(FT 4) Final m4/3 camera from Olympus will have a different look then the mockup

We are sure everyone has in his mind this photo, the secret Olympus camera covered with a blue cloth. We already made the prediction that the final REAL camera will look different than the orange mockup. Now we have the first REAL confirmation give by a Japanese photographer. According to Kimio Tanaka, photographer and camera technology writer, the camera wore blue velvet was a real prototype very nearly finished! He said he couldn’t believe that story at first. But it was true.

Link to his homepage:

japanese

english translation

Thanks to N.M. for sending us the link!

UPDATE: It is rumored to be silver.

UPDATE 2: Our main sources told us that under the cloth they have the final version of the micro four thirds camera!

FINALLY, do you like the new design?

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Pentax K-7 specs…

Now it seems the specs are semi official. From Rice blogs

Camera Name: Pentax K-7 (It Is “K Hyphen Seven” – *No* “D” Letter and *With* the Hyphen)
Size: Width Slightly Less than K20D, but Slightly Taller for the Body’s Head; Slimmer Body Design – Overall Volume Comparable to the K200D, but Still Slightly Larger
Sensor Format: APS-C, Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Mount: Pentax KAF-3 (Crippled K-mount, Support Both Body Driven “Screw-Type” AF and SDM)
Viewfinder Coverage and Magnification: >95% and/or >0.95X ( by my Best Measurement and Estimation – It could be 100% *and* 1.0X ! Actually, I’ve measured that result but just can’t believe it myself !! )
RTF: Yes, Manual Pop-up
Live View: Yes, Activated by One-touch Dedicated “LV” button at the Thumb Position
Movie/Video Recording: Movie/Video with Mono-Audio Recording
Monochrome status LCD: Yes
Rear Colour LCD: 3.0″
e-Wheels Control: Front and Rear Wheels
Green Button: Yes, Directly Under the Rear Wheel
Exposure Modes: Green Mode, P, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, M, B, X, User and Movie
Focusing Modes: AF-S, AF-C, MF
Dedicated AF Button: Yes
Dedicated AF Point Selector: Yes: Central, Auto and User Select
Built-in AF Assist Light: Yes, Bright Type (Not Near IR)
Dedicated Metering Mode Selector: Yes: Evaluative, Centre-Weighted Average, Spot
Controls Around Shutter Release: Optical/Digital Preview; Separate Buttons for ISO and +/-EV Compensation; Top LCD Panel Backlight/Illumination
Other Direct Controls: With the Four Ways / “OK” Buttons: WB, Flash, Drive and Colour Mode / AF Point Selection Activation
Standard Controls: Play/Delete (at Upper Left), INFO/MENU (at Lower Right)
RAW Button: Yes
“Fn” (Function) Button: No (Not Needed with New Direct Controls Design)
Shake Reduction Switch: No (to be Enabled and Disabled via System Menu)
PC Sync Socket: Yes
IR Remote Control: Yes, Front and Rear Receivers
Accessory: Vertical Battery Grip D-BG4

(FT 3) BIG! Panasonic and Leica to produce together a new compact m4/3 camera?

Fake rendered image of a possible LX5

Fake rendered image of a possible LX5

So Panasonic folks. We have something for you. In the last week we received some informations from two sources who gave us some news over Panasonic and Leica micro four thirds plan.

That’s what we got and to bo honest this are the first Panasonic rumors we publish with (FT3) value. FT3 means that is not only a cheap rumor!

1) We from 43rumors are sure a Panasonic compact mico four thirds camera will come before the end of this year but what really surprises us is tht this will probably be made in collaboration with Leica.

2) In the same way they produced the LX3 /D-LUX 4 duo they probably will sell the similar camera with minor differences. Leica announced two things in the past:
a) They don’t plan to enter in the m4/3 market
b) They want a cheaper alternative to the M-series

It seems they were cheating us on point “a” ;) May Panasonic has convinced Leica to enter in the micro for thirds market. It seems wise for Leica to go for m4/3 instead of doing all alone! And the Panasonic and Olympus m4/3 brand will gain a lot of credit having Leica (and his lenses) on board!

3) One single rumor claimed to know that “There isn’t a lot to improve on the LX-3! Yes they could try to make a little bigger sensor then the one inside the LX§3 but this doesn’t really make any sense. That’s why they choose to upgrade the LX series. That means the next LX5 will be the compact micro four thirds camera! Count on this! (translation from other language)”

4) If Leica enters the micro four thirds world expect to see the release of new Leica lenses specially made for m4/3!

It is to early for specs, I don’t have any certain onfromation. May I write a (FT1) post later with specs I got from anonymous people.

UPDATE: it is possible that such a camera could be announced this year but we are very doubtful that it will be called “LX5”. Probably it will have a new name.

UPDATE 2: Yes, one trusted source told us the compact m4/3 camera will not be the LX5.

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(under construction) Panasonic/Leica rumors

Leicarumors.com and 43rumors.com will soon publish a rumor over Panasonic and Leica plans. Sorry if I let you wait but we still have to wait for some confirmation…

I can say you now it has to do something with the LX5