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With the GH4 buzz some of the important Olympus news may have been missed. Here is a roundup!
Olympus financial results got better thanks to the OMD line. And that’s why Olympus claimed in their latest report that they want to focus their resources on new OMD camera development and OMD marketing. But what should be done to compete against the competition?
No rangefinder designed PEN:
Mr Terada from Olympus made it clear that the optimal position for an EVF is on the lens axis. This basically kills the rumor from a Japanese Magazine saying there would be soon a new PEN with integrated EVF in the corners.
That’s it for now. Let’s see if trusted sources can soon tell us more about the Olympus 2014-2015 strategy!
Panasonic shows lens roadmap (no changes) and new pictures of preproduction 15mm and 35-100mm lenses.
Images via DC.watch.
During the GH4 presentation in Tokyo Panasonic showed again their MFT lens roadmap which includes the 15mm f/1.7 Leica and 35-100mm compact zoom. Still no news about the exact release date and pricing. But you can see two more pictures of preproduction version here:
A Japanese magazine is speculating about a soon to be released new PEN camera with integrated viewfinder. Well it’s possible this will happen and Olympus certainly needs to create some buzz on the PEN system after the OMD system did “steal the show”.
As you know for the latest Olympus financial reports (Click here) PEN sales were lower as expected and they need to clear the confusing PEN strategy. E-Pl, E-PM, E-P, are three small different PEN lines really necessary?
A source just told me the following:
Olympus is preparing a small firmware update to the 3 OM-D cameras as well as the E-P5. To be clear, this update will not bring focus-peaking to the E-M5. However, it will add several new features when shooting through the viewfinder (VF-4 only for the E-P5). These features will…. surprise.
And as I reported on Saturday a new E-M1 firmware update is planned to improve audio recording levels of 3 steps up to 21 steps.
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