Olympus to sell off camera division


tommyk

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This Olympus marketing guy says - E-M1X, but it is selling pretty well.

What does pretty well means? Funny, he did not disclose sales figures at all, he should substantiate it at least in their strongest region, like Japan.


500 units worldwide?

Has more than 10 person in Singapore bought it?

Olympus always has good lenses, the issue is not with their lenses at all.

Its the sensor.

To simplify -

Olympus : Average Sensor + Great lenses = Above Average images

Look at Sony : Great Sensor + ( Above Average lenses to Great lenses ) = Great Images

Thankfully Olympus seems to have loyal users, but they will switch?

Has anyone here switch from Olympus to other makers and regret it?
 

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Olympus : Average Sensor + Great lenses = Above Average images
Look at Sony : Great Sensor + ( Above Average lenses to Great lenses ) = Great Images
Thankfully Olympus seems to have loyal users, but they will switch?
Has anyone here switch from Olympus to other makers and regret it?
I switched from Canon to M43 (Panasonic first) then to Olympus and never regret it.

Honestly, I do not think that by using a Sony A7 Mk4 with an Average lens will make
my images from Average to Great.

I also personally know a wedding photographer using Olympus and some of his
shots sent to competition actually won awards.

Photographer skills matter much more than camera gear.

Another point. Due to the much larger sensor size, I honestly believe
a FF image is of a higher quality, but I don't think the difference
is as large as between "Great" and "Average"
Maybe 5-10% difference I think (from my experience with a Canon 5D with L-Lenses

There are several comparisons on the internet between FF and MFT.
The following is only one of them
 

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After Panasonic and voiced its optimism on M43, Sigma also say the same :)

 

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Some of the old Zuiko film era lenses (Made in Japan) are good.
For example 100mm F2 Zuiko, 21mm F2 Zuiko.

Not all Olympus lenses for digital are good. At least one of their cheap kit lenses made for digital cameras is bad.
Not much confidence if Olympus shifts all production to Vietnam.
Consumer may not feel good to pay top dollar and get a lens and body made in Vietnam.
Made in Japan and Made in Germany have greater esteem.

Sony makes sensors and sells them to other camera manufacturers.
Naturally Sony wants to reserve the best sensors for itself.
Which is Sony shortchanging its sensor customers - who are also its competitors.
For example, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji, Pentax, Phase One, Hasselblad, etc
Once they depend on Sony for sensors, they are always at least one step behind.

Can these companies develop their own in-house sensor manufacturing?
They cannot.
They do not have the industrial might, financial clout, manufacturing scale and scientific R&D to do so - and survive commercially.

CMOSIS is a renowned European specialist for advanced CMOS image sensors.
They make sensors for latest Leica camera models.

Some models of Canon used Sony sensors in the past.
Now Canon claims to make its own sensors for some of its camera models.