(FT4) The competition is striking back: Samsung and Sony ready to launch new mirrorless cameras!


Just a small update about the MicroFourThirds competition. It seems that Sony is going to announce two or more mirrorless cameras on PMA (click here to read the specs on SonyAlphaRumors). Samsung is also going to announce a cheaper NX camera (source: k-rumors.com).

What’s common with the the two rumors is that it seems that both companies will present very compact cameras (like the Pen-series or Panasonic GF1).

Interesting: Canon and Nikon should not unveil any mirrorless camera soon…

  • Radis.rut

    Yay, more competition usually equals deal and price drop. wee!

  • Agent00soul

    I hope this puts a blow torch in Olympus behind, so they get those fast primes out the door ASAP.

  • Ray

    Great news! The more competitors the lower price and faster development.

  • This is good :)

  • I just realised something.. They better make em reeeally small, otherwise Im going for M43 anyway.. to bad for Sony and Samsung :) It actually feels good to not have any investment in M43 yet especially in these good times when theres rumors about real competition :) OMG, Im so exited about small cameras! :) ( and so tired of my Nikon D3 -brick)

  • gabriel

    What made me buy one of this camera is not only the size and weight, but mainly the lens. I’m always waiting for a fast wide angle prime, like the future pana 14mm f2/8. There is a lack of this lens, whatever manufacturer you take. In FF, there is for instance a Canon 28 f1/8, but in aps-c, nothing, nada, rien :(

  • Chow

    @ Gabriel

    The Canon 28 1.8 fits on any Canon aps-c camera.. Even the faster f1.4 primes fit on any Canon aps-c camera like the 24mm 1.4.. So it doesn’t have to be fullframe..

    Looking at the current 43 lens lineup I don’t think we have to expect m43 1.4 or 1.8 primes..
    IMO 2.8 ain’t by far fast enough for a sensor which has a cropfactor of 2x.. f2.8 gives a DOF similar to 5.6 on fullframe.. Furthermore f2.8 is not really comfortable enough for real lowlight shooting.

  • Will

    Gabriel, Sony’s upcoming mirrorless APC-C will reportedly have a 16mm/2.8. Exciting! That’s the one I’d want too.

  • Mike

    2 gabriel: yes, at start I thought mFT system will be rangefinder-styled camera in terms of fast and compact wide angle lenses but I know now we are at the beginning (ZD 17mm pancake is good for start and 20mm even better for low light). I see whole point in mFT system in nice range lenses from compact wides through fast normal (50mm equiv.) to short telephoto ones. Short flange back claims that but this potential is wasted by now. Putting large zooms or long telephoto lenses on the mFT is possible but compactness (or discreetness) are completely gone.

    @ Chow: Those Canon lenses can be mounted on smaller sensors (but will be reduced by 1.6x crop factor) and as we know in wides every millimeter counts ;). For primary razor thin and purposeless DOF the mFT is not ideal choice (but can be achieved with right lens, even with inexpensive manual focusing one from film cameras). For that f2.8 I see your point, but in digital age this issue is recompensed by high ISO capabilities (it could be better, I know :D). It have to be balanced the f number and size/weight of the lens to camera system body (Olympus always consider this).

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