Dpreview interview with Aki Murata from OM Digital: “I can confirm that will be an exciting product announcement in 2021”

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Dpreview published their interview with OM Digital CEO Aki Murata. Here are a couple of highlights:

  • “I can confirm that will be an exciting product announcement in 2021”
  • focus will continue to be on Micro Four Thirds, and on mid to high-end products.
  • In the fixed lens compact camera business demand for action cameras and cameras for 360-degree imaging is increasing (Tough line will continue)
  • “we’re more flexible now, compared to when we were a part of Olympus”
  • Why mirrorless is here to stay: A smartphone will never be able to capture a fast-moving bird, for example, from a great distance.
  • The size of the Four Thirds sensor offers the possibility of fast readout speeds, which makes this format ideal for computational imaging
  • The Micro Four Thirds system is not limited to 20 Megapixels. Our Pro lenses have excellent resolution and performance, enough to work well even with a 100 Megapixel sensor.
  • Technology will develop, and the physical disadvantages of smaller sensors will be eliminated in future. Once this happens, the last variables will be the size and weight of the hardware. And that’s where we have a big advantage with the Micro Four Thirds system.

I really wanna see a 100MP MFT camera :)

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HOT: Panasonic just confirmed the GH6 is coming this year!!!

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Photolari attended a Panasonic press conference and there managers told them this:

The Panasonic GH5 successor will be unveiled within 2021.

They have not unveiled anything about the possible specs. But it’s highly likely that it will have a 30+ MP sensor that can record 8K. Such a sensor already exists and Sony published the specs here:

Still, no guarantee yet this is the sensor that Panasonic is going to use. But hard to believe they will miss the 8K train :)

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a bit of everything…

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[ STC optics ] Olympus Micro four thirds Sensor filter (Install & remove)

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Plenty of news on the facebook OMD group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

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Robin Wong: Olympus 17mm F2.8 Pancake – Is It Worth Getting?

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Robin Wong:

This topic is also available in an article format, if you prefer to read instead of watching a video, go to my blog entry here: https://robinwong.blogspot.com/2021/0… I found a used Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F2.8 Pancake lens and decided to add one into my camera bag. The Olympus 17mm pancake was the first Micro Four Thirds lens from Olympus, launched together with the first Olympus PEN E-P1 in 2009. Being the first generation M.Zuiko lens, it does have some issues, mainly on AF speed as well as flaws in lens image quality. During my short testing session, I found some corner softness, purple fringing in harsh light and the lens does not handle flare well. All this imperfections were later fixed and improved further in the newer Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8, which features a metal construction, brighter F1.8 aperture, much faster AF, and better optical design, rendering sharper images with better lens flaw controls (ED element to correct Chromatic Abberation). Nevertheless, if you can find one now, the Olympus 17mm F2.8 should be dirt cheap, and it has a truly compact design, with slim profile. Attaching it to a camera is as if you don’t have a lens on it at all, making the combination a truly portable, day to day use solution.

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a bit of everything…

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OM-D E-M5 Mark III & M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro with Geraint Radford

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Plenty of news on the facebook OMD group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

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