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Yikes! How many cameras have been announced today and yesterday? Around 22 if you count the SD1 Merrill as a new camera, or 23 if you include the Pentax Optio WG2-GPS as a different camera to the WG2 without GPS…

Nikon D800 Front
Nikon
Nikon D800 and D800E, Full Frame 36.3mp Sensor, 4fps, 3.2inch screen, With or Without AA filter! Hands-On Review at ePHOTOzine.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Black
Olympus
Olympus OM-D E-M5 (Hands-On) Micro Four Thirds Retro / Classic 16mp, 9fps, EVF, 3inch touchscreen, Black or Silver
Olympus Zooms:
Olympus SH-25MR with GPS – Full HD, Stereo Sound, 12.5x zoom.
Olympus SZ-31MR Pocket Zoom, 24x zoom, 16mp backlit CMOS sensor, Full HD video stereo sound.
Olympus Waterproofs:
Olympus Tough TG-820 – 10m waterproof, Full HD Video, High resolution 3inch screen, 12mp backlit CMOS
Olympus Tough TG-620 – 5m waterproof, 12mp backlit CMOS, Full HD video.

Pentax Optio WG2
Pentax
Pentax Optio WG2, WG2-GPS – 12m Waterproof, one with GPS, one without, crazy design!

Sigma DP1 DP2 Merrill
Sigma – same sensor as DSLR introduced into compacts
Sigma DP1 Merrill – NEW DP1, 46mp Foveon X3 Sensor (or 14mp), 3inch 920k screen, VGA video, 28mm wide angle
Sigma DP2 Merrill – NEW DP2, 46mp Foveon X3 Sensor (or 14mp), 3inch 920k screen, VGA video, 45mm wide angle
Sigma SD1 Merrill, the SD1 renamed, repriced, 46mp/14mp Foveon X3 Sensor

Canon Powershot D20 Waterproof
Canon:
Canon IXUS Compacts 510 and 240: 12x, 5x optical zoom, 10/16mp, Wi-Fi
Canon Powershots: All 16mp, all 5x optical zoom, 28-140mm (apart from A4000), all 720p video
Canon Powershot A810, AA batteries, Budget Model
Canon Powershot A1300, Optical viewfinder, AA batteries
Canon Powershot A2300, Lithium-Ion
Canon Powershot A2400 IS, Lithium-Ion
Canon Powershot A3400 IS, Lithium-Ion
Canon Powershot A4000 IS, 8x zoom, Lithium-Ion
Canon Travel Zooms:
Canon Powershot SX240, SX260 HS (GPS): 20x optical zoom, 12mp backlit CMOS, Full HD
Canon Waterproof:
Canon Powershot D20, 10m waterproof,

Olympus PEN Mini

If you’re not making a “mirrorless” / “compact system camera” (CSC) (or ILC*) then you’re not making / growing profit, and you’re not going to get very far in the digital camera market… particularly in Japanese or UK style markets (Europe for example).* see notes on Canon.

Lets look at some of the digital camera companies, and some of the things that have been happening over the last 12+ months:

Olympus: Ignoring all the bad stuff, they have grown to be the biggest selling Mirrorless camera company in Japan for 2012 (and possibly Europe / Germany – or at least Micro Four Thirds combined). Strengths in waterproof compacts. Extremely good range of mirrorless cameras this year – catching up with Panasonic for focusing speeds.

Panasonic: Growing Mirrorless market, particularly strong in the UK. The combined forces of Panasonic and Olympus on Micro Four Thirds (M43) makes M43 the most compelling mirrorless system, with sales in Japan for 2011 for Mirrorless 1. Pana, 2. Oly, and 2012 for Mirrorless 1. Oly, 2. Pana.

Nikon: Growing market share thanks to competitive DSLR products, and entry into Mirrorless market. Entry level mirrorless said to be selling increasingly well. Increasingly popular Coolpix range of compacts (year on year growth).

