(FT4) Fuji joins MicroFourThirds???

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Just received this:

Fujifilm is moving to M4/3rds with a new body that will have an EXR sensor inside it. The official announcement about Fuji’s joining to the M4/3 system will be made a few weeks before the camera announcement itself next PMA season (Jan/Feb 2010).

The new camera body –tentatively named: Micro-S10EXR (MS10), will have a 4/3rd 12MP EXR sensor, that shares a lot of its technologies and modes with current Fuji EXR compacts, just in a much larger sensor area and pixel size. The MS10 will be intermediate in form factor between the and the . It will have sensor shift stabilization, a substantial hand grip, tilt & swivel (similar in design to D5000), and a built-in EVF that is more akin to the EVF’s of Fuji compacts than to that of the GH1. The entire body is made by Fuji or designed for them specially to fit the MS10 (ie nothing is cloned from any of the current M4/3 bodies except for the mount & standards of course). For lenses however, the MS10 will have to use any of the available lens options for M4/3. The camera will be marketed with EXR sensor as its main selling point.

weeks ago Mr. Akira Watanabe said this:
Journalist: On the possible involvement of Fujifilm, which has signed the launch of System 4 / 3, but has nothing concrete in terms of equipment, and its sensor division, which produces SuperCDD more innovative than sensors fitted Panasonic Olympus equipment.

Watanabe: Olympus can not say anything about its commitments with its official or unofficial subject to confidentiality agreement that it is impossible to break.
Sounds like Fuji will definitely join us! ;)

UPDATE:

Also Sony, Nikon, Ricoh, Samsung and Pentax are working on a mirrorless camera system. But they will all have their own mount (no MicroFourThirds)
UPDATE2: Also photorumors received the same email from the same source ;)

The product of the year is the...

  • Panasonic GH2 (32%, 1,150 Votes)
  • Voigtländer 25mm lens (17%, 598 Votes)
  • Olympus E-5 (15%, 530 Votes)
  • Olympus E-PL1 (12%, 450 Votes)
  • Panasonic GF2 (5%, 183 Votes)
  • Panasonic AG-AF100 (4%, 160 Votes)
  • Olympus 9-18mm lens (4%, 150 Votes)
  • Panasonic 14mm lens (2%, 81 Votes)
  • Panasonic G2 (2%, 70 Votes)
  • Panasonic 100-300mm lens (2%, 70 Votes)
  • Olympus 14-150mm lens (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Noktor 50mm lens (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Lensbaby for Micro Four Thirds (1%, 23 Votes)
  • Panasonic 8mm fisheye (0%, 17 Votes)
  • SLRmagic 35mm (0%, 13 Votes)
  • Olympus 75-300mm lens (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Panasonic 12.5mm 3D lens (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Olympus 40-150mm lens (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Panasonic G10 (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,601

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  • Jeff

    THIS is what I’ve been waiting for, I hope so so much for this… Ever since fuji joined the 4/3 consortium… I’ve been waiting for the successor to the S5 for 4/3, and this is even better if it’s an m4/3! I hope I hope I hope!

  • alfons

    Love you Fuji <3

    No question what my next camera will be. Just make it simple and professional ;)

  • Andrew

    Fuji has some of the best sensor technology, the S5 has no real noise even at 1600. This sounds great!

  • SkyZ

    If Fujifilm really release a m4/3 camera with SuperCCD, goodbye Leica (M type body) and jealous to all those early C mount collectors, movie lenses’ price will be sky high (10 times or even higher than 3 years ago) on eBxx………………..

  • Luc

    It’s terrific that downgrade for Fuji…
    From Sx series to that???Unbelievable…

    Bah.. What sorrow… Micro..
    Where is FF, Fuji???

    Micro?4/3?Keep it Fuji… Keep it in a cool place, in a fridge..
    Where is organic CMOS?Where is SCCD FF?

    How disappointing that news is…

  • Alfons

    Hey, Fuji, don’t forget the film simulation modes! I love my film <3

  • I don’t know why people would be happy about this. This Fuji 4/3 camera can not possibly have the image quality of the Sx-Series. 4/3 sensor too small for serious photography. Heck, even though I love it, the S5’s sensor was not large enough nor did it have enough MP.

  • Thomas

    a new fuji might easily outperform E-P1 and GF-1 in terms of high iso quality, with adaptive pixel binning and different sensor modes, when they keep the pixel count low to about 8-10 mpixel. that’s no competion to leica at the moment in terms of image qualität, but price also play a major role in successfully introducing new gear…. i hope to see a new member in the m43 world soon, positioned above gh1 in terms of image qualität and build, no need no be optimized for video.

  • @ GPodPDX

    I politely disagree with your comment that m4/3 is not good enough for serious photography. I just completed a shoot for a major publication – 2 features, one being a fashion spread and while I had my Canon 5D and a Contax 645 rig, half of the pictures that were selected for the features were shot with a GF1 and the Olympus 17mm 2.8 lens (yes, the one people like to trash).

    If your definition of “serious” means huge wall sized prints, than perhaps you are right, but professionals like myself are finding the platform to present viable photographic tools.

  • lollll

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