Sony NEX vs MicroFourThirds

According to very reliable informations on SonyAlphaRumors the Sony NEX cameras will not have in-body stabilization. I guess they wanted to make the camera as small as possible. They will not have built-in flash and no electronic viewfinder (only an optional optical viewfinder). Sony NEX lenses will be bigger than MicroFourThirds lenses. Even the Sony 16mm f/2.8 pancake is bigger than the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 Lens or the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens (the 16mm lens has a diameter of 49mm).

It sounds like the real killer-feature will be the cheap price (and 1080p with the NEX5).

Thoughts about the Panasonic adapter patent

Few days ago we told you about the new Panasonic patent which discloses a new adapter for MicroFourThirds. The adapter camera ads a mirror and phase detection on MicroFourThirds cameras.
Zone-10 and EOSHD analyzed the patent and found something interesting:

Zone-10: “What is specifically significant about this adaptor is the 0.5x optics which effectively halves the focal length of a legacy lens placed on the camera.
EOSHD: “The result is a ‘blur-free image’ with a full frame focal length.


(FT3) About the Olympus E-5 and the 400-series

A fake image of the E-5

Finally some new rumors about Olympus!
You will remember that we told you that the Olympus E-5 release has been delayed because of the MicroFourThirds success. Olympus seems to not have enough production capability for MicroFourThirds and FourThirds stuff. Acoording to one of our known and trusted sources “there are new late changes being made to the E-3/E-30 replacement duo as we speak“. Interesting is the fact that he says E-3/E-30. Could the E-5 be considered as the replacement for both cameras?

He also told me that “there is some confusion right now as to what we want to do with the 400-series E-System group because it is possible that the Pen range could take up the slack here

P.S.: We are 99% certain the Olympus E-5 will be announced soon (between June and September).

(FT5) Sony vs MicroFourThirds – The price war

The upcoming Sony mirrorless camera announcement will finally start a “terrible” price war. According to SonyAlphaRumors the NEX3 camera + 16mm lens will be cheaper than the Olympus E-PL1 +kit lens!

Of course we have to see the specs to make a serious comparison. The NEX3 camera will probably have no internal flash and definitely no built-in Image stabilization. But there is no doubt that Sony has the power to keep the price as low as possible. In some way this is good news for us. Panasonic and Olympus will certainly have to lower the price.