(FT2) Olympus future modular camera with tilt-shift option?

The following rumor has been sent by a new source. I post it because I was not able to get confirmation from other sources. Maybe some of you can tell me more about it 😉

According to the new source “One module will use the space that is taken up normally with the mirror to perform tilt&shift functions with the sensor…..so in other words if you think about how tilt and shift was done with the old 5×4 view cameras5×4 view cameras5×4 view cameras5×4 view cameras5×4 view cameras5×4 view cameras5×4 view cameras5×4 view cameras5×4 view cameras5×4 view cameras5×4 view cameras by moving the film plane. The only difference here would be the sensor plane would be shifted……..could be novel because rather than performing tilt and shift in the lenses it would be done with the sensor as in a view camera……this would mean you could have tilt and shift function with zoom lenses!!!

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(FT4) FourThirds revolution

43rumors is now certain that we will soon see a revolution inside the FourThirds product strategy. FourThirds will continue to live and grow but in a different and somewhat unexpected way. According to many rumors we received from many different sources Olympus has made some important decisions:

1) FourThirds will continue to exist. There are two reasons why this will happen.
a) MicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirds cannot satisfy some of the needs of pro-semipro photographers (like fast and reliable autofocus for example). So there is still a need for classic DSLR cameras
b) There are many FourThirds users out there that Olympus don’t want to disappoint

2) Future FourThirds development will focus on High-End products. The low-entry FourThirds lineup will not be developed anymore. We don’t expect any new Olympus E-4xx or Olympus E-5xx.

3) In order to be competitive with cameras like the Canon 7D or Nikon D300s Olympus will introduce some very new technology with the upcoming High-End camera.

4) We received confirmation (from new and “old” known sources) that the Olympus modular camera concept really exists! This innovative camera was supposed to be introduced in 2011. But it is very likely that Olympus engineers are now working to introduce the hybrid-system by end 2010.

We received first details about that camera but we need to confirm the rumors before to post it on 43rumors. If you can help us send us an email to 43rumors@gmail.com
Thanks all for your help!

As usual please keep in mind that we are talking about rumors and there is no official news yet!
(FT1) Only a dream (FT2) Sounds a little more real (FT3) Could be (FT4) Possible, from trusted sources (FT5) It’s done! FT= Four Thirds

(FT3) The Olympus E-3 successor will be the first Olympus modular camera

Easy folks! The rumor has still “FT3” value only (which means there is a 50% chance the rumor will become true). But according to one trusted and one new source the Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3 successor will become Olympus first “modular” camera. The E-5 (or E-4 or something else?) will be truly a revolutionary camera. The goal behind this new camera is to provide an ultimate solution for both FourThirds and MicroFourThirds users.

The new source told me that I should “think the Olympus OM4tiOlympus OM4tiOlympus OM4tiOlympus OM4tiOlympus OM4tiOlympus OM4tiOlympus OM4tiOlympus OM4tiOlympus OM4tiOlympus OM4tiOlympus OM4ti with modular sensor box assembly“. The only modular (non-mediumformat) camera to date is the Ricoh GXR. But we believe Olympus will provide a slightly different solution.

One of my trusted sources confirmed that the next High-End camera will be modular but he didn’t specify exactly how it will work. Sounds like you will be able to change the mount and probably there will be EVF and OVF modules.

43rumors is working to provide you some reliable details as soon as possible. Send me your rumors at 43rumors@gmail.com

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(FT4) Panasonic LX5, GH2, GF2, AG-AF100 and one more surprise?

Few days ago we told you what could come next from Olympus. In the meanwhile some of our sources confirmed our Olympus camera roadmap. Now the question is: What’s coming from Panasonic?

Let’s start with the most reliable rumors:
1) The Panasonic GH2 will be unveiled at Photokina. New sensor design, more megapixel (14?), 1080/50-60p, AVCHD 24Mbit/s.
2) We are also almost certain that the Panasonic LX3 successor (the LX5?) will be announced at Photokina. It will not use the interchangeable MicroFourThirds mount.
3) The Panasonic AG-AF100 m4/3 camcorder will be ready for the market by end of the year (certainly not at Photokina!)

And here the rumors we recieved from good sources but that still have to be confirmed by other sources:
1) The Panasonic GF2 will not come at Photokina! According to our source it will be announced by end 2010/early 2011. I was told that this is the current roadmap form Panasonic but may the competition will force Panasonic to release the camera earlier than expected. The GF2 will have a built-in Viewfinder (read our detailled GF2 rumor)!
2) Panasonic is also working on a ultr-slim m4/3 camera. But we do not have any concrete idea when it will be announced :(

In summary:
– no new camera until Photokina
– GH2 and LX5 almost sure to come at Photokina
– Panasonic is working on two GF cameras. Both could be announced after Photokina (or announced at Photokina but available later)
– new lenses like the 14mm f/2.5 will be announced in June-July (also before Photokina)

Contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com to confirm/complete the roadmap!