Fuji goes mirrorless with a digital TX system? What we all hear so in german restaurants :)

An anonymous source just got info about a new Fuji mirrorless camera in a very unconventional way:
I was sitting in a German restaurant yesterday and listened to a conversation of a Japanese guy with a German guy in -broken – English about Fujifilm working on a digital / like panorama camera with a larger extra wide sensor and the possibility to switch to normal image ratios. The special point was about a nearly doublewide sensor for improving panorama image quality.
Have you heard something about such a camera already?

So is that the future Fuji TX system? No idea! But it sounds good :)

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Sony has 15% of the DSLR Market Share (NEX-3 discontinued)


Bloomberg reports that “Sony may control about 15 percent of the global market for single-lens-reflex cameras by the end of March, Masashi Imamura, president of the Personal Imaging & Sound Business Group, said in an interview in Tokyo yesterday. UPDATE: (Does Sony sum mirrorless and DSLR to reach the 15%?)

And Sony is certain to grow further with the help of new products that will be introduced soon. The next camera should be the NEX-C3 (Source: SonyAlphaRumors). The rumor is backed up by the fact that Sony Japan officially discontinued the [shoplink 100079]NEX-3[/shoplink]!

Leica official statement about the “Mirrorless Rumor”.

Some news from Leica is coming via Amateur Photographer:
In a statement issued this afternoon a Leica spokesman said: ‘Leica has been producing mirrorless cameras since 1954 (starting with the M3, and even before this, if you consider the screw mount cameras).
‘With the , we have the most compact, full format, mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses on the market.
‘Of course, we won’t stop with the M9, but it is definitely too early to discuss a successor to this model.’

What do you think?

Leica mirrorles camera soon? A Panasonic GF clone or not? (DSLRmagazine)

Valentin Sama from DSLRmagazine is not certainly someone that spreads rumors without having heard something from his reliable sources. We already told you on MirrorlessRumors that Leica is definitely going to make a new mirrorless system, without the expensive rangefinder system. We have been told that the complex rangefinder part of the costs alone $1500 Euro! Valentin Sama doesn’t know yet if the Leica mirrorless camera will be a clone or something completely new. One thing is certain, it will not have a Kodak sensor. The reason is that Kodak doesn’t have any CMOS sensor (which you need for live view). So the choice seems to be between the Panasonic Micro Four Thirds and the Sony APS-C sensor. Leica once said they didn’t join the m43 group because the sensor was to small. So what will it be a MFT camera or something completely new (and with Sony sensor)?

Links:
– The Leica mirrorless system will allow you to take use of the .
– The Panasonic GF1 at
– The Leica M9 at

In Germany: 8% of all system cameras are mirrorless!

It is very difficult to get an accurate idea about how well mirrorless cameras are selling in european and american markets. Only the japanese market shares exact percentages and we know that almost 40% of all sold system cameras in Japan are mirrorless. But finally the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK) studied the german digital camera market. According to their research 8% of all sold system cameras are mirrorless (year 2010)!

In 2010 nearly 10% of all Germans bought a camera. The sales growth was about of 1.05 percent (total of 8.65 million cameras sold). The demand for SLR cameras and system cameras with interchangeable lenses increased up to 960.000 cameras (up 6.7 percent). Analysis shows that the buyer system for cameras with interchangeable lenses preferred are those that previously photographed with compact cameras. Consumers do professionalize their photo equipment constantly and buy all three to five years a new camera.

via Photoscala.

The five new Samsung NX lenses are now official (no surprise)

That wasn’t really a secret anymore. The press release with images have been already posted here two days ago but now it it officially official :)
Samsung will release five new lenses during 2011:
18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS (May)
16mm F2.4 (July)
60mm F2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA (August)
85mm F1.4 ED SSA (October)
16-80mm F3.5-4.5 OIS (December)


Source: Samsungimaging

Read the whole press release after the break:

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New NX roadmap leaked by Samsung itself!

Image source: Blog.Naver.com

Unlike other mirrorless companies Samsung doesn’t want to make a big secret about their future plans! At a korean presentation (Source: naver.com) Samsung showed a powerpoint presentation with the future camera and lens roadmap! Those are the key points:

1) The NX line will have three categories, NX100, NX10/11 and NXclassic (what is that?)
2) A new 700mm lens
3) New GPS module
4) there will be five new lenses this year. The first to be released is the movie pro 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 (May), than we have the 16mm f/2.4 (July) and than the 60mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 in August. A fifth lens, the 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 will be announced within 2011.

You can see the full presentation at Blog.Naver.com.

It sounds like the roadmap we leaked weeks ago is correct. Take a look for yourself (Click on it to enlarge):