As camera manufacturers release their quarterly financial reports it is instructive to look for comments about product mix and profitability. Shifting a company’s product mix is an important strategy to increase average per unit contribution margin and potentially increase related profitability.
As some of you may already be aware, the Olympus JIP agreement for the transfer of the Olympus Imaging division has been reached. No doubt there will be all kinds of speculation and the Olympus haters will be out in full force. I will do my best to provide readers with factual information as it becomes available.
Recently an interesting JIP interview with Shinichi Inagaki, the Japan Industrial Partners executive in charge of the acquisition of the Olympus imaging business, was published by Toyo Keizai Online. I thought readers may like to see this interview so I have provided a link to the corresponding Photo Rumors article.
I would suggest that you take some time to read this interview as it contains some very interesting information. My observations about the content in this interview follow later in this article.
Earlier today Olympus Corporation announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. (JIP) to carve-out Olympus’s Imaging Business.
I just received some updated information from Olympus on its M.Zuiko Lens Road Map. A copy of that road map is displayed below.
There has been some recent postings about Olympus. Specifically the rumour about the imminent closing of its camera division. The purpose of this article is to provide readers with some additional information on Olympus that they can consider.
Nikon discontinuing the Nikon 1 system resulted in a surprising number of readers contacting me via email. They wanted to know what was going to happen with my photography blog. I explained that the objective of my blog remains unchanged. Continue reading The Objective of my Photography Blog Remains Unchanged
The Nikon 1 product line was recently removed from the Nikon Japan website and the products are listed as ‘old product’ which may mean that the product line is being discontinued. Continue reading Nikon 1 Listed as Old Product in Japan
From time to time I receive emails or phone calls at the office, or comments on this website, in which readers express some concerns about their camera system being discontinued. Orphan camera system risks exist, and they are the subject of this article. I’d like to thank one of our readers, Allan Crook, for a recent comment which was a bit of a creative spark for this article. Continue reading Orphan Camera System Risks