43rumors: Olympus future is more than just the E-5…

As a reaction on all the E-5 comments, I have chosen to write the following post:

I am as surprised as you are about the new Photokina Olympus products (the MFT lenses and the rumored E-5 specs). Those are not what we were hoping for. The past few months I received so many rumors about the Olympus modular system, new electronic shutter Kodak sensor, super43 sensors and more! Over ten(!) good sources from three different continents contacted me to talk about those features. Some of them saw prototypes of such cameras! I don’t believe those rumors are false, not for a second! As I told you months ago (Click here to read the post) I don’t know when we are going to see all that nice new stuff. It sounds like the E-5 will be an “in-between” solution. But that could not be enough! I really hope Olympus will give us some clear answers about the FourThirds future. I know Olympus is reading me, so I ask you: “Can you not reveal us what you plan to do in the future?

P.S.: What is the super43 sensor? A larger 43 sensor, defacto Fullframe :)

(FT5) UPDATED: E-5 uses the same PEN sensor and will be available in October

UPDATE: It is not true that the E-5 will use a new 12MPX sensor.
We just learned that the E-5 uses the same Panasonic 12 Megapixel sensor used for the PEN. Olympus preferred that sensor over the new Panasonic 16 Megapixel sensor (I guess we are talking about the GH2 sensor).

The E-5 should be available in October and be a little cheaper than the Olympus E-3 was when launched in October 2007 ($1699).

We are not sure yet if other Olympus products will be announced after the E-5 (which will be unveiled on September 14).

Reminder -> The E-5 specs:

– Weather-proof (Magnesium) body
– 12.1Megapixel sensor (The same Olympus PEN sensor!)
– ISO 100 – 6400 in 1/3 or 1 EV steps
– AVI Motion JPEG(30fps) HD (720)
– 5fps
– it can take a picture with sound.
– mono mic with stereo external microphone input
– 3 inch LCD with 920.000 dots resolution
– 11 points full-twin cross AF sensor (phase-difference detection system)
– 11 area multiple AF (contrast detection system)
– CF and SD dual slot
– Built-in wireless flash

(FT5) Panasonic GH2 discovered on the beach :)

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have been requested to remove the picture and DVXuser reference :(

The GH2 looks similar to a G2, but got a flash card door on the right like the GH1!


The Panasonic GH2 (along the 14mm, 100-300mm and 3D lenses) will be announced on Tuesday September 21 (the first day of Photokina). It will have a new 18 Megapixel multi aspect sensor. Like the Canon 7D and Canon T2i (550D) this is the highest resolution sensor available for non-fullframe cameras (APS-C or FourThirds). But because it is a multi-aspect sensor the effective resolution will be 16 Megapixel. It is the highest resolution sensor ever used for a (Micro-)FourThirds camera. The new Olympus E-5 (to be announced on September 14) will not use that sensor.

In the meanwhile the GH1 is becoming cheaper and cheaper almost eveywhere (Click here to check the current price). But keep in mind that the Gh1 hack doesn’t work anymore with the newest Panasonic firmware!

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(FT5) One more E-5 leak…

The new edition of the japanese Camera Style Magazine leaks the new Olympus E-5. You can pre-order the magazine (due to release on the 17th Sept) at Amazon Japan. Click on the Magazine cover picture to enlarge it and the E-5 appears on the top right. The subtitle says: “The pursue for the highest picture quality, E-5 the most advanced/best camera from Olympus“.

ME like the subtitle :)

P.S.: Zone-10 just published a very long article about the E-5 and the modular camera rumors: http://zone-10.com/cmsm/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=535&Itemid=1

P.P.S.: Olympus E-P1 (Body Only) for $399 at Amazon (Click here)..ME like the E-P1 :)

(FT5) UPDATED: Panasonic AG-AF101 with 1080 60/50p and for 5.830 Euro (VAT included)!

UPDATE: According to the Panasonic-Broadcast press release they have implemented variable frame rate inside the AVCHD function! Read: “variable frame rates available in 1080p, selectable in 20 steps from 12p to 60p at 60Hz and 20 steps from 12p to 50p at 50Hz. Playback is available at 1080/24p, 1080/25p or 1080/30p. Playback at 1080/60p and 1080/50p are not available on this product.

Panasonic has introduced at IBC a further production stage of the MicroFourThirds HD Camcorders AG-AF101 (which is the European model of the AF100). 70% of the camera development is completed. According to Panasonic the price will be 5.830€ for Europe (VAT included and body only). Whether this is also a lens is to be understood, is not yet clear.

The good news is that it will have:
– variable frame rates up to 1080/60p
– 2.35:1 frame markings in the viewfinder
– simultaneous HDMI and HD-SDI output
– sync timecode through LTC
– LCD will actually be better than the one on the HPX370
– In addition, the camera body is held in modular parts for various enhancements (Example: You can remove the handgrip)

You can get in touch with Barry Green (Panasonic) at DVXuser-forum. And he said: “This prototype isn’t finished yet, so I can’t say some things definitively, but I can say this – I’m done with shooting on DSLRs. This thing is the bomb.” … “As for images – well, imagine a fully-hacked, fully-improved GH13 with better sensitivity and without the aliasing or low-light banding, and that’s a good start. It crushes the 7D/5D for clarity and detail, and I shot brick buildings at every possible zoom setting, and there just isn’t any rainbow moire.
The NEX-VG10 Full HD Interchangeable Lens Camcorder (which has a price of $1999) is placed in a different category. Much cheaper but also less features…

Source: Slashcam.de