Sony: Bought Konica Minolta’s DSLR business, then launched the Sony A100, they said they were going to challenge Nikon and Canon for the top spot, and considering they came from nowhere, they’re now No. 3 in DSLR sales, it’s pretty impressive and something I didn’t expect if I’m honest. Extremely innovative with traditional DSLR, then the ultra fast “Translucent Mirror” SLT / SLRs with electronic viewfinders. Also No. 3 in Mirrorless after Olympus / Panasonic / Micro Four Thirds. Some would say leaders in the image sensor business (selling sensors to Apple for the iPhone, APS-C to Nikon/Pentax, Backlit CMOS sensors to everyone etc)

Pentax / Ricoh: Profitable DSLR business, fresh investment from Ricoh should inject new life into this area, and additional mirrorless APS-C camera should improve business further (with the potentially game changing camera). Ricoh are more of a niche market with premium GR Digital series (with cult following in Japan), and Leica M mount GXR (with APS-C sensor). Ricoh are profitable with a very successful print/copier business that is used in corporate and government environments for things like sending out mailings to 40,000+ people etc Serious stuff. Pentax / Ricoh combined could be a very interesting company to watch over the next 12 months. I expect growth. Pentax Q has some success in Japan as the smallest mirrorless camera.

Kodak: Ouch (recently filed for bankrupcy protection). Here is the perfect example that backs up the following statement: You don’t make profit from cheap “and cheerful” me too style point and shoot cameras. Sold sensor business (doh!).

Minox: Recently announced they aren’t going to make “cheap and cheerful” point and shoot cameras. Instead they’ll keep making those interested “Spy cameras” and “retro classics“.

Agfa/Vivitar/HP: See Kodak.

CASIO: Recently decided to close the Casio Exilim division in the UK (still available to buy through European distributers). Some innovation in High Speed cameras, but it’s very difficult to make profit from point and shoot cameras. Strong in Japan though. A mirrorless camera would really help you grow! (Why not bring high speed sensors and image processing to Micro Four Thirds?)

*Canon: Recently the CEO stepped down as profits aren’t growing as quickly as expected. Canon are being challenged by Nikon on all DSLR fronts, and then also challenged by Mirrorless cameras. So whilst DSLRs was (and is) a profitable area, Mirrorless is challenging both compact cameras, and entry level DSLR. And at the bottom end of point and shoot, this is being challenged by smartphones with decent(ish) cameras. A mirrorless camera would really help your profits!

Fujifilm: Making a market for itself by selling premium compact cameras, X100 (selling like hotcakes, in the 100k region!), X10, X-S1 (Premium Ultra Zoom Bridge camera), X-Pro1 Mirrorless, and strong in Bridge / Ultra Zoom cameras that look like mini-DSLRs. Strong in waterproof market as they can undercut competitors on price, and presumably still make profit from it?

Samsung: Sells the NX mirrorless system, with a decent range of lenses and good image quality. Not sure how well it is doing worldwide, but a good system, that can often undercut competitors on price. Compact cameras seem to be leading the way for features: WiFi, App / Phone style GUI. Samsung don’t seem to be rated in Japan though, rest of world, yes. Compact cameras can undercut competitors, making them a popular buy.

Leica: Premium ILC / Mirrorless cameras, with a premium price – growing and profitable (as far as I’m aware). “Me Too” Panasonic cameras. Really they should get back into “bed” with Fuji and make “Me Too” (premium compacts) products from the Fujifilm X series (X10, X100, X-S1,X-Pro1) or join Micro Four Thirds 😉

Others? BenQ / Aigo / GE / Polaroid / Rollei / Praktica : – see Kodak, see Casio, unless you have an extreme niche (Ricoh) and are popular in your home market (Casio/Japan), or make a mirrorless camera then how will you grow?

Panasonic Lumix G3

Panasonic are offering cashback on a number of their cameras, including the new G3, GF3 models, as well as the GH2, G2 and their new lenses, details below, for maximum cashback you need to buy a qualifying camera with kit lens and additional lens at the same time. You get £40 cashback when you buy one of the qualifying cameras with the standard kit lens (the 14-42mm, code CEB or KEB), £65 cashback with the 14-42mm and 45-200mm (code WEB), and £75 cashback with the 14-42mm X lens (code XEB). Details on their website here including how to claim.

