(FT5) continuely UPDATED-> Ladies and Gentleman… 43rumors has the first Olympus E-P2 image!

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You can see the E-P2 near the ! The E-P2 comes in black!
Google translation of the chinese text:

* Body jacket CSS-S10BWT (White) CSS-10BBR (Brown) CS-10BBK (black)

White (CS-10BWT) or brown (CS-10BBR) or black (CS-10BBK) three types of options.

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Here the other pictures:
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Google translation:
* Electronic viewfinder VF-2

An external installation, E-P2-specific high-resolution electronic viewfinder, which has 1.44 million pixels, 100% field of vision and 1.15x magnification, while the ultra-high contrast and brightness characteristics of the video camera can even add an external color comparable to the viewfinder. It also provides a refractive adjustment function.

* Can not be installed on the accessory shoe used in conjunction.

external_mic

“• External microphone adapter, EMA-1

Shoe accessory attachment port and allows you to use the optional stereo microphone to achieve high-quality stereo linear PCM recording.

* Can not be installed on the accessory shoe used in conjunction.

UPDATE: Olympus sends invitation for a big camera event…in Sweden!
sweden_rules

Original swedish Invitation is available here: http://circular.olympus-imaging.eu/
Google translation:
On Friday, we show a world first.
And you are especially welcome.
Hi all photo interested!

Welcome to the Photo Fair 2009 on 13-15 November at the Stockholm International Fairs.

Time for this year’s event and photos as you like Olympus is particularly welcome! You may be among the first in Europe the chance to see autumn’s big news camera. We offer a pleasant nostalgia. You will meet Sweden’s hottest idol photographer, meets all of our models and compete for great prizes.

See you at the photo exhibition 2009!

UPDATE2:

countdown
Countdown for the Olympus E-P2? http://focus.it168.com/focus/200910/oly_newpen/index.html

Zhou wrote me following text:
IT168.com is a big website of IT hardware and 3C stuff in China. These days they launch a countdown with Olympus of Oly’s NEW PRODUCT ON M4/3 SYSTEM! On the page the draft picture is an estimated one of the new m4/3 camera. The unveiled date will be NOV. 6th.

UPDATE3:
e-p2
Upsized photo.

UPDATE4:
Olympus E-P2 announcement expected on Thursday 5 November (we are still waiting for some 100% proove of it).


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  • Albert Chen with FourThird

    That’s a bad news……

  • So we don’t see any lackluster GN-4 flash on the E-P2, I am happy.

    Let’s hope we will have the focus assist lamp and improved AF performance then it would make my day.

  • Awesome job on the spray of EP-2 news!
    I’m very pleased with how things are developing…
    Assuming they do indeed fix the flaws the EP-1 has this will def be the camera for me!
    Exciting stuff!

    keep the news coming! its much appreciated!

  • nicci

    Awesome, thanks

  • nicci

    Actually it’s the GF-1 killer : better external viewfinder (looks like the epson VF specs) and external stereo mic port.
    Finally it comes in black.

    Sadly it is just an E-P1+ accessories rather than a real E-P2
    Still no flash (not really a problem, I prefer big flashgun like the FL-36R, inboard flash is useless except for external flash wireless control)
    What about AF speed? any improvement?

    And now the real problem, the accessories’ price.
    So if you don’t need VF and external mic, the E-P1 is still a bargain, especially if Olympus lowers its price to make room for the E-P2.

    Unfortunately, Olympus still got its bad habits to release a new version of a camera with small improvement only in a very small time frame.

    For example the E4x0 series:
    Between E400 and 410 : only 6 months and the sole change is the Panasonic NMOS sensor vs the Kodak CCD for the gain of lower noise and live view.
    Between E410 and E420 : one year and the sole change is the increased size of the screen up to 2.7″ from 2.5″
    Between E420 and E450 : one year and the sole change is the addition of three art filters.

    In two and half year : 4 different models with for major changes between E400 and E450 : an NMOS sensor allowing live view, a bigger 2.7″ screen and 3 art filters, only.

    Come on Olympus don’t do the same with the Pen, make things right the first time ! and release a new body very 18 or 24 months.

  • Danz Holandez

    R.I.P. Olympus four-thirds development.

  • Boris

    I do not know Japanese mind you, but is it possible that it should be translated as 144 000 rather than 1,44 million pixels?
    It is only 202 000 in the viewfinder of G1/GH1 and much less in GF1!

