(FT5) Next Olympus product announcement in May/June (but no pro camera yet?)

So finally we know when to expect the next new Olympus Micro Four Thirds products. According to many (yes many!) of our trusted sources Olympus scheduled a press release in late May. We will definitely see new lenses (plural!) like the one they have shown us at the CP+ show. There should be two new high quality fixed lenses (12mm and 50mm?). But according to one of our sources Olympus will not present the pro Olympus m43 camera at that event. It is very likely they will announce it 2-3 months later! We are currently investigating if there could be an E-P3 announcement instead. The E-P2 (Check Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay) price is very close to the current E-PL2 (Check Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay) price. That makes us very suspicious :)

Talking with our sources we got the “feeling” that everybody is going a bit slower than it should. A wonder why (Nikon mirrorless? financial crisis?). Anyway, nothing to worry about. What matters is that Olympus releases exactly the pro lenses and camera we need! Maybe our digital Olympus RC dream will become truth 😉
I do hope Olympus did carefully read what Thom Hogan told us about the Olympus future. Despite the very critical (and in my opinion justified) analysis I have no doubt Olympus has the power and knowledge to improve their product strategy and marketing and to develop new stunning products. Let’s hope I am right!

Links to Olympus RC auctions at eBay and the All E-PL2 black kit (camera+lens+flash) that has a $100 price drop at Amazon (Click here).

Reminder: Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

MirrorlessRumors from others (Nikon, Sony and Samsung)

The Micro Four Thrids competition isn’t sleeping and there are a few interesting rumors you should read. I remind you to follow the new MirrorlessRumors website I am working on. There will be many rumors and news about Pentax and Nikon coming soon!  Subscribe the RSS feed (Click here), Follow Twitter (Click here), Join the Facebook group (Click here).

1) The first Zeiss lens for the Sony NEX system will be annunced within a few months and it will be a 24mm f/1.7 (more at SonyAlphaRumors).

2) First pictures of the upcoming Smasung NX lenses (MirrorlessRumors.com)

3) Another Nikon mirrorless rumor message sent by a Nikon manager (MirrorlessRumors.com)

(FT4) Panasonic deleted the release of a mysterious “GS1” camera. 12-50mm zoom lens release postponed!

There are some changes in the original Panasonic roadmap. I have been told by two sources that Panasonic had the plan to announce a new “GS” camera in Spring 2011. That plan has changed and the GS camera will not be announced. It is unclear yet if we will ever see the GS :(
The sources could not (or didn’t want) to tell me more about the camera. I really hope this wasn’t the Micro Four Thirds version of the DMC-L1 model. That would be pity!

Panasonic also made a major change regarding the lens roadmap. The 12-50mm f/2.5-3.3 lens release has been postponed at least until the last quarter of the year. Also in that case I didn’t receive any reliable info about the cause of the delay although I do speculate that the reason is they have not enough production capability to release many new lenses. As you know the 25mm f/1.4 lens and probably a few reworked lenses (like the 7-14mm OIS) are scheduled to be announced in April.

I have quite a few new rumors I am working on and I will post them soon. So stay tuned on 43rumors!

Links:
– DMC-L1 at Amazon and eBay.

P.S.: Hidden message for one of my sources: Dark K. drop me a line if you read that 😉

VERY IMPORTANT: Always keep in mind that those are rumors. Some of them could turn out to be true some of them could NOT!

Reminder: Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

E-PX dreams

43rumors readers do send me hundreds of mails per week and when I am very busy at work I sometimes miss to read them. I just found that mail and E-PX rendering a reader sent me months ago! Auch!

This is not a real camera but I was messing around with sketch up and created an image of what i think the entire community can agree they want in a micro 43 camera.

It features….
-Built in EVF
-High resolution LCD screen
-Built in hotshoe with accessory port (for stereo mic and GPS tagging)
-A shutter speed dial/Exposure setting wheel
-typical menu buttons on the back
-Sensor that turns on EVF when face comes up to the screen.

Here are some general notes
-Could not find a good place for a built in flash
-Camera should have a dedicated movie button
-camera should have a secondary zoom wheel for menu navigation and other things.

feel free to comment and or make your own concepts with sketchup!

In some way the concept is close to the one described by the Panasonic patent we found last year. Clcik here to read mroe about that: http://www.43rumors.com/ft2-panasonic-rangefinder-styled-micro-four-thirds-camera/

Pentax doesn’t want to compete against m43 :)

Pictured above: The Pentax Auto 110 analogue camera.

We just published a few details on MirrorlessRumors.com about the ucoming Pentax mirrorless system. The huge suprise is that it will use a 5.6 crop sensor taht is even smaller than the one used inside the new Olympus XZ-1. So Pentax is not going to compete against the m43 system. I guess it would have been better for Pentax to join the m43 coalition!

More about the Pentax system at www.mirrorlessrumors.com