The end of Olympus E-M1X 2021


Blu-By-U

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Unlike desktops and laptops, you can add fans, liquid cooling and etc. Cameras on the other hand needs to be water resistant to a point, dust sealed, light sealed and etc. As consumers, we want it to be robust, fail safe, FAST, huge MP, image stabilized, 4k video, long battery life and silent. So to give all that horsepower, it will need a super processor, and it must work fast and you need volatile memory that is fast. All that generates heat. So what do you expect? So that have to be dissipated somewhere. A vent is a no no, a fan is also a no no. you go figure out how to do that in the minimal of space, weight and cost. then proposed that to Oly. Maybe they will give you an award
 

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All this may be the result of historical events. In 2011, the scandal of a US$1.7 billion fraud within Olympus, exploded into the news. Olympus almost collapsed. A white knight came to the rescue. From 2012 to 2013, Sony bought 11.5% of Olympus. Paying 50 Billion Yen. Which is about US$465 million.
In Oct 2013, Sony introduced Sony A7 and soon after in Nov 2014 Sony A7 Mk2 had IBIS. Now in 2019, Sony has progressed to A7R Mk4.
IBIS on models from Sony A7 Mk2 onwards probably came from Olympus technical know-how sharing. Maybe part of the deal when Sony saved Olympus.
Now everyone is wondering why Olympus camera division never made full frame digital cameras.
Maybe part of the rescue deal is that Olympus cannot challenge Sony in the digital full frame market - for a certain number of years.
If there was no financial scandal and no need for rescue by Sony, Olympus may have gone ahead to make full frame digital cameras with IBIS --- and dominate the market today. But too bad how things worked out for Olympus camera division. It is such a pity when you consider what might have been.
 

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I decided to give up bigger bodies and go with M4/3 due to compact camera with interchangeable lenses...I am a hobbyist...That is how m4/3 started with small sized prime and zooms...I think people like me were their target market when the system came out..Remember the advertisement featuring Kevin Spacey...?...But now it looks they focusing different segment...I am not sure how successful it is....Hope they have done some studies...I want them to survive and bring some great new small lenses in future :)
 

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See.
There is a mistake in the text of the report. 5.8% market share was wrongly attributed to Ricoh in the report. It should be Fuji.
It will get worse.
Survival of the brand does not depend on Singapore market which is too small.
And it does not depend on those who have already bought MFT in the past and who are already invested in the system.
The moment of truth is when NEW buyers go to a camera shop and compare the price, size, features, possible longevity of the format, etc...
Even if one wants to say smaller lighter is better, you can see Leica making Leica CL which is APS-C. As an alternative to their full frame models.
Leica did not choose MFT format. Shoot a photo in low light without flash using MFT and then full frame. Look at the result. It speaks for itself.
Nowadays some full frame mirrorless are only slightly larger than the MFT bodies. Most of them are smaller, lighter (and in the case of Panasonic Lumix DC- S1R, Cheaper) than the E-M1X. But with a sensor that is 3.8 times bigger.
{ I am very happy with my ABC ...... who needs that other XYZ stuff }. Well everyone is entitled to his opinion.
Deja Vu. We have been here before. When 5MP and 8MP digital compacts were introduced, owners of 3.2MP compacts passionately expressed similar sentiment.
It is like that. The human condition.
 

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Blu-By-U

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Very true ricohflex. Each brand that's still surviving today should have something to offer that is different and unique to itself. True of the FF mirrorless bodies, they are small but you cannot say the same of the focal length.

Yeah, be happy with the ABC brand that you have. Learn to compose, work around the limitations of the ABC that you own. If that ABC brand that you have cease to exist, then pray that whatever you have invested in can keep going till you get a DEF. Just be happy with what you have, enjoy photography. Don't be tied down to gears and more gears.

Just remember that whatever you buy, it's outdated and it's not perfect.