(FT4) More about the Olympus E-5

As you remember I received two different camera specs about a FourThirds camera. Both specifications came from “old” good sources. I had the chance to talk again with those sources and they helped me to figure out what’s going on.

The first source that claimed to have seen and tested the E-5 with the 12 Megapixel sensor is sure that this was the final camera. The second source saw a prototype called E-P3 which has the new 15 Megapixel Panasonic camera. After long discussion we “agreed” that the first source is very likely to have seen the final E-5! “Source two” saw a prototype of a future FourThirds camera that could be announced in 2011. I thank both sources for beeing so kind to answer my questions!

I repeat, that is what the first source saw:
“”Oh, will like to let you know that I have seen the new Olympus pro dSLR, the E-5, already. It’s a solid, wicked piece of camera that’s weather sealed just like the Olympus E-3. And, it will be announced prior to Photokina. I don’t have other specs on it, except i have tried it and the focusing is really fast. It still uses a 4/3 lens mount. From what i know, it will support HD video recording as well. The top control panel remains largely the same, and it will also have a flip and swivel screen like the E-3. Oh, the sensor resolution is still 12 megapixels, and it will compete against the 7D. Not sure if the megapixels will play a major role here as well. But olympus is hoping that it’s Zuiko lens can outdo Nikon and Canon. Early samples of photos taken with the E-5 shows that the picture quality is almost on par with the D300s and 7D.“”

It’s still not a solid rumor but I guess there is a 60% chance that this is the real E-5 camera. If you can help me to get closer to the 99% feel free to share your knowledge using the anonymous form on the right sidebar. Don’t be shy ;)
Meanwhile I have also received some rumors from new sources. They talk about some kind of special features regarding the sensor. I am checking those rumors with my sources before to post them on 43rumors.

P.S.: The second FourThirds prototype camera rumor is available here: http://www.43rumors.com/ft4-more-about-the-olympus-e-5-the-puzzle-game-olympus-also-has-a-translucent-tecnology/

(FT1) Panasonic GF2 on google

One of our readers sent a screenshot from a google search result that shows a Panasonic GF2 Amazon advertising. The reader reported that when he clicked on the link he landed on the following GF1 Amazon page. Maybe Amazon is just cheating us with their advertising :(

We from 43rumors heard from our sources that Panasonic is working on an ultracompact GF model but we have no confirmation yet that such a model will be announced at Photokina. What we know for sure is that Panasonic has postponed the GH2 announcement on September 21th.

a little bit of everything…(new Panasonic GF1 and G10 review)


bokeh re/make (GH1 + C-mount Angenieux F0.95 25mm (click here to see the price and specs of the lens on eBay)

Voigtländer news:
– According to Photoscala Voigtländer future lenses could have electrical contacts!
Luminous Landscape: “I would expect many of their other excellent and reasonably priced lenses to become available in M4/3 mount in the days ahead. This is a major boost for the format.”
– Read the user reaction on Rangefinderforum

Panasonic GF1 Review at Photographybay

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45 Review (Photographyblog)

Olympus PEN E-P2  review at PCworld

Amateur Photographer tested the Panasonic G10

(FT5) A “rangefinder” company will release a MicroFourThirds product within few hours…enthusiastic

UPDATE 2: It’s 10pm London time now. I was told that there are only 1 hour left!

According to three of our trusted sources a company (not Panasonic or Olympus) will make an nice new product for MicroFourThirds. That company is expected to announce a new product within few hours. The new product will be produced by a company that also makes rangefinder cameras (IMPORTANT: this doesn’t mean they will come out with a rangefinder body! They also could make a lens or an accessory only!!!).
My “feeling” is that it is not a camera.

In a (maybe too enthusiastic) statement one source wrote that “it is a product that 99% of you want and 20% of you will really buy“. But again take that statement with a grain of salt! The product should be announced tonight between 11pm London time and 2am London time.

We made a list of the most important current rangefinder camera producers:

Leica with the M-seriesZeiss IkonCosina-Voigtländer with the BessaEpson RD1 and RD1xKodak Retina – There are also Mamiya, Bronica and Fuji
We left out Nikon and Canon because we are sure they won’t make products for MFT! I don’t know if I missed mentioning other important companies…

(FT5) UPDATED -> A new MicroFourThirds product is coming within 9 hours!!!

Dear readers!

Our best sources sent us the following message (a few hours ago):

“Within the next 12 hours a new “exceptional” product will be announced. A product that 99% of you want but only 20% of you will buy!”
UPDATE: Those are the words from the sources. Let’s keep our feet on the ground, maybe not everyone will like it (hey I don’t know what it is).

It is something nobody expected and no rumors website has even talked about (so I have been told). I still don’t know what it is…but I am working on it.

“Nobody expected” to me means no GF2/GF3/GH2 and no E-5 or no new PEN.

UPDATE 6: Nor Olympus and Panasonic product. Fuji and Leica are not expected to join MFT with a camera body (Leica already said they are not interested in MFT). My speculation is:
– Sigma, Kodak or Pentax body (but that’s hardly going to happen)
– Zeiss, Leica, Sigma, Pentax or other third party lens
– or something else I hardly can imagine to be “exceptional”. No Adapter or third party viewfinder will ever make me go crazy :)

UPDATE 5: I contacted the first source of the rumor and he told me we should expect the new product to be announced tonight between 11pm (London time) and 2 am (London time). It is definitely a new MicroFourThirds product. He can’t or won’t give me any more details yet. In the meanwhile other sources confirmed that there is no planned Olympus or Panasonic announcement!

UPDATE 4: It’s a MicroFourThirds product!

UPDATE 3: Now 9 hours left. There is also no planned Panasonic announcement. So it could be an announcement from a third brand. I don’t believe Fuji or Sigma or Pentax will come with a MFT camera. And also leica said they will not join the MFT system.

UPDATE 2: Now 11 hours left. We asked some of our sources if there was a planned press release from Olympus or Panasonic. There is definitely no planned press release from Olympus….so you can stop voting for the Olympus fullframe camera ;)

UPDATE: Now 12 hours left. I guess it is a countdown :) We will continually update this post with all the rumors we receive. We are currently investigating if there are planned press releases…

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