Rumors from Photokina (Olympus)

Photokina is the perfect place to talk with the big guys from Olympus. We collected some news and rumors from users that talked with them. Here a roundup of “rumors” collected from here and there. Cannot guarantee that every info is correct!

1) Fotopolis asked Olympus “What future for smaller SLR cameras? Are you going to let their successors?

Olympus answer was: “We do not have concrete plans to replace the E-620 and other newer Class “entry level” SLR can be completely replaced Pen system, in terms of performance. Current amateur SLR users can move to the Micro Four Thirds system, along with their Four Thirds lenses and use them through an adapter or buy the E-5.

2) A user had a small talk with Olympus Japan. He sounds really honest when he reports the content of the chat:
Translation by Google:
In the conversation with the engineers and managers it became also clear, in which difficult situation the development occurred. Still last year was not clear, whether this rail (E x row, not DSLR in himself!) generally wide should be served. Nevertheless, by the economic crisis the Imaging area has clearly broken. The success of the E-PL1 has provided again something upward wind, nevertheless, the default scarce for the E-5 – she must be profitable from the outset, only than it would be factured. However, after the experiences with
E-3 it was just also clear that the whole one must become an evolution. Now the rest we know.

3) More info I received via email: “The E-5 is the only Olympus DSLR in production right now

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It is now your turn to express your opinion about the new products and Panasonic/Oympus news. Photokina gave us some nice products but the manufacturers also lead us to believe that 2011 will become even more exciting. They promised us new pro lenses, even better cameras and more!

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(FT5) Here is the Panasonic fast MicroFourThirds lens: 25mm f/1.4 (+ fast zoom!)

And finally, here is that fast lens we told you about a month ago. Panasonic says that the following three lenses are ‘under consideration’:

– 25mm f/1.4 lens (It could be a MFT version of the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4? (Click here to see the classic FourThirds lens on eBay))

– Bright zoom (this is the new video lens we are waiting for!)

– Bright Wide-Angle

That’s good news! That’s exactly the lenses we need now. A fast zoom for our GH2, and a fast standard prime.

UPDATE: I like that “etc” at the bottom right of the picture :)

More GH2 rumors…

One of our sources tested the High-ISO image quality of the GH2. It was a short test with a pre-production camera and the GH2 firmware he used is version 0.3 only. Like me he was worried about the results because of the higher-resolution sensor. But we have good news folks! Images at 3.200 ISO are full of detail (so no heavy noise reduction). He has taken some pictures indoor and he couldn’t see any artifacts (bandings or other noise issues). Even in dark parts the image loooks good. Yes there is a slightly improvement compared to the Panasonic GH1. Maybe a 1/2 to 1 stop improvement. Anyway, in a few hours we will know more but the “feeling” is that the new Panasonic sensor+image processor does a better job than on the GH1.

One more thing:
Pictures do have 16 Megapixels in 4/3 mode, 15 Megapixels in 3/2 mode and 14 Megapixels. in 16/9 mode.

Few hours left guys and we will se the new GH2, 14mm f/2.5, 100-300mm f/3.5-5.6 and the 3D lens. The GF2 and prime lenses will be announced in 3-4 months. What else can we expect from Panasonic? According to one of our sources there could be a “surprise”. We re not talking about a real product but about a technology. The source can’t tell me anything about that, but he said it “could” be announced today.
Let’s see…

(FT5) The Panasonic GH2 has a 1.56 Milion dots EVF! GH2+14-42mm kit!

According to one of our sources and the moderator from the french Chassimages forum the upcoming Panasonic GH2 will feature a high-resolution 1.56 milion dots EVF (electronic viewfinder). Very likely it will use the Epson Ultimicron (Click here to read the specs).

Source: Chassimages / Google english translation

The GH2 will be sold with the 14-140mm lens or if you preferr you can buy it with the much cheaper 14-42mm kit lens! I don’t know yet if you can have it body only.

Reminder: The GH2 should be announced in few hours (tomorrow morning between 7-9am London time)