  • Mike

    According to specification of Olympus VF-2 electronic viewfinder, it seems like built-in GH-1 one (but it can be manufactured by Epson with Ultimicron technology). I’m impressed how compact VF-2 is. Black camera body is great but it needs black lenses too. Hope for new fast M. Zuikos and snappy AF speed and well priced E-P2/accessories. I think Olympus is back and that is great news.

  • Boris

    I was wrong, sorry. In fact It is 202 000 pixels in the viewfinder of GF1!
    So, it looks like the viewfinders of E-P2, G1, and GF1 share the same (1,44 million) amount of pixels.

  • Rataxes

    3*800*600=1.44*10^6
    3 = R+G+B

    Stupid marketing thing. Why can’t they just write it out. Would anyone sell a PC-screen by saying its 5292000 dots. (1680*1050*3)

    Just write the real resolution, damit!

  • nicci

    To Boris
    The english translation is correct.
    It’s written in chinese 144 yi (which means 10000) so 144 x 10000 = 1,440,000 pixels
    The japanese use the same counting system than the chinese from 10,000 to 10,000 rather than westerns 1,000 to 1,000.

  • nicci

    to Rataxes
    even counting like that a 1.44 million dots is a 480,000 pixels, still more that the GF1’s 202,000

  • guwi

    fantastic!
    grazie

  • Boris

    Glad I was wrong. We still don’t know if there are any improvements in the “innards”, but with the EVF like this and the price comparable to GF1 (or dare to say to E-P1) it would be pretty hard for me not to buy the E-P2.

  • Rataxes

    @ nicci
    Yes, i know and it’s great. But i still don’t like the rather shifty marketing used for camera-screens i general.

  • Olf

    Nicci said :
    “Actually it’s the GF-1 killer : better external viewfinder (looks like the epson VF specs) and external stereo mic port.
    Finally it comes in black.”

    it is not if this viewfinder and this mic could be mount on the GF1…
    GF1 killer means better screen, better AF… and we don’t know anything about that.

  • TVKC

    The VF has 800×600 pixels, like the GH1. That exceeds even the VGA back displays of the common DSLRs! That sounds good. Would be great if they improved also the resolution of the display on the back. EP-1 had 320×240 on 3 Inch….

  • WT

    “it is not if this viewfinder and this mic could be mount on the GF1…
    GF1 killer means better screen, better AF… and we don’t know anything about that.”

    Agreed. An external mic on a middling movie mode is not going to really sell many bodies (maybe a few, but very few). EVF might sell a few more. But quicker AF and/or better LCD would sell many more. Could you imagine if the DP2 had a GF1 LCD res screen and just-as-quick AF? With IBIS?! With the EVF option?!?!? GF1 sales would be cut in half overnight (though the 20/1.7 lens sales would continue apace)

  • Melvin Teng

    I think the first pic i just referring to the black accessory. And the camera which is pictured could just be the Panasonic GF-1..

  • George

    This is great, but from the looks of things the EVF and the mic input both seem to use use the accessory input from the flash mount, so its either / or. :-(. I hope I’m wrong.

  • Alfons

    Not really what i expected from EP-2, but well see…

  • iluvhatemail

    great, i dont think i will rush to buy this one, seeing as the e-p1 just came out and now has a resale value of $200. But its good if it keeps them updating. Terrible accessory design, they should have developed them in a way that allows daisy-chains because now you have a choice of EVF, Mic or flash, but not more than 1. They also had to add a bulge now for the hotshoe area, will have to wait to see a larger image. Too bad this couldn’t have been a more expensive version when the e-p1 came out, i would have paid more then for this camera. Of course the only thing that matters is Olympus fix the slow AF.

  • Andrew

    Thanks Olympus, I’ll be talking to Canon now for my photography needs. Lol..

  • WT

    “Thanks Olympus, I’ll be talking to Canon now for my photography needs. Lol..”

    Yeah, well — good luck with that.

  • Andrew

    Well I would like to see maybe a camera that appeals to a more professional basis and really can do what I’d want to do with it. So yeah I think tossing the $1600 into a camera that can take great pictures with an army of lenses and video that doesn’t use a crummy mpeg codec.

    And no I don’t hate Olympus I love the pictures my e520 and will probably use it until it’s dead cause it can use my Minolta lenses perfectly. It’s just seeing a new m4/3 camera released so soon with almost the exact same design is kind of ridiculous, where as they will just charge the hell out of such a simple upgrade. Sorry I like the idea of using something and having some confidence it won’t be replaced two months after I purchase it.

    So yeah good luck with Olympus and 4/3 just a bad track record of small upgrades and facelifts.

  • wt

    m43 is not the camera you need, and it’s not meant to be.