Qualifying Lumix G Cameras:
Panasonic Lumix GF3 – £40 cashback – Amazon UK
Panasonic Lumix GF3 with 14-42 X Lens – £75 cashback Amazon UK
Panasonic Lumix G2 – £40 cashback Amazon UK
Panasonic Lumix GH2 – £40 cashback Amazon UK
Panasonic Lumix G3 – £40 cashback Amazon UK

Promotion Period: Purchases made between 1st November 2011 and 31st December 2011 will qualify.

Panasonic Lumix GX1 Silver LargePanasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix GX1, LVF2 electronic viewfinder, and GH2 firmware update for enhanced video, details on all of this here:

Panasonic Lumix GX1, 16 megapixel compact premium micro four thirds camera with 4.2fps continuous shooting, 3 inch touch screen, available in December in Silver or Black for £499 body only. Press Release, First Impressions Review, Sample Photos, Video.

Panasonic LVF2, electronic viewfinder, with 1.44million dots, tilting, dioptre correction, more details.

Panasonic Lumix GH2 firmware update available in December, adds 25p, higher quality compression, plus more, full details here.

Olympus PEN EPL3 LiteThe Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 has been reviewed by a number of websites now, so we thought it would be good to give you links to them all. The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 sits in the middle of the new line-up of Olympus PEN Micro Four Thirds cameras, and features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 5.5fps continuous shooting, 3 inch tilting screen, Full HD video with stereo sound, anti-shake sensor, external pop up flash, and ISO200 to ISO12800. The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 is available from £491 with kit lens.

ePHOTOzine – Highly Recommended.
Buy-N-Shoot Review
– Platinum – Highest Award
WhatDigitalCamera – 88%
Photography BLOG
– Recommended

Olympus PEN Mini LargeePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 – the smallest Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera ever! The camera features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 5.5fps shooting, 3 inch 16:9 screen, 6 art filters, anti-shake sensor, and full HD video with stereo sound. The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 is available for £429 with kit lens.

Latest digital camera reviews, news, and others from around the web. If you have news, please send us your news!

Reviews
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3, new mirrorless with tilting screen, ePHOTOzine.
Sony NEX C3, latest mirrorless NEX, Photography BLOG.
Nikon D5100, DSLR with Full HD Video, NeoCamera, ePHOTOzine.
Nikon Coolpix S9100, 18x optical zoom, Cameralabs, ePHOTOzine.

New Cameras:
Canon Powershot SX150 IS, 12x optical zoom, AA, more details.
Canon Digital IXUS 1100 HS, 12x optical zoom, more details.
Canon Digital IXUS 230 HS, 8x optical zoom, more details.

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Olympus has announced the new Olympus PEN E-P3, Olympus PEN E-PL3 Lite, Olympus PEN E-PM1 Mini, and two new lenses, a wide-angle 12mm f/2.0 lens with manual focus (24mm equivalent), and a 45mm f/1.8 Portrait lens (90mm equivalent). Full details at the links below:

Olympus PEN E-P3 Announcement, Preview
Olympus PEN E-PL3 Lite Announcement, Preview
Olympus PEN E-PM1 Mini Announcement, Preview
Olympus 12mm, 45mm Lens Announcement, Preview (in with the E-P3 Preview)

Also announced: new underwater housing, new flashes, and other accessories here, as well as a size comparison between the new Olympus PEN E-P3, Olympus PEN E-PL3, and Panasonic Lumix G3.

Panasonic Lumix GF3 Colours
Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix GF3, a new compact micro four thirds camera, with 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor, 3 inch touch screen, built in pop up flash, 4fps shooting, full HD video (at 25fps), aluminium chassis, ISO160-6400, scroll wheel, and customisable quick menu / function button. The camera will be available in pink, white, black, red, and brown (depending on location) from mid July priced at £499 with kit lens (14-42mm).

More information: GF3 Press Release, and New Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds Lens

Panasonic Lumix GF3 Black