In the last few days some news has come up that could change the future of the mirrorless and medium format industry. The first of which is technically still a rumor, but a very firm one. That rumor being that Nikon is buying Samsung's NX technology which includes their sensor, video, and processing technology. Rumors of Samsung leaving the camera industry have been around for months now ever since Samsung starting shutting down their camera business around the world.
Currently, Nikon relies on Sony's sensors for their APS-C mirrorless cameras. This purchase has the potential for Nikon to develop their own sensors and make a big push in the mirrorless market which is on track to be the future of all DSLRs. Since this rumor has yet to be confirmed, I'd expect a major announcement at CES this January.
On the opposite end of the camera industry is Phase One's confirmed purchase of Mamiya who is handing over all of its assets and production facilities. This isn't as big of a deal as it seems since Phase One has owned 45% of Mamiya's shares since 2009. In fact, Phase One sells customized Mamiya bodies and lenses under its own name. This purchase does allow Phase One to take over manufacturing which was completely controlled by Mamiya until now.
So what does this purchase mean? Well Phase One's Vice President, Niels V. Knudsen, said it best, “Phase One is now the only medium format camera company that has full internal control of all critical components in a world class imaging system.”
It's always exciting to see buyouts like this. I'm expecting a big push from Nikon in the mirrorless market since Samsung's sensors are already greatly rated on DxOMark. Phase One, on the other hand, will continue making incredible medium format cameras. However, now that they own Mamiya's manufacturing facilities, they will be able to release powerful digital backs and lenses more frequently.