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October 12, 2009
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(FT4) Olympus E-3 successor will be unveiled in 2010.

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Since weeks we try to get some more infos about the long awaited E-3 successor. We received rumors from here and there and only now we are getting an idea what’s happening. Remember this are rumors only and not official Olympus news. We have no affiliation with Olympus and read our disclaimer at the bottom of the left sidebar if you need to understand what the word “rumors” means.

At the beginning of the year we thought to know the E-3 successor will be unveiled at the end of 2009. It should be an upgraded E-3  camera. Now our sources told us that the huge MicroFourThirds success may has changed their roadmap. Of course there will be an E-3 successor but the release may has been postponed. Probably there will be NO! E-3 successor this year. One new source said “this will be a complete new developed camera“. A trusted source told us that “the E-5 will be a revolutionary camera, not just an E-3 evolution“. Anyway all sources do confirm that Olympus will continue their engadgment in classic FourThirds cameras and lenses.

Some of our sources do believe the E-5 will be a mirrorless High-End camera.

In summary (remember it is a rumor!):

1) there will be no E-3 successor this year

2) The E-5 may be a mirrorless High-End camera

3) classic FourThirds camera and lens development will continue but Olympus priority is to develop new MicroFourThirds products.

4) After the Olympus is ready to announce the second MFT camera on October 31th ;)

Thanks to all our sources for sharing their infos.

The 43rumors team

October 12, 2009
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MicroFourThirds finally becoming competition from Sony???

Bild 1Hi, I know from a good source that Sony already has a pocket-interchange camera. This camera is in the field, some user are testing it now. This is a DSC-Cyber shot APS-C sensor camera with just 3 interchange prime lenses (G lens) 16mm, 35mm and 60mm. -No EVF on camera (I don´t know if optional) -LCD 3″ 921.000 dots -APS-C CMOS 14MPx -Alpha-Minolta hot shoe -IS on camera -flash on camera -contrast af It will be announce in PMA10.

Source: SonyAlphaRumors.com

October 11, 2009
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(Speculation) Is Olympus working on a compact model a là Leica X1 and Sigma DP2?

Last week our old server crashed two times. We had to make some space and we checked our database and old posts. And we noticed something we havn’t noticed before. I want to list you three rumors:

1) According to Mr. Watanabe (which has been interviewed by amateurphotographer) Olympus is working on camera above and below the E-P1. Source: http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk

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2)One (or both) camera will have an electronic viewfinder and faster AF and not get any bigger in size than E-P1

http://www.lemondedelaphoto.com/Entre-chat-a-propos-de-l-Olympus,2341.html

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3) Zone-10 wrote a very long article over the E-P1. It is a very interesting text and they included following prediction:

“I fully expect to see Olympus introduce a “pocket-camera” Digital Pen that does not take interchangeable lenses. It will have an extending zoom lens, or another model may have a fixed 35mm equivalent lens which will close up flush. The Infinity Stylus Zoom film cameras would be good cameras to model this after.  The clamshell or sliding cover design is still viable and I have one which goes most everywhere with me. But pocketability is not in the design specification for the E-P1 and nor should it be–let that be a feature for another model based on the same sensor design.”

http://zone-10.com/cmsm/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=438&Itemid=1

In summary if Olympus is working on a model belove the E-P1 and that model will probably not be bigger in size…Zone-10 may be right and Olympus is working on a “compact E-P1″ with non interchangeable lenses! A cheaper Leica X1 copy?

October 9, 2009
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(FT3) Olympus MicroFourThirds announcement on October 31th

A dpreview forum user says.

I received several Olympus mailshots today about their presence at the third annual Utrecht photo fair (Dutch website http://www.zoomexperience.nl) which happens to be taking place on the weekend of October 31 / November 1. No such e-mails in previous years so perhaps they’re doing something bigger there this year – go spend your 8 euros for a chance of seeing the first (wood, black leather or whatever) mock-up of that Ex or EPy !

found via: photorumors.com

As always 43rumors is working to collect all rumors about the next Olympus camera. If you find something interesting write us at 43rumors@gmail.com ! Thanks!

October 7, 2009
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Nikon and Canon do NOT plan to release a m4/3 concurrent system?

Canonrumors has a rumor which is saying that Canon isn’t working on a APS-C compact AND interchangeable lens system. Also Nikonrumors is saying that Nikon will probably ONLY announce a Leica X1 clone.

Our sources do confirm both rumors. So nothing to worry for MicroFourThirds? Not yet but soon the battle will begin…

P.S.: Panasonic GF1 camera with 14-45mm Lens is in stock again at amazon US

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