    Check out the Canon 7D

  • dMS

    Unfortunately, I think that the name of this site must be changed for micro43rumors.com

  • Thyl Engelhardt

    It appears to be an ongoing trend to not spend any more time on developping something that can be said to be a system; even though that now pixel wise we seem to have reached a degree of maturity (super-resolution left aside). Who cares for the E-P1 any longer, long (6 months) live the E-P2. Would it really have been impossible to provide the E-P1 with that extra connector now recognisable on this E-P2, which would have allowed to improve the E-P1 functionality? Will we ever see a zoomable optical viewfindner for the E-P1 (or the E-P2)? A magnifying lens shade for the LCD screen? An external monitor? More prime lenses? Or will Olympus move on with featuritis and concentrate on the E-P3 instead?

  • dMS

    Who are you to know what people need or don’t need, maybe, just maybe, in a few years is your turn of being left behind, after seeing your investments in micro4/3 sistem, being comprometid by another Oly change of plans like back to full frame for instance.

  • Is it just me or does the hotshoe look higher on the black model? Why would that be?

  • joesiv

    Probably because the black one is the new one that has the EVF connector under the hotshoe, while the other ones look like the E-P1.

  • I think that releasing EP- 2 soooo soon is the worst desigion ever. I am a happy olympus E-510 user but seeing what Olympus is doing (not listening to people) makes me feel very angry. The m4/3 shouldn’t be the highest priority – we need the E-3 II or E-5 because now Olympus look really pore when Nikon and Canon and EVEN Pentax realeased something that their user were waiting for. I really believe that m4/3 that have PEN’is 1 are waiting for the second…

  • shep

    Thanks for this hot news. Much appreciated.
    I very much like the high-res EVF. But I don’t like the problem of “accessories” which can only be used one at at time. One may often need to use 2 at once — EVF + flash, or EVF + mic. It doesn’t appear that this can be done…

  • Tom

    I can see where your coming from, but I’m also hoping that even though the cameras look mostly identical, that this was the Olympus strategy from the beginning. I reference again Watanabe back before the PEN was unveiled and it was the “carrot cam” aka M-1 and M-1000. It has always been his strategy to release two new cameras, one consumer (E-P1) and another on for more professional use (E-P2). If this is still true, it means that they are two parallel systems addressing different segments of the market and not simply a .2 version that fixes flaws in the first. For this to be really true, though, it would have to mean more than simply a couple of bolt on hotshoe accessories, but major performance benefits of the pricier model. For me, that feature would be video, but I’ve already described my hopes for this system and the failings of other Panny/Cannon/Nikon video capable cameras elsewhere. Just a few more days and we will know more… I could be wrong and the E-P2 really is a .2 feature fix for the E-P1, and that the professional camera is another camera that has not been released yet, but I hope this is not the case. I like the form factor of the E-P1 and E-P2 and don’t want to use a larger SLR like body. I want to keep it rangefinderesque.

    Edgaras Anisimenko says:
    October 30, 2009 at 12:07 pm
    I think that releasing EP- 2 soooo soon is the worst desigion ever. I am a happy olympus E-510 user but seeing what Olympus is doing (not listening to people) makes me feel very angry. The m4/3 shouldn’t be the highest priority – we need the E-3 II or E-5 because now Olympus look really pore when Nikon and Canon and EVEN Pentax realeased something that their user were waiting for. I really believe that m4/3 that have PEN’is 1 are waiting for the second…

  • Will

    If there’s still no flash, that’s it for me. I’m giving up on Olympus.

  • Xray

    It sucks! Never saw a 2nd generation comes out so soon after the announcement of the 1st generation. All E-P1 owners now will hate Olympus… Olympus is hurting its fans.

    • admin

      XRay! Your E-P1 worked fine until today and will work fine in future! Focus on photography not on stuff. In a digital world it is normal to see improvements in short times. Olympus hasn’t done anything wrong! Just my opinion.

  • [Tom says:
    October 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm
    I can see where your coming from, but I’m also hoping that even though the cameras look mostly identical, that this was the Olympus strategy from the beginning. I reference again Watanabe back before the PEN was unveiled and it was the “carrot cam” aka M-1 and M-1000. It has always been his strategy to release two new cameras, one consumer (E-P1) and another on for more professional use (E-P2). If this is still true, it means that they are two parallel systems addressing different segments of the market and not simply a .2 version that fixes flaws in the first. For this to be really true, though, it would have to mean more than simply a couple of bolt on hotshoe accessories, but major performance benefits of the pricier model. For me, that feature would be video, but I’ve already described my hopes for this system and the failings of other Panny/Cannon/Nikon video capable cameras elsewhere. Just a few more days and we will know more… I could be wrong and the E-P2 really is a .2 feature fix for the E-P1, and that the professional camera is another camera that has not been released yet, but I hope this is not the case. I like the form factor of the E-P1 and E-P2 and don’t want to use a larger SLR like body. I want to keep it rangefinderesque.]

