KO/OK: Fuji’s Annual Report 2013 says X-series OK, compact cameras KO

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The Fuji-report says: Strong sales for the X-series! But smartphones killed the compact cameras. Overall loss for the Imaging Solutions.

The AmazonUS ranking confirms: the X-E1 sales well… and better than the X-M1. btw, after the kits, now BHphoto has also the silver X-M1 body in stock here. And AmazonUS has kit and body available for normal price via third party reseller. Things change quickly, so check out the in stock status of the X-M1:

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRevAmazonITA / AmazonUK / AmazonDE / WexUK / PCHstore

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRev / WexUKAmazonDEAmazonITA / PCHstore XC 16-50eBay / WexUK / PCHstore

 FUJI REPORT

Fujifilm has uploaded here at Fujifilm Holdings their annual report 2013. As I already told you here, Fujifilm will cut down 50% of the compact camera lineup (good news, let’s focus on the X-series!). You can read the review of operations report here:

Now, how are the X-series sales? The “performance during the Year [is still] Under Review“. But while the whole camera segment is suffering because of the low demand for compact cameras, the high end cameras of the X-series are in good health. (In their earning presentations report they said “such high-end models as the X-series proceeded smoothly. Measures are being undertaken to swiftly shift to high-end models.”)

“[from the review of operations report] While sales were favorable for products such as the FUJIFILM X-E1, […] and the FUJIFILM X100S,[…] a surge in popularity of smartphones has been causing demand for compact digital cameras to decline. Accordingly, sales in the whole segment were down, at ¥92.0 billion”

Future Initiatives: 1) Expand sales of high-end models and interchangeable lens systems [or as said in the earning presentations reportRapidly expand lineup of interchangeable lenses for premium interchangeable lens cameras by speeding up their development“] . 2) Reduce the number of compact models and substantially revise the model mix, concentrating on differentiated products. 3) Merge with the optical device business, enhancing synergies from development and production through to sales.”

Last thing, also the sales of the X20 are strong, as written here: “In the electronic imaging field, the sales of such premium compact cameras as the FUJIFILM X100S and the FUJIFILM X20 were strong, […]. Fujifilm is working to expand and strengthen the product lineup in the X Series of premium cameras that leverage Fujifilm’s exclusive technologies and, XF Lens Series, interchangeable lens systems, whose market is expected to be growing.”

That’s it, as FR-readers always said, focus on the X-system, everything else is just distraction (and loss of money)… oh, and I just had a brilliant idea to boost sales of the imaging solution departement… it’s called X-PRO2 and X-E2 :)!

enjoy your day
Patrick

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X-M1 (and XF 27mm at BH) in stock now also at Amazon and BHphoto

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Third party reseller Unique Photo is selling a few X-M1 kits for normal price at AmazonUS here. You can find it also at several eBay stores here.

BHphoto has the X-M1 kits in stock here. and also the XF27mm here.

IN STOCK STATUS CHECK

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRevAmazonITA / AmazonDE / WexUK / PCHstore

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRev / WexUKAmazonDEAmazonITA / PCHstore XC 16-50eBay / WexUK / PCHstore

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Available: X-M1 body in stock at Adorama + Lightroom 5.2 Release Candiate (with X-M1 support)

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USA: The X-M1 silver body is in stock at Adorama here. The kits are available at several ebay stores as popflash and kenmorecamera (only one left). So act fast! It’s available also at AmazonUS, but for $200 extra via third party reseller.

EUROPE: a few silver and black X-M1 with 16-50 lens are right now in stock at AmazonDE here (shipped and sold by Amazon). AmazonITA has some bodies in stock.

IN STOCK STATUS CHECK

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA / AmazonDE

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: AmazonDE / DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA XC 16-50: WexUK / PCHstore

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Lightroom Release Candidate 5.2 (and Camera Raw 8.2) is now available to download, with support for the lastest X-series camera, the X-M1. You can download it here.

And in case you don’t have LR5, the best offer is right now at pictureline here (valid till August 31).

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Top 10 Mirrorless Compact System Cameras + Serious Compact Digital Cameras (ephotozine)

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image courtesy: ephotozine

Which are the best mirrorless compact system cameras according to ephotozine here? 8 cameras of the 10 listed in their raking are from Olympus (4 cameras) and Panasonic (4 cameras). The 2 remaing places go to the Sony Nex-3N (3rd) and to the Fuji X-PRO1 (4th). Now let’s see what FR-readers think about it. Do you agree with this list? Let’s make our own ranking and choose the top 3 cameras in this poll.

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ephotozine listed also the 10 best serious compact cameras you can buy at the moment. There are also the (1) X100S and (5) X20 in this list. Read why at ephotozine here.  And again, vote the poll by selecting your top 3 cameras in this ranking.

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More rumors confirm it: X100 firmware update coming soon (end of August?)

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An anonymous source just confirmed the release of an upcoming major firmware for the X100 end of August. The update will have a significant number of improvements and X100 users will be impressed! So wait a bit and don’t sell your classic X100… let’s see if rumors are correct and if Fuji will really be able to impress you!

The number of hints is growing. If you want read the previous X100 firmware rumor and select the improvements you’d like to see on your X100.

best
Patrick

P.S.: You can share rumors anonymously using the rumor box on Fujirumors.

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