(FT4) Olympus, the calm before the storm?

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43rumors can confirm that Olympus will soon announce a new FourThirds camera. The new camera will replace the E-520. Some of our sources told us it will also replace the E-620.

We have no specs or release date but we hope to know more soon.

P.S: One of our sources told us that the camera will record video 🙂


Both cameras are in Stock at amazon: Olympus E520 and the E-620.

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  • I hope it’s not a replacement for both, because either way people are going to not like that it doesn’t accept their batteries they currently have.

    I’m hoping that my BLMs are compatible.

  • Justin S.

    sweet RE: the possible e-620 replacement…that means a price drop on the e-620 which i was going to get….or if the new one is worth the extra coin, worth waiting for that instead!

  • Rumonger

    “One of our sources told us that the camera will record video”

    About time, the competitions have video already. That is an indication that it has the EP-x sensor or a derivative of it, which has better details over the E620. Let’s hope it also has the E-30 like phase detect AF.

  • marcram

    Agreed! Video is a must these days as it is a cheap (free) add on that dramatically improves the flexibility of the camera. Please give us 60fps 720.

  • Borbarad

    What is Olympus thinking? We don’t need another E620, E520 etc. We need the E3 replacement ASAP!

    B

  • Jules

    The market is not driven by flagship cameras. Nikon earns little from the D3x, Sony earns little from the a900, etc. And typically, those cameras have a longer life cycles than the lower models. After all, they are more about prestige and R&D than about banking money…

    Many of us may want a E3 replacement. Lets face it, it won’t necessarily happen soon and in the end, it may be just an iteration of a product that still perform well by today’s standards.

  • matt

    The idea that they won’t update their flagships as much due to $ doesn’t hold water. They make far more from selling lenses than bodies. I’d be willing to bet that the majority of high priced Olympus glass buyers are getting them for their E-3 not their E-420.

    The fact that they’re taking this long to tell us anything is keeping me from buying any new glass from them. I won’t do if for fear that the new camera won’t keep up with the competition. Plus they’re basically ignoring all of their users like me in favor of the m4/3 market. Who’s to say that isn’t going to be their plan going forward. If I’m not a priority then I’m off to support a company who has a clear direction.

  • Duarte Bruno

    What I hope is that this camera shows us a taste of what to expect from the new sensor that should also bo on the E-P3.

  • Duarte Bruno

    Sorry. I meant “be on the E-P3”!

  • dMS

    I’ve said this before.
    In my opinion, the E-30 will be replaced before the E-3

  • napalm

    those clamoring for an E-3 replacement wont probably buy it as soon as it gets out, esp if the price is a bit high at launch. flagship E-X buyers only consist of a small market. and those who bought E-3 now paid for it at a very low price compared to its original price.

    so its wiser for olympus to sell a “lower spec” upgrade to cater to the mass market. then they’ll probably release the E-3 replacement later on, say Photokina later this year

  • patrick

    Well, E-3 price went up over the last months. Several shops offered E-3 for as low as 800 EUR but right now most retailers demand more than 1000 EUR for a brand new E-3.

    It would be great if Olympus will build kind of modular chassis. A backplane w/ sensor and imageprocessing on it that may be changed by service in order to upgrade to a “Mark 2” version. Price should be in range of an entry level camera such as E-450. Developing an all-new flagship camera will likely cost more than simply upgrading some parts every 2 years.

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