(FT5) New OM-5 will be announced in July

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Two trusted sources confirmed that Om Digital will announce the new OM-5 in July. I still have no specs but I have been told this is not the replacement of E-M5 Mark III. Easy to guess this will be an OM-1 minus some features and minus $$$ :)

I hope that OM Digital will be able to solve their production shortages with the OM-1 before the OM-5 comes out!

 

New Lumix camera with “Sick AF” performance might be announced soon!

In his latest LUMIX live-session, Sean Robinson did place another easter egg. While picking up a card reader that “accidentally” fell to the ground, he showed a printing on the back of his t-shirt: “S1CK A.F.”

Likely a hint for a new camera with phase detection AF? Sean did a similar “eater egg” action before the GH6 launch. And I guess this time he is doing it for a new S camera and not a new MFT model.


Thanks Harry!

RUMOR: Definitely more new MFT camera(s) coming in 2022

We are now used with very long periods without new MFT camera announcements. Some of you were worried that after the big OM-1 and GH6 launch we might have entered a very slow and boring period. But today I am here to tell you that I am now 100% certain there will be new MFT camera announcements in 2022. I am working to get the details about those models, but if the GH6 and OM-1 are too expensive for you, than wait for what’s coming next!

Here is the video about it (please subscribe the new youtube channel).

OM 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS patent

Back in September the latest OM Digital Lens roadmap teased the launch of a new “macro” lens in the 100mm range. Asobinet just spotted the patent of this lens: It’s a 100mm f/2.8 macro:

 

I am pretty sure this lens will be released this year!

Panasonic working on phase detection AF for future models, and new MFT lenses are coming too.

Preorders: GH6 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama. In EU at Fotokoch DE, Calumet DE, Foto Erhardt DE. WexUK, Park UK.

Newsshooter talked to Panasonic manager Yosuke Yamane. A couple of key points he made:

  • Although the full-frame market is expanding as many companies enter the full-frame mirrorless market, we expect the demand for MFTS, which has unique characteristics, to remain firm.
  • I believe that creators will find value in these characteristics of M4/3, and I expect that demand will exceed a certain level in 2022.
  • LUMIX continues to explore the possibilities of all methods, including Phase Detection AF.
  • In the future, we are developing a M4/3 lens that can capture more impressive scenes with the GH6, so please look forward to it.

He also has been interviewed by Amateur Photographer:

  • it wasn’t possible to get phase [detection] based autofocus with this sensor.
  • Just to be clear, that doesn’t mean we aren’t investigating phase [detection] based autofocus systems, or Time-Of-Flight [ToF] autofocus systems, or maybe something really cool that none of us have ever heard of before… but at this time, with this camera, this is what we’re going to be able to offer.

OM Digital is considering making future 8K cameras with 32 Megapixel sensors

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OM Digital Global Marketing Eiji Shirota has been interviewed by Japanese youtuber Gizmomo. First he explained why they decided to stick to the 20MP resolution (google translated):

  • The problem with changing the sensor this time was that the sensor has changed significantly by greatly increasing the resolution.
  • The other is to increase high sensitivity resistance and noise resistance.
  • Regarding the resolution, I was thinking of improving the number of pixels, but on the other hand, there were overwhelmingly many requests for better noise immunity, so I decided to maintain the number of pixels.

At the same time OM Digital manager made it clear that they are of course considering to make future OM cameras with 8K recording capabilities.