3 months ago we posted the link to the amateur photographer article. We re-post an interesting excerpt and the link.
“Ichiro Kitao general manager at Panasonic’s Products Planning Group, said: ‘It is one of the choices â€“ a more entry-level piece than the G1 or a step up pieceâ€¦In the coming years we would like to expand our G Micro [Four Thirds] system.’ ”
I believe Panasonic is working hard at a compact m4/3 camera which could probably be announced the end of the year. It will be interesting to see if they will make the same feature cut (No-Evf, No-Flash) like Olympus has done with the E-P1.
The m4/3 announcement (and probably success) regurgitated a big question…. Will Olympus still maintain the same commitment and development resources for normal four thirds cameras and lenses?
I asked some of our sources.
All confirm that Olympus has a clear four thirds camera and lens roadmap. They are still designing new four thirds cameras and lenses. Nothing has changed. The E-3 successor is planned to be released this year and you will certainly see new four thirds cameras next year. From now until spring 2010 Olympus will release new lenses (most of them are primes).
This sounds good, but I believeÂ a huge m4/3 success will probably distort these plans. Olympus is a small company (compared to the bigger Canon, Nikon and Sony) with limited resources….perhaps the time has come for a big choice?
I received an unofficial confirmation that the E-P1 will be available late July in Europe.
Soon redcoon and pixmania should have the E-P1 available for pre-order. I will post links for every European country to them as soon as the E-P1 is listed… How many countries are there in Europe? It’s going to be a long slog:)