Minox is exiting the digital camera market, while Mamiya and Leaf will combine in recent company announcements following CES.

Minox has cited competition from smartphones as the reason behind its decision, although a report from Amateur Photographer UK suggests falling prices and proliferation of low-priced point-and-press digicams and the ‘hogging’ of shelf space in retail stores have also impacted on the company’s sales. Details can be found here.
A press release from Mamiya and Leaf announces the creation of the Mamiya Leaf brand, which covers ‘fully integrated high-end digital photography systems comprising digital camera backs, bodies and lenses’. The consolidation of the manufacturers enables  photographers to access one stop expert service for all components of both cameras. Both cameras will be available with two native software options: the award winning Phase One Capture One and Leaf Capture. Full details can be found at the new Mamiya Leaf website at www.mamiyaleaf.com