Nikon, Sony and Panasonic new April product announcements to be delayed?

Nikon Sony and Panasonic are the three companies that should announce new mirrorless products in April. But the earthquake disaster may will force them to delay the new product announcement.

Nikon officially suspended the operations at the Nikon plant at Natori in Sendai “We are unable to announce how soon the operation will resume due to the regional interruption of life-lines although endeavor for restoration are under the way by some of our maintenance personnel.“. And “Injury is reported to some of our group employees. We are currently continuing to gather safety information of our personnel and its family members.

Panasonic said that “A few employees working at the Fukushima factory, the Sendai factory of AVC Networks Company and at the Koriyama factory of Panasonic Electronic Works received minor injury. Some part of the ceiling and wall were damaged, but there has been no fire or collapse. As regards the impact on our business operations we are in the process of investigation

Sony halted and evacuated six factories in northeastern Japan: “The company is assessing the impact of power outages and damage to its facilities in the region, which make Blu-ray discs, magnetic heads and batteries.

More rumors about the “Nikon Coolpix PRO” mirrorless coming in April

Image from a Nikon patent (Source: Nikonrumors.com)

A month ago we told you that Nikon would announce their new mirrorless system in April. Now Nikonrumors got new confirmation from their sources: “Today I received some information from a reliable source that Nikon indeed will be targeting professional users with their mirrorless solution rather than the consumer market. I was told that the announcement will be in the next few weeks.

We from Mirrorlessrumors do believe that Nikon’s “PRO” system will not be a full frame nor an APS-C sensor based system. They will more likely use a smaller 2.5 crop sensor (Micro Four Thirds has a larger 2.0 crop sensor). It sounds like PRO is more a marketing suffix :)

Latest rumors: Panaosnic 25mm lens, Samyang fisheye lens and Pentax will join mirrorless

There have been three new rumros about upcoming Mirrorless products:

1) Panasonic will announced the 25mm f/1.4 lens this summer (Source: Amateur Photographer)
2) Samyang announced the development of the 7.5mm f/3.5 Micro Four Thirds lens (Source: 43rumors)
3) Pentax is considering developing a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. (Source: PhotoRadar)

Reminder: The next products to be announced are the Panasonic G3 in late March and the Sony NEX-C3 early April.

Olympus data shows the worldwide mirrorless share (via Megapixel)


Image courtesy: Megapixel

At a presentation in Israel Olympus disclosed some nice graphs. First of all they did show the graph above with the worldwide Mirrorless shares (Olympus calls them “Pen-type”). And as you can see on Megapixel (Click here) Mirrorless cameras are very popular in Asia.

Olympus clear message is that Mirrorless is THE future and classic DSLR will be a niche within 5-10 years. One more thing, a PRO pen camera will hit  the market in 2-3 years only!