Last week I told you how two sources unveieled to me that Olympus would use the new generation Epson sensor on his next MFT camera. And today Epson issued a Press Release to confirm the start of the mass production. Here is the press release with specs:
TOKYO, Japan, January 22, 2013
Seiko Epson Corporation. (“Epson,” TSE: 6724) today announced that it has begun volume production of its latest Ultimicron panel These high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT color panels bring to life the electronic viewfinders used in mid-to high- end digital interchangeable lens system cameras. The new panel will be exhibited at Epson’s booth at CP + 2013 in Yokohama, Japan, from January 31 to February 3.
Measuring just 0.48 of an inch diagonally, the latest in the Ultimicron series offers XGA (1024 x 768) resolution in red, green and blue for a total of 2.36 megapixels. The new panel is equal in size to a 0.47-inch SVGA panel, but offers higher resolution. In addition, Epson has increased the surface luminance to 520 cd/m2, allowing photographers sufficient visibility in any environment, from the brightest sunlight to the darkness of evening.
The Ultimicron series is positioned to meet growing demand among camera enthusiasts of all levels and abilities for superb quality electronic viewfinders.
Advantages and features
Small 0.48-inch diagonal screen contributes to compact, thin cameras
- High resolution
High pixel density with XGA resolution (1024 x RGB x 768, 2.36 megapixels)
- No color breakup
Use of a color filter ensures that it is not affected by the color breakup that can occur with fast-moving subjects and panning shots when using a field-sequential color system.
Achieves brightness of 520 cd / m 2
|LCD type||TN mode, organic alignment layer|
|Color display system||Color filter (RGB stripe)|
|Effective pixels||1024 x RGB x 768 (XGA)|
|Panel size (diagonal)||0.48 inch (1.2 cm)|
|Pixel pitch||9.6 μm (3.2 x RGB) x 9.6 μm|
|Color space||92% of sRGB|
|Surface luminance||520 cd / m 2|
|Displayable colors||Approx. 16.77 million colors|
The new Olympus camera is rumored to be on market on Spring!
P.S.: Olympus has a long history of making compact cameras with built-in rangefinders. Just check the super long list of eBay auction on these cameras (Click here). Got some inspiration for the new digital PEN with EVF? :)
It’s four years now that I work on 43rumors and we Europeans usually don’t have these nice deals you can find in USA. But I found some deal that is might be very interesting for you:
3) Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 1,8 / 17mm + Olympus VF-1 Sucher at Fotomundus.
4) One day promo on the 20mm pancake at Pixmania Portugal.
As you can see from the screenshot on top the GH3 preorders are finally shipping again at Amazon (Click here). Thanks Ryan for the image! Some GH3 are in Stock at eBay US but they are overpriced. And also BHphoto (Click here) notified me that they will soon receive a new stock of GH3 cameras with shipment within the next 7-14 days!
The official US deals are now over but you can find the kits for an amazing price at Beat-n-retail:
$899 for the Black camera with 14-42mm lens (Click here).
$1,049 for the Black camera with 12-50mm lens (Click here).
$1,049 for the Silver camera with 12-50mm lens (Click here).
I keep receiving info about the new Olympus stuff. That comes from Europe:
1) The Olympus XZ-10 will be priced at 399 Euro.
2) The 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II will come in black and lower price (599 Euro). 35 Euro less than the current lowest price at Amazon DE.
Don’t know you guys but I fail to see why GetOlympus on Facebook calls this a “Big announcement“. I really hope they may introduce something else too. Once again, I know one semi pro MFT camera and f/2.8 zoom are due for Spring but I don’t expect an official announcement yet. So again, I hope I am wrong here otherwise they will have to read a lot of unhappy comments on their FB page :)