(FT5) Bad news: Olympus E-PL8 launch got delayed due the Kumamoto earthquake.

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The already leaked Olympus E-PL8 still wasn’t announced by Olympus. And a trusted source now told me this: The E-PL8 launch got delayed because of the recent Kumamoto earthquake 🙁

So we will have to wait until Sony resumes the production to see when Olympus will announce the camera. And I hope this will not affect the future E-M1II shipping date too!

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Word on the street says there is a possible 2-3 months delay on Panasonic-Olympus cameras with Sony sensor…

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The Komamoto earthquake forced Sony to stop the sensor production for about 6 weeks (expected to resume end of May). Word on the street has it that while both Olympus and Panasonic will not delay any camera announcement the shipment date may be affected. We can expect up to 2-3 months delay.

The E-M1II for example is rumored to use the Sony 20MP MFT sensor. The camera is supposed to be announced in September at Photokina with shipment in October. This could now change with shipment start being more close to Christmas time.

But so far there is nothing 100% concrete yet as the situation is still “fluid”.

(FT4) Some early Olympus E-M1 successor info.

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I got the following info about the E-M1 successor from a good source:

The E-M1 has improved version of the HR mode and a new improved viewfinder. What the conversations I’ve had so far all come down to is that the E-M5mk2 is acting as a proof of concept for the HR mode and improved IBIS (both are closely related). The E-M1mk2 is going to be released to incorporate improved (non proof of concept) versions of those things and the improved viewfinder. Primary goal is to stay competitive with competing offerings. My contacts suggest there are also some surprises included for sure, and some things that may be included but only if required for staying competitive, if not needed those will be kept for future models (and expanded in the meantime). Sadly I have no idea yet what those features are, other then those being related to processing, not to new hardware. The hardware platform is probably already finalized by this time, or will be in the next 1-2 months.

Thanks for the info!


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(FT3) New Panasonic GH5 sensor is made by Sony.

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The current Sony FT sensors listed at Sony.net.

An Asian source reported that about the rumored new Panasonic GH5 sensor:

“Sony has an 18.9mm*13mm M43 sensor designed for Panasonic that could be used in GH5. Very high-end, 24 channel super fast readout speed that BIONZX could not keep up with. Only Panasonic can fully unleash the potential of this chip right now.”

Well, sounds great! Hope this means the GH5 is coming long before Photokina this year!


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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