March 22, 2009
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(FT 5) Olympus E-450

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So here we are. We asked dealers and there is a shortcoming for the “old” E-420. They confimed us a new digital SLR from Olympus will be announced. We looked in forums, got emails, googled all the time.

Finally we got the security, the new Olympus E-450 will be announced in April.

And there is more, we give you a list of specs which are certain, and a list of specs which are just probable.

CERTAIN (FT 4):

1) The Olympus 450 will be very similar sized and designed like the old Olympus e-420

2) It will have Art-filter

PROBABLY (FT 3):

3) It will NOT have video capabilities

4) It will NOT have body IS (which surprises me a lot)

5) The same ammount of Megapixel

March 21, 2009
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(FT 2) LX3 styled micro four thirds compact camera from Panasonic?

Got an email from unknown sources. So please don’t take it to serious ok? he wrote the email in japanese and this is the short translation…

Panasonic is working on a LX3 sized camera with micro four thirds sensor and interchangable lens. The camera is a little thicker then the original LX3, it is blue (but there will be cameras with different colors) and has built-in flash. The camera had the 20mm 1.7 lens on it. I’ve seen the rendered picture made by a designer group of Panasonic.”

We know Panasonic is working on a compact sized camera. So this is not a big news. I asked him to send the picture…

March 20, 2009
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(FT 4) First Olympus micro four thirds camera will come after the Olympus E-450!

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I’m waiting for more news about the upcoming Olympus E-450.I still don’t know when exactly the digital camera will be announced. Meanwhile I have got one more information. I asked one source if after the E-450 we will see another DSLR or if it will finally be the turn of a micro four thirds camera. He told me the next camera after the Olympus E-450 will definitely be a micro four thirds camera!!!

March 19, 2009
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Olympus and Panasonic predictions made bythom.com

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by thom is one of the big names in digital photography. His website is highly visited and his predictions often right.

http://www.bythom.com/2009predictions.htm

BUT,

His predictions for Olympus are quite bad.
“Pentax and Olympus seem particularly vulnerable to me as long term DSLR players at this point (I consider Fujifilm already gone).”

His vision about Olympus and Panasonic partnerships:

Panasonic‘s awkward 4/3 alliance with Olympus produces as much a competitor as it does an ally, and I’m pretty sure Panasonic doesn’t really like splitting whatever share 4/3 grabs with another player. With Panasonic buying Sanyo, this increases the pressure on Olympus, as now Panasonic will own the contract manufacturer Olympus has been using.”

He has positive feeling about Panasonic strategy:

“Sony and Panasonic are certainly doing well enough in compacts to survive there, the question is whether their costs at trying to expand into DSLRs are fully justified. In 2009, I think they’ll survive the cut.”

And his final prediction:

Olympus. Okay, some of my “other company” predictions have not been terribly specific. Here’s a specific one: Olympus will sell more of their first micro 4/3 compact (the one whose prototype showed up at Photokina) than they do DSLRs. And not by a small margin. Olympus will be very happy with that, perhaps even smug. But that’s the wrong reaction. If I’m right about how popular their micro 4/3 compact will be, this is actually a serious indictment of their DSLR strategy. Regular 4/3 is not particularly sustainable in the face of micro 4/3 being successful. At the high end, Olympus’ E3 will be staring down four or more 20mp+ DSLRs. In the middle, the E-5xx and baby E3 (E30) have Canon, Nikon, and Sony to contend with and aren’t making inroads. At the bottom, the E-4xx is totally canibalized by the G1 and micro 4/3. And worse still, the existing 4/3 lens lineup is simply too big and not fully ready for micro 4/3. It appears that Olympus will simply reiterate the 4/3 lenses with the new electronics needed by micro 4/3. That’s a band-aid at best. Olympus’ 4/3 bet now hinges on sensor developments. They need compact sensor sized photosites with APS or better qualities for 4/3 to live (note I didn’t say micro 4/3). The problem with that is that, if such a breakthrough did happen, it won’t be limited to 4/3. Compacts, APS, and FX will all see the same benefits, and thus 4/3 keeps falling short at the high end. This is a tough year for Olympus. Indeed, their problem is that they’re getting pulled into the gravity of the bigger planet, Panasonic. With Panasonic buying Sanyo, who assembles many of the Olympus products, there’s great risk to them becoming another P-brand

My considerations in short:

I’ll NOT agree completely! What do you think?

March 18, 2009
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A PMA interview with Mr. Watanabe (from fourthirdsphoto.com)

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The owner of the website fourthirdsphoto.com had the chance to make an interview to Mr. Watanabe. You can read all of it here:

http://news.fourthirdsphoto.com//node/14

The most important statements are:

1) We are planning a successor to the Olympus E-420 and it will be different. (that was all he had to say about that one.)

2) Yes (we are planning to introduce prime lens), but it is difficult to prioritize which ones to make first.

3) No release of either a camera or lens µ4/3 (Micro four thirds) road map.

P.s.: I’m waiting for news about the Olympus E-450 release date. Do YOU know something? ;)

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