More bad news for Panasonic: Lumix S9 product page controversy and the use of stock photos


More bad news for Panasonic: in addition to the latest statement from the company's president and reports for the marketing department trying to influence reviewers, Panasonic is now also being accused of using stock photos in their latest Lumix S9 camera campaign. One of the photos seems to be taken with a Nikon camera by... a Nikon Ambassador. Currently, this issue has only been confirmed for Lumix Japan, but it's possible that similar promotions are being conducted in other countries. In summary, some of the photos on the Lumix S9 product page are stock photos, and the camera screen images seem to be composites.

For example, the dog picture from this page:


can be found on Shutterstock:


The next screenshot is from this page:


The birds picture is taken by a Nikon Ambassador:


and the dog to the right is all over the Internet (famous dog!):


The issue is highlighted in the following tweets:

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Kodak dominates the best-selling compact digital cameras in Japan




Compact cameras are recently experiencing a nice comeback and Kodak is currently dominating the best-selling compact digital cameras in Japan:

  1. Kodak PIXPRO WPZ2 (more info)
  2. Kodak PIXPRO FZ45
  3. Kodak PIXPRO FZ55
  4. Nagaoka Movio MAF100
  5. Kenko Tokina KC-03TY
  6. Fujifilm Instax mini Evo
  7. Canon IXY 650

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Ulanzi announced new V-Mount series COB lights




Ulanzi announced two new V-mount series COB lights:

Additional information:

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Sigma to announce a new lens on June 3rd


Sigma is expected to announce a new lens on Monday, June 3rd, at 9 p.m. JST. Stay tuned for the details.

Update: it seems that Sigma will announce a new 28-45mm f/1.8 DG DN ART lens.

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Nikkei: “Digital camera penetration falls below 50%, smartphones emerge, market unable to produce next generation”


A quote from Nikkei's article "Digital camera penetration falls below 50%; smartphones emerge; domestic market unable to produce next generation":

"The penetration rate of digital cameras among households at the end of fiscal 2023 will fall below 50% for the first time in 19 years since the end of fiscal 2004. The demand for compact digital cameras has fallen as smartphone ownership has increased. Japan once had a strong presence in digital home appliances, but is now in a notable decline."

The penetration rate of digital cameras was 77% in 2012.

The latest Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) data indicate that domestic shipments of digital cameras have fallen from 11.11 million units in 2008 to 910,000 units at present:

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Finally someone said it: “camera reviews need to change” or how camera companies are influencing the influencers


If you still have doubts about how camera reviews are done, watch this video by Gerald Undone:

 

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Canon EOS R1 flagship camera spotted at the F1 Grand Prix in Monaco


The Canon EOS R1 flagship camera was spotted at the F1 Grand Prix in Monaco. Here are the pictures courtesy of Federico Basile (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Flickr):

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Light Lens Lab (LLL) announced the development of a new 50mm f/1.5 S21 lens




Light Lens Lab announced the development of a new 50mm f/1.5 S21 lens (see the original lens listed on eBay for over $14k). LLL plans to produce more S21-styled lenses in the future with different focal lengths:

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