The best 2019 cameras according o Dpreview

Dpreview awarded the best cameras of the year. What’s noticeable is that there ain’t any DSLR in their list:

Best compact/fixed lens camera: Ricoh GR III
Best consumer stills / video camera: Panasonic Lumix DC-S1
Best entry-level ILC: Canon EOS M200
Best midrange ILC: Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Best high-end ILC: Sony a7R IV
DPReview innovation award: Fujifilm GFX 100
DPReview product of the year, 2019: Sony a7R IV

LOL: I just spotted someone using the Mamiya 7 at the Trump impeachment hearings

I do own two Mamiya 7 cameras and was therefore super surprised to see a journalist using the very same camera at the Trump impeachment hearings. If you can find out who this guy is I would love to see those photos once he has developed and digitalized them….which means it might  take weeks before we see those photos on  the web  :)

Note: Please resist from the temptation to make any political comments. This isn’t the place.

Olympus pleases US investors and says all options are on the table…also selling the camera business

Since months U.S. hedge fund ValueAct Capital Management, which owns 5% of Olympus is pushing  Olympus to sell their camera business. Today Bloomberg writes:

Takeuchi also backtracked on some of his comments in the past that the camera business was not for sale, saying that may not be the case anymore. The imaging unit, which makes up 6% of sales, is the lowest margin and lowest growth businesses in Olympus’s portfolio, according to past company presentations. Olympus is working to stabilize the imaging business by focusing on its main markets, a spokeswoman said.

Years ago we had a similar situation with Sony  where another US investor tried to push Sony to sell their electronic business. Sony was open to discuss the idea but than dismissed it. My  guess is that Olympus is doing a similar play here. They have to say they are open for discussion but will do everything to keep their Imaging Business.

Still, it  is damaging for Olympus to have to make such a statement as it creates confusion and mistrust. So even if they keep the camera business people will have a hard time trusting  joining MFT.

Likely wrong Canon EOS-M specs making their round on the web…

A set of Canon EOS-M rumors is going around the web. But as I know the source of them very well I give it 0,0001% chance these are correct. So why post them here? Because everyone is posting them and some of you asked me what I thought about them. So here is my gentle answer: these are likely BS  :)

Canon EOS M50 Mark II / EOS M60

  • 32.5mp APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 8
  • UHD 4K 30p / 24p
  • Full HD 120p
  • Rear monitor 3 inches 1.04 million dots Vari-angle touch panel
  • Announcement date September 2020

Another Canon EOS M camera

  • 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 3rd generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology / Eye AF compatible
  • Rear monitor 3-inch vari-angle touch panel
  • Announcement date Before July 2020
  • Price $849 with kit lens

via CanonWatch (and via TheOneSourceThatAlwaysGetsItWrong).