(FT4) Panasonic press event on August 14???

I just got word that Panasonic has a press event on August 14. Not sure yet if it’s for MFT. From what I heard this might be for L-mount gear only…

There is one rumored MFT camera that could be announced: A new GX entry level model for the US market? But I have no solid FT5 rumor on this yet….

(FT5) E-M5III will be able to charge via USB. Olympus 150-400mm PRO lens to be announced in Winter…

Image on top shows the current E-M5II model
Two new info from a reliable source:
1) The E-M5III will have USB charging
2) The new Olympus 150-400mm PRO lens pricing will be announced in Winter time

E-M5III rumor summary:
Announcement in late Summer (99% certain)
Same E-M1II sensor with 121 cross-type phase detection pixels. (60% certain)
New processing engine (90% certain)
Lighter, more plasticky but still weather sealed body (60% certain)
Will have USB charging (90% certain)
Same BLS-50 battery of the PEN and E-M10 camera series (60% certain)

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(FT3) Panasonic might have a product announcement in late August…unsure if it’s for MFT…

I am starting to get info about multiple announcements from Panasonic:

  1. They will have an announcement in late August. I am not sure what this will be about but it’s likely that this is for new S lenses
  2. In September there should be an announcement related to MFT. It should be for at least one camera…G880 or something else?

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(FT4) New E-M5III to be announced this fall between late September and October…

Image on top shows the current E-M5II model

The new E-M5III will not be announced in August but rather late September-October. I have no info yet if Olympus will announce a new MFT lens too…

E-M5III rumor summary:
Announcement in late Summer (99% certain)
Same E-M1II sensor with 121 cross-type phase detection pixels. (60% certain)
New processing engine (90% certain)
Lighter, more plasticky but still weather sealed body (60% certain)
Same BLS-50 battery of the PEN and E-M10 camera series (60% certain)

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(FT3) New E-M5III could use the BLS-50 battery from the PEN series

Image on top shows the current E-M5II model

I have been told that unlike the current E-M5II camera the soon to be announced new E-M5III will use the same BLS-50 battery of the PEN and E-M10 camera series

E-M5III rumor summary:
Announcement in late Summer (99% certain)
Same E-M1II sensor with 121 cross-type phase detection pixels. (60% certain)
New processing engine (90% certain)
Lighter, more plasticky but still weather sealed body (60% certain)
Same BLS-50 battery of the PEN and E-M10 camera series (60% certain)

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(FT5) Panasonic is developing a new TOF Micro Four Thirds sensor for a new PERFECT autofocus system!

I got this from a reliable source:
Panasonic is working to on their ToF sensor from the Vivo Nex Dual phone to implement it on a new AF system in their MFT line!
But I am not sure when it will go live (gh6/7/8)
Time of Flight measures accurate distances to subjects, so tap on touchscreen for subject to focus on, get an almost instant ToF reading to distance, quickly move lens focus system to where it needs to be for that distance (no contrast “wobble”, no overshooting, pinpoint accurate video tracking focus, etc). In theory, it beats “hybrid” (ie PDAF + CDAF like in the Sony/Fuji) because it eliminates the need for any back and forward movements that are required by CDAF calculations! It also eliminates PDAF sensor banding that Sony cleverly hides (but Canon and Nikon haven’t mastered the cover up quite as well, it can be seen in shadow recovery). Panasonic will use MFT as testing and maturing grounds for new developments (ToF AF, organic sensors, etc), much like Olympus does for their MFT > medical devices ;) 
This sounds like the holy grail of autofocus! No PDAF artifacts and superfast autofocus system!