    I strongly disagrea because the reasonable and the most common thing to do them you are releasing a new camera is to make another one at the same time for customers to chose whitch one they want more. I believe that were will be a lot of unhappy EP-1 users who didn’t had the choice to chose and ended with the slower version of the same camera. I think that in summer Olympus will realse EP-3 and then they will create a new serias of M4/3 with a proper VF

  • Tom

    I do agree with your logic, Edgaras, about releasing them simultaneously, but if the major difference is video… then it simply was not ready at the E-P1 release. It would have made no sense to delay the E-P1 release just to wait for the E-P2 to work out the kinks in its video capability. I can assure you that no one bought the E-P1 solely on its video capabilities, given cameras like the GH1 being released. M-1 (carrot cam) turned into the E-P1. M-1000 was supposed to have 1080p video and weather sealed body according to Watanabe. If the E-P2 provides these features and costs closer to $2k, I think you won’t find too many unhappy E-P1 owners unless they really would have paid that extra money for the EVF alone.

    Addressing some of the others… Olympus is going to piss off some point and shoot types with no built in flash, but I think that most of use would agree that a modular system where higher quality accessories can be brought to bear is better. I very rarely shoot with flash and would have been upset if it had been built into the body. If you want everything built in, a detachable lens camera, the PEN, is probably not the best choice for you. Maybe the LX3 would have been the more sensible camera.

  • Stroncis

    i’m thrilled about ep2 and ricoh announcements. specs and ergonomics will say, which one i’ll choose, but any of these will be great in any case. i always prefer to wait through first martlets, cause just their followers begin to bloom in full beauty :)

  • Mike

    Edgaras Anisimenko says:
    October 30, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I think that releasing EP- 2 soooo soon is the worst desigion ever. I am a happy olympus E-510 user but seeing what Olympus is doing (not listening to people) makes me feel very angry. The m4/3 shouldn’t be the highest priority – we need the E-3 II or E-5 because now Olympus look really pore when Nikon and Canon and EVEN Pentax realeased something that their user were waiting for. I really believe that m4/3 that have PEN’is 1 are waiting for the second…

    I thought that E-P2 will be a professional model like E-3, but it looks like a GF-1 marketing fix (and that is where it ends). I agree with Edgaras it’s too soon for new top model what E-P1’s successor should be. Don’t get me wrong E-P1 is good camera but I expected something different from E-P2, lets wait for official announcement. Olympus would rather listen to people like was Y. Maintani (original PEN and OM series developer) and less marketing division, that’s how I see it. And let’s not forget about classic E-System.

  • Well, I think we just have to wait and see what Olympus has prepared to its users this time… But I hope that Oly will decide it’s better to be on your own path not trying to be LIKE someone els or better.
    When Nikon and Canon (the two giants) were at war Olympus was sitting quite in the corner making its own invention and did great – live view, built in sabilization, flipping LCD… and NO stupid race “who will get to the finish line first”. NOW we have some friends like Panasonic and Samsung so our Oly stands as high as it can to show who is THE BOSS among the smallest and sorry, I don’t get the point here why Olympus is any different from Canon nowadays? It seems that after Yoshihisa Maitani passed away something is different… It’s like beeing in a small family shop and feeling love that was inserted creating it, compared to a multydollar huge cold blooded company.

    P.S. I hope that Olympus will start listening to us…again

  • Mike

    Edit: I’ve been thinking Yoshihisa Maitani not Maintani. Sorry for mistake.
    Edgaras wrote: …Olympus was sitting quite in the corner making its own invention and did great – live view, built in stabilization, flipping LCD… I’ve got your point. Olympus equals visionary. Every new product was a milestone. The PENs, OMs, pure digital E-System, first digital PEN… Nowadays, who’s-the-winner-game costs Olympus lot of money on developing new GF-1 patch called *E-P2 which means less money and time for E-System development. I appreciate Olympus for its own personality and it is not for huge masses like Canon or Nikon is. Olympus must keeps Maitani’s legacy to remained a company with own name.
    *if will be produced with the rumored design/specification.

  • sparviero49

    If those are the images of Olympus E-P2, where is the incorpored flash?

  • Stroncis

    that picture by olly is fake too :) there is no free space for flash, dial is in the way. anyways, just few days left, we will see what and how

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