(Downgraded from FT3 to FT2) UPDATED: Olympus E-P3 and E-PL3 to be announced on June 3? And mini Olympus model.

UPDATE: The translation from google was not correct and the webmaster from Digicam info was so kind to contact me. He also said the info is from a new source (not a trusted known source!). That’s why I downgraded the rumor form FT3 to FT2 (see the rumor classification on the bottom of the post if you don’t know what this means).

The japanese blog Digicam Info (Click here) says the new Olympus E-P3 and E-PL3 will be announced in June the 3rd. And there will be a new Olympus mini too! All three cameras will feature the same 12 Megapixel sensor and will not have any built-in viewfinder. Digicam Info was the website that posted the (correct) rumor about the E-PL1s. Anyway I would be very careful with that information. Some of my new sources are giving me “different” rumors. I am  still waiting for my trusted sources to disclose the “real” details. That Olympus will replace the E-PL2 after only 6 months(!!!) sounds a bit nonsense. And why replace it with an E-PL3 having the same sensor? Hmmm…

Digicam info also says the new Olympus mini camera will be a a mini model ideal for women! Should we expect a sort of Minox camera? (Click here to see the Minox).

As I said take all with a grain of salt!

Reminder -> 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

Working on both Olympus and Panasonic rumors (thanks for all rumors you sent to me).

It’s pretty busy here in the rumors world. I received dozens of rumors from new sources and I want to thank them all! As you can imagine I have to cross check all rumors with my reliable sources.

There are two things I have to keep in mind when I work with rumors:
1) I know the big companies often do spread false rumors
2) Sources can intentionally or unintentionally share some wrong information. Also trusted sources gave me (unintentionally) wrong rumors in the past!

There are a couple of things I am working on:

1) The Panasonic GF camera specs.
I also got a rumor from new sources about a second GF camera which will be announced in a couple of months.

2) The Panasonic 25mm f/1.4
I am trying to find out the price of the lens (hope it’s not over $700)

3) The new Olympus PEN camera(s)
So will there be one or two new PEN cameras in June? Got some more rumors from new sources and I can only say the answer seems to be more YES for teo PEN models :)

4) The new Olympus lenses
While most of the sources are pretty sure the 12mm 2.0 lens is coming there is some conflicting report about the second portrait lens. I have been told Olympus had a couple of different options. This might be the cause of the conflict.

Anyway, all that stuff is coming in June! You can expect me to post FT4 FT5 rumors at any time! Stay tuned :)

GF2 not selling well (and where to find the GF1)

I am in touch with many dealers to talk about the present and future Micro Four Thirds cameras. We are not talking about rumors only but also about hard facts. The dealers confirmed the Panasonic GF2 is not selling as well as the older Panasonic GF1. They are currently selling more NEX cameras than GF2. Most of the dealers do think that Panasonic should make two kind of GF cameras, one ultra-compact and tiny model to compete against the NEX-C3 and a more advanced and bigger model with full manual controls and maybe built-in EVF. The current GF2 simply is neither fish nor fowl. Let’s see what kind of GF camera Panasonic will announce! In times like this I am having a lot of fun working on rumors. I really feel that some of the products we will see during June will be very much appreciated by the Micro Four Thirds folks.

And if you like me are looking for good cameras for a cheap price you have to look on current GF1 deals. You can get that camera for less than any high end compact with tiny sensor:
Silver GF1 body for 249 Euro at Foto Video Digital Mundus (Click here).
Black GF1 body for 279 Euro at Der Foto Brell GmbH (Click here).
Red GF1 body for 249 Euro at Foto Video Digital Mundus (Click here).
Silver GF1 with 14-42mm lens for 429 Euro at Foto Video Digital Mundus (Click here).

Feel free to add links to other stores if you can find come nice deal! Thanks! And stay tuned on 43rumors!!!

UPDATE: And take a look at the mirrorless roadmap at MirrorlessRumors.com!

Panasonic-Leica 25mm Four Thirds lens discontinued! E-P2 too (in Europe)

Yesterday we told you that Panasonic would announce the new Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens in June. So it might not be casual that the excellent Four Thirds version of the Pana-Leica has been officially signed as discontinued at BHphoto (Click here to see it). There are some in Stock at Amazon (Click here) but available through third party resellers only.

And it also many not casual that the Panasonic GF2 with 14-42mm lens is available for $499 only at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

In Europe the E-P2 has been discounted and sells for 399 Euro (yes amazing) at rajalacamera (Finland) and Fotohanskeuzekamp (Holland). I didn’t notice the same deals in other stores but you can always check for yourself by clicking those direct links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay. A couple of european dealers confirmed that Olympus told them the E-P2 is now out of production! That’s why you see those price drops.

(FT5) Definitely a new Olympus PEN camera coming in June! E-P2 out of production!

The Olympus E-P2 is now out of production!

I am getting many rumors about the upcoming new Olympus cameras. What I can tell you today is that I am sure there will be a new PEN camera in June. But there is something I didn’t figure out yet. People is sending me different specs and I do believe this may happen because there are two different PEN cameras coming? That’s FT3 only for now, but that could explain the two different sort of rumors I am receiving in those days. I will try to post some FT5 rumor as soon as possible! I ask my sources to clarify which PEN is coming when. Thanks for your help!

UPDATE: The rumors I received are about one PEN entry level camera and about a high quality PEN with built-in EVF (just like the Fuji X100).

A couple of dealers contacted me to say that Olympus told them the Olympus E-P2 is now out of production. I guess this is not a surprise for none of us. The price has fallen a lot and it’s now pretty close to the E-PL2:
E-P2 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
E-PL2 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

If you like me are still dreaming for an Olympus rangefinder styled PEN take a look at those nice rangefinder filmcameras. You never know Olympus will take something from that design like they have done with the E-P1/2 and PEN filmcameras:
– The Olympus RD (Click here to see that camera on eBay ). It has a built in rangefinder system.
– The Olympus 35 RC (Click here to see that camera on eBay ). I think that’s the smallest 35mm film rangefinder camera ever made!
– The Olympus 35 SP (Click here to see that camera on eBay ). I love the manual controls of that camera.

Reminder -> 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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