As you remember Canon is using a Four Thirds sized(!) sensor on the Canon G1X (here at Amazon) which is a tiny bit larger than our Micro Four Thirds sensor. Consequently there were many rumors supporting the idea that the new mirrorless system from Canon may use that sensor. According to my trusted sources this may not be true. They will almost certainly opt for a classic APS-C sensor. Whether this is good or bad news for us I can’t judge now. Certainly it will be a challenge for Canon (like it is for Sony) to create compact lenses. Here lies the advantage of the m43 system.
Today Olympus announces the release of new firmware for the OM-D E-M5 which offers the following improvements:
1) Improved sleep recovery operation
2) AF target indication when using C-AF+TR while shooting sequential images using Sequential L setting
3) Added function to automatically move focus to the following zoom positions when underwater macro mode or underwater wide mode is selected. (Only when M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50 mm F3.5-6.3 EZ is attached)
-Underwater wide mode: Wide setting
-Underwater macro mode: Telephoto setting
Additionally, there is an Olympus Viewer 2 application update for both Windows and Mac that delivers the following:
1) Added the function to edit movies taken by the camera (mov, mp4)
2) Added the function to upload images to “My Photos” on (ib on the net). ib on the net is available in Japan and the U.S.A — http://www.ibonthenet.com/ns/service/serviceOutline
Here are the updates:
>> Firmware Version 1.2 for the OM-D E-M5
>> Firmware Version 1.4 for Olympus Viewer 2 Software
There are two options for updating the firmware:
1) Simply launch the included Olympus camera software and connect the camera via USB cable to an internet connected computer. Choose the Update function from the Camera menu in the software to apply available updates for camera bodies, lenses and accessories.
2) Download the software updater from the following link:
http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_downloads_updater.asp and follow the installer instructions.
With each method, users can choose to display information related to what the update will apply, prior to performing the update.
The ability to update the firmware of Olympus digital camera components, bodies, lenses, accessories, and take advantage of some of the latest technologies is one of the key advantages of Olympus’ 100% digital design.
UPDATE: Official apology to Ming Thein for the image I used without to write an appropriate text under it (although the image contained the link to his blog). Please understand that I am doing my best and mistakes can happen. In hurry I copied and pasted the image from an old blog post (not from Ming) and the text link wasn’t included. As you know I usually link to all blogs, so I am pretty upset for myself if a mistakes happens. P.S. Would have fixed everything the much faster but had no Internet to see it. Hope it will be fine now!
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.
I am sharing a bit of my current life experience also because it has a great influence on my daily 43rumors work. I arrived at my tiny little spot in the middle of the Pyrenees. And in these days it has been a challenge for me to get connected with my mobile Internet provider. Anyway, I am now working on a solution to get a faster and more reliable access. This is just to say that I am sorry if I don’t answer most of your mails. Right now when I am connected the only people I go in touch with is my family and the rumor sources
Regarding rumors: You may think this is a quit time in terms of rumor work but it is the quite opposite. Panasonic will announce new stuff next week (July 18th) and real BIG announcements from Olympus and again Panasonic are coming by end of August.
Regarding my little tiny life here: Since the first day I came here I am playing songs of Eddie Vedder almost every day. Feeling really free now, it’s nice to enjoy such a peace.
P.S: My friend Elena keeps posting the daily life experience in Greece at Greekdiaries.me. Check it out if you are interested to learn more.
Five months after the E-M5 presentation it’s still hard to find the E-M5 in Stock in US stores. According to BHphoto (Click here) all kits will be avialable on July 30th. And I guess this is just a rough estimation. At that point you may wait until mid-August to see how the new GH3 will look like
Yesterday I told you that the GX1 with 14-42mm kit lens sells now for less than $500 at Amazon (Click here) and that’s exactly $38 cheaper than the body only version! Today also the price of the GH2 with kit lens (Click here) is matching the price of the body only version (Click here). Sometimes marketing is a real mystery!
According to two sources Olympus will announce two new PEN cameras at Photokina in September. And I am still not sure but it sounds like the E-Px line will be discontinued. The E-Px series started with the glorious E-P1 (which I still use daily) and now is represented by the E-P3.
Anyway, I don’t think that is all what’s coming from Olympus at Photokina. There may be some other camera suprise…
UPDATE: The author of the.me contacted me to say that actually he thinks the E-PX will get an overhaul next year. My info is that the E-Px system as you know will completely disappear.
Links to all PEN models:
E-P3 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-P2 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-P1 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-PL3 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-PL2 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-PL1 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-PM1 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct