Olympus E-5 official press release leaked!

The E-5 will be official in a few hours but a french magazine already leaked the press release. The Olympus E-5 costs 1.699 Euro! THe E-5 will be official on 7am London time!

Photobusiness.fr: images and presentation (google english translation)

UPDATE: They just removed the article. This is the google english translation from the french text:

“If the differences between the E5 and its predecessor Olympus E3 seem pretty small, it is the most important elements of the apparatus which have undergone a change. Indeed, the E5 adopts a new sensor, a new processor and a new screen. It also offers the HD video and also artistic filters borrowed from another by Olympus.

The sensor of 12.3 million pixels of the E5 offers a reasonable definition that Olympus did not want to increase focus and good management of noise at high sensitivities. As the E3 and most SLR brand, the Live MOS sensor 4 / 3 is equipped with dust filter SSWF. The latter has proven itself, it avoids any accumulation of dust on the sensor surface. To reduce vibration at the onset and Live View mode, the E5 has the renowned mechanical stabilization system controlled by supersonic waves from Olympus.

This is a new image processor TruePic V+ which is incorporated into the E5 for better performance and improved noise management. In burst mode, the pace of E5 is 5 frames per second in high resolution and sensitivity rises to 6400. The autofocus module with 11 points on the cross of E3 is itself stored on the E5.

Also new, the LCD offers a fully articulated 3-inch diagonal but above definition record of 960 000 pixels. These features allow for enjoyable viewing of images including Live View mode.

The E5 inherits the superb production of its predecessor with a magnesium alloy case, light, tropical and ultra-resistant. The housing is resistant to water splashes, dust and multiple pressure constraints. Its interface is well designed and the menus are simplified in the manner of a PEN. Moreover, the mark embedded in E5 several artistic filters to obtain images of original artistic renderings without editing. We find the effects Pop-Art, Soft Focus, Pinhole and a new filter that offers HDR rendering dramatic.

The novelty of this case lies in the possibility of making videos. Indeed, the E5 is capable of recording 720p HD motion sequences (1280 x 720 pixels) at 30 frames per second. In video mode, the exposure can be managed automatically or manually with a complete management of the aperture. Autofocus operates continuously throughout the sequence.

The Olympus will be available in October 2010 suggested retail price of 1699 euros body only.

P:S: We leaked the Samsung NX100 on mirrorlessrumors (Click here)!

UPDATED: First 3D lens hands-on!

Image courtesy: Quesabesde

UPDATE: More images of the camera+3D lens have been posted on engadget.

As you already know Panasonic will launch the new 3D lens for MicroFourThirds cameras. Quesabesde had the chance to hold one of those lenses (Click here to read the google english translation).

Here a short list of the most interesting parts of the text:

– “The lens simulates the vision of both the left and right eye, so it is possible to form a three dimensional image using a single sensor

– “We tested the lens on the Lumix DMC-G2 and it has been possible to verify that the camera body automatically detects the presence of the 3D lens.”

– “The resulting files do have a size of 904 x 1600 pixels. In addition to the 3D file extension MPO, the camera also stores a JPEG image that displays the picture “normal” on the camera screen.

– “It also seems unlikely that this modality 3D is compatible with Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus

Thanks Quesabesde!

Olympus lens disappointment. Please Olympus and Panasonic, do surprise us!

I confess, I am not really happy with todays Olympus announcement. I understand that there is a “marketing reason” why those lenses have to exist. Maybe zoom lenses is what “normal” people buys when they go in store. But we are still missing a Zuiko MFT lens we can be really proud of. We have some good lenses like the 9-18mm, but no fast prime lens, no high-quality and reasonable fast zoom, and only one pancake lens! And most of the current lenses are copies of already existing Panasonic lenses (or is Panasonic copying the Olympus lenses?). Take a look for yourself:

Panasonic 7-14mmOlympus 9-18mm Panasonic 14-140mmOlympus 14-150mm Panasonic 45-200mm – Olympus 45-150mm
Panasonic 100-300mm (to be announced soon) – Olympus 75-300mm
Panasonic 8mm fisheye – Olympus 8mm fisheye (on roadmap)
Panasonic 14mm (to be announced soon) – Olympus 12mm (on roadmap)

Thousand of 43rumors readers voted for High-Quality prime, pancake and zoom lenses in many of our polls. We need more “WOW” lenses like the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7.  But we also need lenses that are essential for a complete lens repertoire (where is the normal 25mm f/1.4 lens?).
There will be no need to switch to a NEX or NX system or any other system if the lenses are good enough! So please stop playing cat and mouse, stop to fear the market. Try to have some vision like when you imaginated the MicroFourThirds system. Surprise us!

That’s just my personal opinion, feel free to comment this post…
Me, 43rumors.

New Olympus lens roadmap!

Click on the image to enlarge!

Macro, Fisheye and Wide prime lenses are expected to be unveiled by Spring 2011. Why so late? :(

[Thanks Aguilar]

Continually updated (+poll): Olympus announces two new MicroFourThirds lenses and a special E-P2 kit

Olympus announced the new E-P2 all black kit and the 40-150mm and the 75-300mm MicroFourThirds lenses. We will continually update this post with all news, reviews, preorder links and image samples.
Reminder: The E-5 will be announced on September 14. Panasonic has a scheduled press release on September 21.

The E-P2 Special Black EVF Edition contents (€1,079, available October 2010.)
* E-P2 camera in black
* M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake lens exclusively in black
* VF-2 electronic viewfinder in black
* Historic lens cap with F logo

The E-P2 Special Black Flash Edition contents (€1,049, available October 2010.)
* E-P2 camera in black
* M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake lens exclusively in black
* FL-14 external flash exclusively in black
* Historic lens cap with F logo

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 (€899, available December 2010.)

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 (€329, available October 2010.)

Olympus announces special edition kits for the E-P2 camera in black (Dpreview / Imaging Resource / Photoscala / DCresource / DigitalCameraReview / ThePhoBlographer)
Olympus introduces M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm lens (Dpreview / Imaging Resource / Photoscala / Quesabesde / DigitalCameraReview)
Olympus releases M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm lens (Dpreview / Imaging Resource / Photoscala / Quesabesde / DigitalCameraReview)

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No surprise: Panasonic confirms that they will no more make a DSLR

In an article on CNET Asia “Panasonic aims to up camera market share in Asia” Panasonic confirmed that they have “no immediate plans to release a new dSLR“.

CNET and Panasonic discussed about the goals from Panasonic:

At present, its share of the digital still camera pie in Asia is 10 percent and the share target for 2010 is 15%. The US share is quite low for Panasonic, while Germany is a potential country. We would like to expand our businesses in those countries