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 DSLR-Forum.de 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“