Fuji X-H2 is definitely not coming in 2020…but will it really come at all?

The Fuji X-H1 is the only Fuji APS-C camera with on sensor stabilization yet and it’s now officially marked as discontinued. Fujirumors reports that Fuji will definitely not announce anew X-H2 in 2020 and at this  point my  guess is that there won’t be a successor at all.

Make it simple Fuji and just give us the perfect X-T4 with ons ensor stabilization  :)

BCN reports that Canon and Nikon have lost their full-size war agaist Sony this year

BCNranking reported the full year Japan sales stats of the tree big companies. And it’s a clear defeat fro Canon and Nikon!

The graph on top shows that Sony managed to increase unit and value sales in all areas. Canon and Nikon reported losses in all segments with the one single exception of the Canon FF unit sales that went up 6% (but value sales were down 7%).

Sony sales increased in all areas:

– Overall: 19% unit and +32% in value sales
– APSC: 19% unit and +44% in value sales
– Full Frame: 18% unit and +17% in value sales

As a result this year Sony managed to surpass Canon in the FF market:

What’s also interesting to see is this graph that shows how FF is still a small market compared to non-FF (APS-C and MFT) cameras:

Would have been nice to se what other companies like Olympus-Pentax-Panasonic are doing but BCN shared no data on them.

Panasonic has sold its semiconductor business

Well, if you ever hope to get the famous Panasonic-Fuji organic sensor that was announced years ago…well this is going to be a bad news :(

Panasonic announced it will sells it’s sensor business! Here is the press text from Reuters:

TOKYO, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Panasonic Corp said it would sell its loss-making semiconductor unit to Taiwan’s Nuvoton Technology Corp for $250 million as the Japanese electronics giant struggles to lift its profit amid a lack of growth drivers.

The sale is part of Panasonic’s plans to cut fixed costs by 100 billion yen ($920 million) by the year ending in March 2022 by consolidating production sites and overhauling loss-making businesses.

Panasonic has already divested most of its chip business as it lost to more nimble Korean and Taiwanese rivals, and has shut down or shifted its manufacturing facilities to its joint venture (JV) with Israel’s Tower Semiconductor.

Its semiconductor unit currently focuses on designing power-management chips and sensors for smartphones, cars and security cameras. It sold part of the power management chip business to Japan’s Rohm Co this month.

The latest deal includes the sale of the entire JV, which is owned 51% by Tower and 49% by the Panasonic chip unit. The JV operates three Japanese chipmaking facilities.

Panasonic said the sale will not have any significant impact on its earnings. The value of the deal that Panasonic has announced excludes the amount Nuvoton would pay for Tower Semiconductor’s stake in the joint venture.

Nuvoton said in a statement the all-cash transaction was expected to close by June 2020, and would “increase Nuvoton’s presence in the global semiconductor industry through greater scale and volume of semiconductor solutions”.

Nuvoton, which was spun off from Winbond Electronics Corp in 2008, supplies chips for electronic devices including computers and audio products.

Panasonic has turned its focus away from low-margin consumer electronics and bet on businesses that sell to automakers, as well as to corporations such as factory-owners and firms that automate processes.

But the shift has failed to lift profit at a time when the U.S.-China trade war has hit industrial purchases and output, and the global car market is contracting. (Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki in Tokyo; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei, Neha Malara in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

it may be that Panasonic will still keep developing their organic sensor tech but now they will probably have to ask Sony or Samyang to eventually produce them…

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