Panasonic to Invest in Olympus!

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by twokatmew, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Interesting. The article said 30-50 billion yen, which would be about 400-660 million dollars.

    I'm more comfortable with seeing an equity stake go to Panasonic rather than Sony Corp. Micro Four-Thirds should feel more at ease as well. ;)
  2. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
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    Promit Roy
    So Olympus caved after turning away Sony and Fuji, huh? I wonder what Pana offered that the others did not.
  3. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    A decent interest rate and access to 5 axis IBIS and the jpeg engine in return I warrant.
  4. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Olympus simply surviving is going to be good for Panasonic. Olympus still remains a major draw to the Micro Four-Thirds system.
  5. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
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    I think it's a mistake to assume this deal has any relevance whatsoever to consumer digital cameras.
  6. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
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    Olympus surviving is a fantastic thing for us all.
    Let's just hope that both key mu43 players remain viable for many more years to come.
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  7. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    So, THAT'S how the got the new sensor! :D
  8. Ninja

    Ninja Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 30, 2010
    There is also the matter of disclosing the company's financials. I suspect that Olympus' BOD felt more comfortable disclosing these matters to Panasonic than the others which probably would have ended up taking over the company.

    It's a little like the old joke about "How do you pronounce 'Daimler-Chrysler'? 'Daimler', the Chrysler is silent." Daimler got what they wanted from the company and moved on. I think Panasonic will be a more reliable long term partner and the two companies can cross license various things that will be mutually beneficial in developing their products and growing the market for their products.

    Let's hope this turns out to be as good as it seems to be.
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  9. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Good news! Awwwwww, ain't we all just one big, happy family! :biggrin:

    I know what you are saying. But... this will make it a lot easier for them to keep the camera division humming along (hasn't made money in a long while, but still important for image to them).
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  10. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
  11. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 24, 2011
  12. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
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  13. 6x6

    6x6 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    And the "lets make it impossible/extremly difficult to use non-OEM batteries " path of Panasonic?
  14. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 24, 2011
    Yup...didn't see that thread...
  15. Justified_Sinner

    Justified_Sinner Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 11, 2010
    Scotland, UK
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    Dauvit Alexander
    I am not so sure this is a good thing. Competition keeps things keen, even within such a bold collaboration as the micro four-thirds format. If only one manufacturer had come up with this format, would we have had the amazing Panasonic 20mm f1.7 Pancake and the Olympus 12mm f2 as well as the GH2 and E-M5? I think not. This competition led to development to get the edge and in the process became so successful that it brought third-party developers to the table.

    Look at Pentax, Nikon or Sony's feeble attempts at mirrorless... very few native lenses and (excepting the NEX) less-than-stellar image quality.

    While I think that the format is established now and will continue to be somewhat successful, I am worried about the rate of continuing development.
  16. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
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