This is a 100% valid proof the rumors about an upcoming Olympus E-M5 markII are correct. The name of the camera got officially registered in Taiwan. That registration is needed for every new product with WiFi that will go on sale in Taiwan within the next few months.

The camera is rumored to have no(!) 4K recording, same E-M5 sensor and one single major new feature: Sensor shift shooting which combines up to 8 images to create 40MP image on the fly.

via Digicameinfo and via 43rumors.
 

Click on those links to download the new firmware just released by Fuji:

- FUJIFILM X-T1 : Version 3.00
- FUJIFILM X-E2 : Version 3.00
- FUJIFILM X-Pro1 : Version 3.40
- FUJIFILM X-E1 : Version 2.40

As usual with Fuji they added a ton of new features and fixes. I hope all other companies making cameras will take a note from it and learn from Fuji how to please customers with continuous support!

 

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  • December 19, 2014 01:05, Weijian Lim said:

    Unfortunately their cameras are still a quirky bunch with all those fw update. Focusing accuracy is still a big problem.

  • December 18, 2014 18:36, tecnoworld said:

    Samsung is the same or even worse than sony. Fuji is the best in fw releasing and reviving products through fw upgrade!

  • December 18, 2014 17:00, ronin said:

    This the Fuji who listened to the customer base when the customers demanded slow autofocus, incompatibility with major raw editors, smearing of colors, very expensive products, lenses without aperture markings?

Probably for the CP+ show Panasonic will launch a new entry level MFT camera. No specs yet available but the GX7 is one of the "favorite" candidates for a replacement.

The GX7 now sells for $477 only at Amazon and Adorama.

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  • December 18, 2014 07:58, thomas draschan said:

    as a user of the gm1 and the epl5 I'd welcome a sensor with the pixel density of the RX100iii this would mean a substantioal upgrade as I am printing the images. the 3,5mm mic input would truly help making a decision to replace these otherwise won...

  • December 18, 2014 00:53, Wally in Austin said:

    I would like to see a 3.5 mm mic input!

  • December 17, 2014 22:34, Adam Heller said:

    Love the GX7, I'm mostly a still shooter so not so much interested in 4k video. I would like to see a huge leap in mp, let's get some 20mp or above mft sensors, with that I'd upgrade.

The image you see on top is a real Nikon patent for a Lens designed for a Full Frame mirrorless system! It's a 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens and the question now is only...when is the new Nikon system camera going to be launched?

spotted by Egami.

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  • December 17, 2014 14:05, rjbell said:

    You would have hoped they were past patent stage by now. This could be years away. This need to be on the market asap to stand any chance.

  • December 17, 2014 13:19, Bengt Nyman said:

    It appears that top DSLRs are not easily replaced by mirrorless cameras.
    Sales statistics are confirming that smart phones have taken over about 70% of the compact digital camera market.
    Meanwhile DSLR sales have dropped to about 60% of its ...

  • December 16, 2014 21:05, tecnoworld said:

    Exactly my idea. Mirrorless cameras should have excellent fast primes and/or good pancakes. And there should be some advancement in the pdaf tech to allow tracking af on par with best dslr, to justify the high price of some bodies.

Heino Hilbig sent us that nice graph based on official CIPA data showing how the camera market changed during the last 80 years.

1) Analoge photography has been killed rapidly by the digital camera generation.

2) The Digital camera business got "almost" killed by the smartphone selfie generation :)

We don't know yet when the digital camera market fall will stop. And it's unclear what can save it...

PRESS TEXT from Heino:

The figures may invite for an “optimistic” view:
 
According to CIPA’s camera production statistics, the recession of the camera market has slowed down a little. It decreased just 32.9 % until October 2014 compared to the same period last year.
Questionably, nevertheless, is  that the decline of the margin product SLR increased it’s momentum. 25% this segment shrinked in 2014 so far - without hope that this decrease could be recovered by the sales of mirror free compact systems.
 
What impact this development has on the total photo market, becomes even more clear if we look to the sales ratios of the German photo market: In 2013 the share of cameras and lenses counted for not less than 85% according to European market research company GfK (sales of photo finishing products excluded) – a relation that most probably is not substantially different in other countries.
 
