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October 18, 2009
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UPDATED-> Fuji employees denies Fuji making m43 camera.

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I received an email from an anonymous sender. He had a small talk with a Fuji employee and the Fuji man denied that they will release a m43 camera soon.
I haven’t classified this as rumor. Fuji employee will never tell you when and if a new camera is coming!

I post you the email text:
I was just at the Henry’s photographic show in Toronto today and was speaking with one of the employees at the Fuji booth. I asked him about Fuji making a m43 camera and he said that they are part of the consortium (which we already know), but he said that there is no product ready or even near ready at this time. Does not sound like Fuji will have anything soon for m43; assuming his info. is correct.

I also spoke with someone at the Sony booth and they said that a major announcement to the product line will be made in 3 months. They would not confirm or deny if it would be a mirrorless, interchangable lens camera.

Thanks anonymous sender!

UPDATE: Our trusted sources still do confirm Fuji will join MicroFourThirds (probably with the release of a new camera by early 2010).

October 16, 2009
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Samsung NX camera shown again!

Since almost one year we are waiting for the Samsnug NX System which is aimed to compete against the MicroFourThirds system. The NX camera has now been spotted in Korea:
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We have no specs about that camera but the lenses probably have IS options (you can see the covered part in the picture)

More infos here: http://k-rumors.com/samsung-nx-shown-again/

October 16, 2009
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Panasonic GF1 Field Report (TheOnlinePhotographer)!

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The Online Photographer falls in love with the ! “…this Panasonic GF1 may be my favorite digital camera ever.

http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2009/10/panasonic-gf1-field-report.html

October 15, 2009
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(FT3) Epson will also release a mirrorless compact camera for PMA 2010?

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Soon MicroFourThirds will get competition also from Epson? Epson could work on their own EVIL System that may be announced for PMA 2010.

Via: http://www.digitalcamera.jp/

October 15, 2009
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(FT3) Epson Starts Mass Production of Hi-res EVF Panel….for Olympus?

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Very interesting! Epsons starts to produce EVF Panel and the BIG question is for whom will they produce it? The EVF is ideal for compact mirrorless systems a la MicroFourThirds. Could the successor (the E-P2?) use this very thin high-resolution and bright EVF? It is possible!

Epson Press Release

Epson Starts Volume Production of Ultra-Compact, High-Resolution HTPS TFT Color Liquid Crystal Panel for Electronic Viewfinders

– Optical viewfinder replacement enables smaller, thinner digital cameras –

– TOKYO, Japan, October 14, 2009 –

Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson”, TSE:6724) today announced that it has begun volume production of a new high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT color panel for electronic viewfinders. Measuring just 0.47 of an inch (1.2 cm) diagonally, the new panels offer SVGA (800 x RGB x 600) resolution in red, green and blue for a total of 1.44 megapixels.
The new panels are targeted at camera manufacturers for use as electronic viewfinders in mid- to high-end digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.

Competition in the digital camera market has reached a fever pitch. Companies are launching new products with higher resolutions and more features at even lower prices. In recent years, more and more consumers have been switching from compact cameras to SLR units in pursuit of better performance and image quality, driving the need for smaller and thinner DSLR cameras with video and other features.

Epson’s new panels meet this need and open a whole world of possibilities for DSLR cameras.

Until now, no electronic viewfinder has been able to offer the resolution and fidelity needed to replace optical viewfinders and to focus the image. Epson’s new panel, developed using HTPS technology, not only makes this possible but also uses an analog driver to recreate smooth gradations and a natural softness. This panel will allow camera manufacturers to eliminate the mirrors and pentaprisms needed for optical viewfinders, enabling much smaller and thinner camera bodies and letting users capture the image they see. In addition, the use of a color filter prevents the color breakup that tends to occur with other color systems when shooting fast-moving subjects and while panning.

Epson has long developed HTPS panels to meet the high-definition, high-resolution needs of its market-leading projector business. Using technology developed for projectors, Epson created this new product to meet the needs of the digital camera market.

This panel is the first in Epson’s new “ULTIMICRON” series of compact, high-resolution HTPS panels that display full color on a single screen for electronic viewfinders and other compact displays. Epson will continue to offer new solutions for the growing DSLR camera market by expanding its lineup with higher resolutions, better image quality, and smaller sizes.

Features of the new panel

* Compact
o Small 0.47-inch diagonal screen enables compact, thin cameras
* High resolution
o High pixel density with SVGA resolution (800 x RGB x 600, 1.44 megapixels)
* Color filter
o Not affected by color breakup that occurs with fast-moving subjects and panning shots when using a field-sequential color system

Advantages when used in a DSLR camera

* High resolution enables easy focusing
* Can capture images as they are seen
* Viable alternative to optical viewfinder
o Avoids the blackout of optical viewfinders when shooting video
o Enables smaller cameras by eliminating need for mirrors and pentaprisms
o Eliminates mechanical time lag caused by mirror

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