(FT3) UPDATED-> The camera on the teaser is a new compact camera (no MicroFourThirds?)

That is what one of my trusted sources are “suggessting” me: “the camera will not be what people expect“…. (No MFT?).

UPDATE: Olympus will also announce a new Tough camera (very likely not the one shown in the teaser):
A “supposed” Olympus product tester wrote inside the bogley.com forum that “they are coming out with an updated Tough series camera soon – hush hush. Can’t give away details but it’s even better than before! Thus, as I await for the new camera to arrive I’ll be selling my old one…

Private message: I am receiving so many rumors news and emails that I had to take one day holiday from my real job. Today I will read all the emails and rumors again and I hope i will not forget to answer you all :)

  • zul

    the teaser doesn’t show that it is a tough camera at all….

  • CR102

    If I’m not mistaken, all Tough cameras to date have had this tiny internal lens. The lens on the teaser is very different. Also, the bit on the top left does not make sense in a highly sealed body.

  • light snapper

    he must be talking about another camera

  • I am sure this is a MFT cam~~~

  • Doroga

    Flash hot shoe is so necessary for cheap underwater camera?

    Looks like serious compact with fixed lens, same as G11 or 4/3 sensor

  • Obviously the camera in the pic couldn’t be a new Tough cam since those use folded optics. This may be a large-sensored fixed lens compact. Maybe 1/1.63″ or even 2.0x FOVCF.

  • Agent00soul

    If you look between the fingers in the teaser picture, you see the “O” from “M-ZUIKO” on the 17 mm lens (compare with the picture of the E-P1 at the page header).
    This camera is most likely the promised lower cost m4/3 model. It makes sense to bring the latter out now that Samsung are expected to start competing on price. This camera will probably be like the GF-1 but with an all-plastic shell (and built in flash but no EVF). Hopefully it will retain the E-P1 IBIS and maybe it even has the port for an optional EVF (same as E-P2).

    • admin

      Hi Agent00soul! I also believe this could be a new MFT entry-level camera…Let’s see.

  • Doroga

    I compared this camera to e-p1 based on hot shoe size.

    This camera width is 1 cm less & it is a tiny bit taller.
    So overall it is same size as e-p1.
    IBIS & shutter take quite a lot of space inside, so they both are still there.

    Lens certainly is a Zuiko 17mm.

    & at right it looks like hidden flash.

    New sensor ? (quite possible because of new Pana cameras expected)
    faster AF ?
    EVF port ?
    Better screen ?

  • Random Guy

    Judging by the size of the hand, it’s more like G11/GF1/EP1 than LX3/S90/other small compacts with regard to size.

    I think it bears a resemblance to the Olympus m43 prototype design which Olympus showed at m43 launch. At least more so than to Olympus’ current compact offerings.

    I’d guess is it’s a weather sealed compact with m43 sensor. It could be a m43 camera, too, but I doubt it. It seems Olympus’ production can barely meet the demand for EP1 and EP2 and I’d think they’re unlikely to introduce another EP-sized m43 model this soon after EP2 launch. (I don’t think this will be a cheap entry level m43 model, because it’s supposed to be “tough”, and a “tough” m43 body and associated “tough” lenses would probably cost more than EP1 to make.)

  • misu

    what if it has a foveon like sensor?
    I wish I could have that in a tough body.

  • Spunkweed

    I’ll bet it’s a e-4×0 series equivalent m4/3 camera, I mean if it’s that small but still appears to have the 17mm on it, then the only thing they could do to make it smaller than the pen 1 & 2 is pull the IS (if I remember correctly someone took one apart and most of it was IS and battery). If that’s what it is I’d love one!

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