Panasonic's director has published a letter stating that the company has no plans to sell off the Lumix camera business.
In the letter, Yosuke Yamane – director of Panasonic's Imaging Business Unit – also declared that it the manufacturer is committed to growing the full-frame and Micro Four Thirds camera series, and after the Panasonic GH5 II (opens in new tab) and Panasonic GH6 (opens in new tab) it intends to bring out even more impressive products.
1) No intention to sell the Lumix business
2) We are committed to grow both the FF and MFT format
3) After the GH5 II and GH6 we are committed to release more impressive products
We first heard chatter that Panasonic might sell the Lumix side of the business in September 2020, when the move was speculated by YouTube duo Tony and Chelsea Northrup. Back then it looked like there was 2021 doom (opens in new tab) in store for Panasonic, which sold fewer cameras than Olympus despite releasing the high performance and relatively affordable Panasonic S5 (opens in new tab).
In May 2021 it was reported again that Panasonic could exit the camera business just like its Micro Four Thirds compatriot Olympus. In an article posted on Diamond Online (opens in new tab) and shared by Photo Rumors (opens in new tab), Panasonic officially announced it would be undergoing a “major organizational restructuring” and outsourcing TV production to TCL in China.
When the rumor first broke in 2019 that Olympus would be selling its camera division, an official spokesperson from Olympus was quick to squash it. In a statement issued to Photofocus (opens in new tab) in November 2019, Olympus said, “For Imaging, however, we currently have np plans to sell the business. The task is therefore to stabilize and strengthen its market position.”
Just over two years later in January 2021, Olympus completed the transfer of its Imaging business (opens in new tab) to OM Digital Solutions.
Whether or not the Panasonic rumor turns out to be true is yet to be seen. Panasonic has assured us via on Chinese microblogging website, Weibo (opens in new tab), they have no intention to sell the business. However, it only took Olympus two years between confirming it wouldn’t sell and completing the sale transfer to OM Digital Solutions.
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