No jail for Olympus managers responsible for the accounting fraud.


Michael Woodford and Tsuyoshi Kikukawa (smiling the days before the fraud scandal)

It ended like we expected it: The three Olympus managers that were convicted in the famous Olympus accounting fraud scandal will definitely not go in jail. Engadget reports that Tsuyoshi Kikukawa received a three-year suspended sentence, in light of the fact that he didn’t make the original decision to hide the firm’s financial losses. And Masatoshi Kishimoto and Toshiro Shimoyama, have escaped all charges because, as reported by Kyodo News a couple of months ago, too much time has elapsed since the original crime.

Meantime Michael Woodford the ex-CEO that discovered the fraud wrote a book you can find at Amazon (Click here). More important The Financial Times speculates Woodford got $15.5 million from Olympus to avoid any trial.

The story is now over (from a legal point of view) and Olympus new management has to focus on strengthen the camera business. Let’s hope the soon to be announced new OMD and FT cameras will help them to achieve their goals!

Source: Bloomberg.


BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera to ship end of July (new video interview).


Broadcast Asia 2013: Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema and 4K camera update from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Blackmagic manager confirmed in that video that the new Cinema Pocket Camera will ship this month (July 25 according to BHphoto). Watch out for the postman! :)

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema preorders in USA at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and in Germany at Technikdirekt, in France at pbs-video. In Sweden at macoteket, scandinavianphoto, protel.jetshop, webhallen.


(FT3) First Olympus E-M1 specs.


Olympus could launch three new cameras in early September. One of them is certainly a new OMD camera and this could be the specs:

  • DSLR-like design, similar to the E-M5 but with a larger grip that will contain an additional control dial on top
  • Micro Four Thirds mount
  • 16MP sensor
  • 81 AF points
  • 3″ tiltable LCD screen
  • Electronic viewfinder with 2,300,000 pixels
  • Max shutter: 1/8000
  • 10 fps
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Sounds like an E-P5 as OMD :)

via Photorumors.

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Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF shows us what Olympus-Panasonic will have to do.


As you all know phase detection focusing is one of the main area of interests that Olympus and Panasonic are focusing on. Particularly Olympus needs that to have full Four Thirds lens support on Micro Four Thirds cameras. And the next MFT cameras are “rumored” to have on sensor phase detection. We already had a couple of cameras from Sony, Canon, Nikon with such AF pixels on sensor. But there was always a trade off. You have to “give-up” some space and therefore sacrifice resolution for the dedicated AF pixels. More AF pixels you add (to increase the AF performance) more RGB pixels you loose. That was the equation until today:

Canon just announced the new 70D ($1199 DSLR). We wouldn’t care about it if there would not be a new amazing feature. The 70D features a “Dual Pixel CMOS AF” sensor. And the amazing thing is that every pixel can do both at the same time: Capture the light for the actual image, and act as phase detection agent! A detailed description can be read at Dpreview: According the Canon the EOS 70D’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system has the following key characteristics:

  • Usable phase detection AF area covers 80% of the frame horizontally and vertically
  • AF works at apertures down to F11
  • AF works in light levels as low as 0 EV
  • Can work with face detection to keep moving subjects in focus

This sounds like a great solution! I am sure Sony sensors will have a similar solution that will be implemented by future Olympus cameras.