The huge MicroFourThirds tecnology success will shortly move other competitors to release cameras with the same or a similar concept.
Nikonrumors found a new Nikon patent for a mirrorless camera system. Zeiss will probably not make any digital rangefinder camera. Latest report are saying that Samsung delayed their first NX camera release. Chasseur dâ€™Image magazine predicts a Leica M9 in September. There are no reliable reports about possible Canon and Sony moves but I suspect they are working on mirrorless cameras.
The only thing we know is that Olympus and Panasonic both will soon release new MicroFourThirds cameras ;)
The very good noisy camera website speculates with the idea that Panasonic and Olympus may want to combine to get Pentax! Of course this sounds crazy to me but may you want to read it for yourself…
I just found an old Ken Rockwell prediction (http://www.kenrockwell.com/olympus/e1.htm) he wrote back in the year 2004:
“My intellect says 4/3 is a fantastic idea, and my crystal ball derived from over 30 years of experience watching trends come and go says 4/3 will be passed over and forgotten. I will not be surprised if this format goes away by 2007. It’s a minority format, like APS and Elcassette.”
Now we are in year 2009 and the include ("buy/e-p1.php"); ?> camera is selling very well, the include ("buy/gh1.php"); ?> is the best hybrid-camera for videos (The Canon 5d is wonderful for stills but gives you less setup choices and no dedicated video-lenses)
What does it mean? Nothing! Only that Ken Rockwell isn’t on the same level as Chuck Norris ;)