Akira Watanabe interview: “New system cameras coming in the short term!” -> High End model!

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Two days ago I told you that I am getting new rumors about two possible Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras. It may be a good time to remind you some statements made by Akira Watanabe at Amateur Photographer. Here are some of the key info he unveiled:

– The Canon EOS-M is “not a big challenge
– About the Olympus fee scandal: “It is, at the moment, a management issue and there is no negative or positive impact on development or planning – no impact.
– About future products: “new system camera technology, to be rolled out in the ‘short term’, would be ‘trickled’ down to future ‘high-end compact cameras
– And “Basic technology development-wise, we will focus on high-end models and mainly compact system cameras
– “very big jump’ in the performance of electronic viewfinders” and “At a certain point most people will be satisfied with replacing their optical finder with an EVF
– “Olympus will ‘accelerate development of high-grade lenses for MFT systems’.

The key words here are “short term” – “High End models” and “Electronic Viewfinders”. That sums it up what we will see soon (early 2013). What I didn’t hear yet is if Olympus will make some High Grade zooms like the Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 (Click here to see them on eBay) and the 35-100mm f/2.0 (Click here to see them on eBay) Zuiko lenses. From what I heard prime lenses are priority.

 

 

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E-M5 as low as 820 Euro in Europe (precisely Italy).

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The well known Italian store Mr. Price is now selling the brand new E-M5 for 820 Euro in Black (Click here) and Silver (Click here). We haven’t seen any of such massive price drops in any other country than Italy and France. It’s 270 Euro less than you pay in Germany where you usually can find great prices on cameras. Too bad the Italian stores doens’t ship outside Italy. But you can still find refurbished E-M5 cameras on auction at Olympusmarket. The first E-M5 you can get is here and the second here.

Olympusmarket has now also an impressive long list of last generation PEN cameras. Here is just a short list of what you can find:
Silver E-P3 with 17mm lens Black E-P3 with 17mm lens Black E-P3 with kit lens White E-P3 with kit lens Silver E-P3 with kit lens Silver E-PL3 with kit lens Black E-PL3 with kit lens Red E-PL3 with double lens kit White E-PL3 with double lens kit Pink E-PM1 with 14-150mm lens White E-PM1 with 14-150mm lens

Full list can be seen at Olympusmarket (Click here).

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Olympus XZ-1 sells for $199. E-PL5 in Stock at Amazon (overpriced) and in Germany!

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Olympus is clearing their XZ-1 stocks and is selling the camera for $199 via Amazon (Click here). And guess what…both the silver and black versions are now on top of the popularity ranking at Amazon (Click here).

And for the first time also the new Olympus E-PL5 is in Stock via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here). But you pay $75 extra for it! You may wait a couple of days to get it for the regular price! And the E-Pl5 is also in Stock for the first time in Europ at Ringfoto on eBay Germany!

New PEN preorders:
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,

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Updated image circle lens test by Diglloyd.

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Image courtesy: Diglloyd.com

Lloyd Chambers created a sort of a camera obscura to make a more accurate measure of the image circle of FT and MFT lenses. As you may know Four Thirds sensor have a diagonal of 21,6mm while APS-C sensors have a diagonal of 28,2mm. The question is if current FT and MFT lenses would cover a larger than FT sensor. He first tested the superb 14-35mm f/2.0 FT zoom lens. Wide open the lens has a circle of 26mm which increases up to 32mm on the tele end.

He also tested some MFT lenses:
Panasonic 25/1.4 has a 27mm image circle
Panasonic 45/2.8 macro has a 25mm image circle
Olympus 45/1.8 ED has a 31mm image circle
Olympus 75/1.8 ED has a 29mm image circle

In theory the two Olympus MFT prime lenses would cover the full APS-C sensor. Doens’t necessarily mean Olympus did it intentionally. But it’s interesting to know!

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What the heck? The new E-PL5 beats the Sony NEX-5R in Jpeg Dynamic Range!

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Image courtesy: Techradar

Last week our polish friends at M43.eu (Translation here) stated that the E-PL5 image quality at low ISO even beats the current Olympus E-M5. Now we have a second test supporting the results from m43.eu. Techradar (Click here) published the full E-PL5 Noise and Dynamic Range test. In RAW the E-PL5 manages to be on par with the new Sony NEX-5R in terms of noise and dynamic range. And that is already a superb result considering the sensor size difference. But it goes even further. The Olympus JPEG engine even manages to squeeze out a better Dynamic Range than the NEX-5R JPEG engine!

I am really surprised to see such a result. Almost think that both did a mistake while doing these tests! Possible that Olympus now catched up with that what is known to be one of the best (if not the best) APS-C sensor?

New PEN preorders:
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,

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