(FT5) What’s next? Three new Olympus and one new Panasonic camera to come.

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The E-P5 and this means that I have to work on the next bunch of rumors. So what’s going to be announced as next? According to the info we got we can expect plenty of new stuff. Here are the four new cameras:
1) The new OMD camera
2) The new E-x Four Thirds camera
3) The Olympus high end compact camera (not MFT but a fixed lens with (hopefully) large sensor (unlike the just announced Panasonic LF1).
4) A brand new and completely “different” Panasonic MFT camera.

I already got some info about some of these cameras and I am working to double check the early rumors I got. All I can share for now is that all that stuff is coming from late August till early September. That’s only 3-4 months from now. I know it’s hard to say without knowing specs and design…

but (instinctively) can you tell us what is the camera that interest you more?

but (instinctively) can you tell us what is the camera that interest you more?

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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

 

 

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European E-P5 preorders (and refurbished E-PL5 and E-M5 cameras).

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Unlike US in Europe you have also an E-P5 with 14-42mm kit option. I collected a few links where you can preorder the camera. Feel free to add much more links by commenting this post. Thanks!

E-P5:
E-P5 Black at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 White at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Silver at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Black with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 White with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Black with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and Wex UK.
E-P5 White with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
45mm f/1.8 Black at  Amazon Germany.

Refurbished E-PL5:
Black E-PL5 with 14-42mm lens (Click here), Silver E-PL5 with 14-42mm lens (Click here), Black E-PL5 with 14-42mm (Click here), Black E-PL-5 with 14-150mm lens (Click here).

Refurbished E-M5:
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens and vertical grip (Click here), Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (Click here), Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (Click here), Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (Click here).

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Interview with Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty.

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Granty Petty Interview NAB 2013 (Part 1) from Rick Young on Vimeo. Here is part two.

At least for me the most exciting MFT news of the last few months is the new BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera (preorder and specs here at BHphoto). For documentary shooters like me this is a hell of camera I can use in condition where I have to travel light or be as unnoticeable as possible. The video on top is the first part of the interview with Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty. The second part can be seen here.

I preordered the camera, becuase we need it at work :)

Full new MFT stuff preorder list:
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Technikdirekt.
Panasonic GF6 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Technikdirekt, Wex UK,
Panasonic G6 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here).
Panasonic 14-140mm lens at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here).
Panasonic LF1 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here)Adorama (Click here) and at WexUK (Click here).
E-P5 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 White at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Silver at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Black with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 White with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Black with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and Wex UK.
E-P5 White with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
17mm f/1.8 Black at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
45mm f/1.8 Black at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany.
75mm f/1.8 Black at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
VF-4 viewfinder at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.

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Panasonic 14-140mm to ship from May 30. And company promises to go back to profit within the year.

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Panasonic Japan announced that the new 14-140mm MFT lens will ship from May 30. This is a nice lens, lighter, faster, cheaper than the previous 14-140mm lens. You can preorder the new lens at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here).

Panasonic financial report:
And now let’s talk about the latest financial report issued by Panasonic. First the bad news: Panasonic reported a near-record net loss of 754bn yen ($7.5 bn) for the fiscal year through March due to restructuring costs and falling sales. And now the good news: Panasonic forecast a return to profitability this year as it cuts unprofitable businesses. This means that they pull away from consumer electronics and this likely includes the compact camera business. And now guess what business is doing best at Panasonic…come on guess…here it is: “washing machines and refrigerators, and the division it dubs “eco solutions”, which makes light fixtures, toilets, ceiling fans and other household fittings” (Source AJ).

In short, last year at Photokina Panasonic clearly stated that they want to go focus on the camera “high end” market. And it is a goal it shares with many other companies including Olympus.

 

 

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