Can’t this trend be stopped?
 
Even if manufacturers launch success stories over and over again (e. g. , light field cameras or action cameras)– such relatively small segments do not change the overall negative picture.
Simply the dominance of smart phones is far too big.
 
Is it? What if that would not be the case?
What would be, if the pure existence of the Smartphones is not the real cause for the recession of the photo market? What, if there are other causes too? Causes we could counter attack?
 
The figures, CIPA and GfK publish, give reason to hope that we don’t have to accept the ongoing decline of the market, if we find the right strategies for manufacturers, service suppliers and photo trade.
 
Let us discuss about it:
 
In two presentations at the PMA/CES in Las Vegas we will show that pointing to smartphones or market saturation as an explanation of the shrinking camera market falls too short and we will indicate ways the industry could take to change the situation:
 
Monday, 5th of January, 2015, 9:00 o'clock
Photography, the Most Emotional Business of the World - Why then the Market Collapses? How can manufacturers, trade and press react to this?
 
Tuesday, 6th of January, 2015, 13:00 o'clock
How to Tackle the Collapsing Camera Market?
 
So, will we see us in Las Vegas?
 
Heino Hilbig
 
Managing Director
Mayflower Concepts
Hamburg – Germany
 
www.mayflower-concepts.com
 
e-mail: contact@mayflower-concepts.com

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  • December 16, 2014 17:12, ejpb said:

    I think the answer is 'think longer term'. Why do all these manufacturers feel the need to re-invent their lens mount for mirrorless while they were able in the 60-70s to make lenses that were smaller than the current APS/C lenses? Again, market c...

  • December 16, 2014 00:18, ohm image said:

    My thoughts on this: ohm-image.net

  • December 15, 2014 23:29, ohm image said:

    I should have been clearer. The 'Just adapt' message was to camera makers, who for so long, have flooded the market with crap just because they see market gains. They didn't see that customers were longing for basically a do-all device like a smar...

December 13, 2014

Mirrorless news roundup....

New official NX1 commercial.

Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens review by Luminous Landscape.
Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Review at Photographyblog.
Zeiss Loxia Biogon 35/2 Review at VeryBigLobo.
Samsung 16-50mm f/2-2.8 lens review at SLRgear.
Sigma DP2 Quattro full review at Mirrorlessleassons.
Ikelite Underwater Housing for the LX100 Released (Ikelite)
Samsung NX1 First Impressions (MirrorlessLeassons)
What Matters Most: NX1 plus Alex Webb (SamsungCameraRumors).
A 1000 fps C-mount camera on Kickstarter.
Samsung NX1 review at Luminous Landscape.
Lytro Illum Review at Photographyblog.
Samsung NX1 Review (Photographyblog).
Samsung NX1 review by Digitalcameraworld.
Samsung S 50-150mm f/2.8 ED OIS Review (Photographyblog).

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  • December 14, 2014 19:18, tecnoworld said:

    For an aps-c mirrorless camera costing 1600€, it's a shame if the tracking focus is poor compared to dslr. You can consider it a great camera, but I don't if the af performance is the one showed in the first reviews. Not enough for its price.

  • December 13, 2014 22:00, viking79 said:

    First thing I did on the NX1 was turn the Continuous High shooting rate down to 8 fps, as 15 is totally unnecessary for what I do :) Same with continuous focus, not commenting on it yet since I haven't used it enough to learn it, but even with 50...

  • December 13, 2014 17:48, Jón Ingólfur Hermannsson said:

    I have not tested the NX1 - but I see many who have tried it where not so excited about the tracking AF - meaning like in the case of the Sony A6000 - it is advertised as to have this super tracking focus -
    and he's it has a high burst rate ...

Fujirumors spotted and interesting info inside the latest Fujifilmxmagazine issue. The 16-55mm f/2.8 zoom lens will arrive early 2015 and the lens will have OIS!

Sounds like X camera owners will get a perfect normal zoom!

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  • December 13, 2014 17:39, Jón Ingólfur Hermannsson said:

    is it noteworthy that it will have IS - I thought that would be a norm - as Fuji will not do a IBIS - just seems that IS a must if Fuji is to keep competing - now Panasonic and Sony and of course Olympus have done IBIS and I think that will...