it in the box.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 23:12 UTC
On article Casio Japan introduces Exilim EX-ZR3000 and EX-ZR60 (68 comments in total)
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Cheng Bao: What's the last time that dpr reviewed a casio camera?

The last full review for a Casio camera was in Dec, 2004, for the Casio PRO EX-P700.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/casioexp700

There were also two Casion cameras included in a group review of travel zoom cameras in 2010.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 00:37 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Luis dos Santos (54 comments in total)

I really like his point of view.

Absolutely beautiful photos.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2015 at 20:26 UTC as 24th comment
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Marty4650: "Somewhat banal" is a sign of competence. People who know what they are doing put their heads down and go to work when a crisis happens. It actually should be business as usual.

Odds are, they were not discussing amnesty for the terrorists, or any attempt to reach out to help understand the radicals. They were probably busy planning "what should we do next" to prevent similar attacks.

That "next guy" was the guy you voted for twice, Barack Hussein Obama. And even if you didn't vote for him because you are a foreigner, you still faint and swoon whenever you see him on TV.

He makes Bush and Cheney look like they work for the ACLU when it comes to civil liberties.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 14:29 UTC

"Somewhat banal" is a sign of competence. People who know what they are doing put their heads down and go to work when a crisis happens. It actually should be business as usual.

Odds are, they were not discussing amnesty for the terrorists, or any attempt to reach out to help understand the radicals. They were probably busy planning "what should we do next" to prevent similar attacks.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 13:50 UTC as 113th comment | 8 replies

The most shocking part of this story is that no one on DPR's editorial staff seems to be aware that VERY similar products are available for one tenth the price.

Hardly an exciting or interesting news story, is it?

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 17:30 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
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Marty4650: Those industrial design students may think they invented this, but Walmart has been selling them for years.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Trademark-Deluxe-Table-Top-Photo-Studio-Photo-Light-Box/23988416

And their kit includes the lights, and sells for $31, not for $290...

Incidentally, that little tabletop tripod comes with the $31 kit too.

I wonder how they make any money at this price?

@ Ken... that UK version looks very similar, but the tripod seems a lot sturdier. The folding light box and the lights look exactly the same.

These aren't the best light boxes in the world, but are pretty useful and bargain priced. Especially when you consider that the "industrial student designed" version that DPR is highlighting sells for ten times more.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 11:06 UTC

Those industrial design students may think they invented this, but Walmart has been selling them for years.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Trademark-Deluxe-Table-Top-Photo-Studio-Photo-Light-Box/23988416

And their kit includes the lights, and sells for $31, not for $290...

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 20:04 UTC as 20th comment | 4 replies
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1296 comments in total)
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Dimit: They've gone crazy over there ay Panasonic!!! Should be mentally retarded not to grab A7ii instead of this m43 monster.Stupidity reigns !!!

I'm curious as to why the "equivalence fans" only mention one type of equivalence, when there are really around ten kinds.

Point granted. A system based on a smaller sensor will never have the same DOF properties as one based on a large sensor. We all know that. We all know you need a much faster lens just to come close.

But tell me when a FF system will ever have the equivalent size, weight, and cost of one based on a smaller sensor? When will it be equivalently "as portable?" Or "as pocketable?"

Those Sony A7 cameras are pretty small. Until you put a lens on them.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 15:09 UTC
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1296 comments in total)
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murieston: I currently have a GX7 which I like a lot. In an ideal world the GX8 would be my next purchase as I have a largish collection of Panasonic glass and the GX8 , hopefully, should offer a major improvement in image quality with the new sensor.4K video would also be quite nice to have.
Living in the UK, what I find quite mind-boggling , though, is the difference between the US price and the UK price.
Body only in the UK is offered for pre-order at £1069 which equates to $1670 at the current rate of exchange. The price in the USA is $1200. Why this camera should cost $470 more in the UK is incomprehensible(to me, at least) and a complete deal-breaker for me. I won't be buying!

@ Falk...

It's not greed, these companies aren't even making a profit. I think there is something else going on, and it isn't just Panasonic.

IMHO the camera makers are rapidly marching UP market, to try to make themselves profitable. The smartphones have completely destroyed their compact camera sales, so they have realized their only market left is at the high end. And if they have fewer customers now, then they must sell them goods with higher profit margins.

A few years ago, the "high end" meant "around $1,000"... today this is the mid range. Look at what the MILC makers are producing today:

Olympus.... higher priced OMD models, Pens almost gone
Sony.......... pushing full frame FE cameras, E is languishing
Fuji............ grinding out high end cameras and lenses
Nikon......... selling Nikon 1 for three times what it is worth
Samsung... NXI highest priced crop sensor MILC camera
Panasonic..making some $1,500 lenses. Nice profits there.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 15:02 UTC
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1296 comments in total)
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murieston: I currently have a GX7 which I like a lot. In an ideal world the GX8 would be my next purchase as I have a largish collection of Panasonic glass and the GX8 , hopefully, should offer a major improvement in image quality with the new sensor.4K video would also be quite nice to have.
Living in the UK, what I find quite mind-boggling , though, is the difference between the US price and the UK price.
Body only in the UK is offered for pre-order at £1069 which equates to $1670 at the current rate of exchange. The price in the USA is $1200. Why this camera should cost $470 more in the UK is incomprehensible(to me, at least) and a complete deal-breaker for me. I won't be buying!

I think your price includes a VAT tax, and ours doesn't. There might be other reasons for the price difference as well.

I just looked it up. The UK has a 20% Value Added Tax which is included in the Amazon UK price. They aren't listing the GX8 yet, but they have the EM5 II body only for £869 which translates to $1356.55 in US dollars.

Amazon US sells the EM5 II body only for $1,099 normally, although Olympus has it on a promotional sale right now. In most states Amazon will add a state sales tax to that and it is usually around 8-10% more, making it cost around $1,200.

The US price is still cheaper than the UK price, but not as much as you might think when you add the VAT taxes and sales taxes.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 21:16 UTC
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