Next Olympus FourThirds camera will come “in the relatively near future” (FourThirdsPhoto)


Olympus answered to a question list from FourThirdsPhoto.

Key points:
– When asked about future FourThirds development Olympus answered “expect to satisfy those waiting in the relatively near future
– About lenses: “Later in 2010, we plan to announce additional M.Zuiko Lenses; both zoom and prime focal lengths

[Thanks M.G.!]

  • YeahYeah

    The guy said the replacement for the E-1 was the E-3. Yes, thanks. But what about a camera with the same build and ergonomics as the E1?
    I’m sorry but the E3 is definitively under the E1’s quality….

  • Liad

    Dear Admin

    I have noticed that this info isn’t FT rated .

    Could you share with us your educated guess when is the ” relatively near future ” ?

    My uneducated guess is the end of June beginning of July

    • admin

      Hi Liad!
      According to our sources the E-5 is ready but launch has been postponed because MicroFourThirds now has the priority. It seems that Olympus factories can’t produce a huge ammount of FourThirds and MicroFourThirds cameras at the same time. Anf remember Photokina is coming…

  • Thom Jensen

    Here is E-450 (Japanese site):

  • Thom Jensen
  • Thom Jensen

    According to this site, “Though specs are the same as E-420 equipped with 4/3 type Live Mos sensor of effective 10 million pixel etc. The image processing engine is the same as E-30 and E-620 “TruePic III+” and 3 art filters.

  • Thom Jensen
    • admin

      Jensen! The camera is “old”. It has been released exatcly one year ago :)

  • Winder

    It was rumored that the E-5 was ready to launch with the GH1 sensor before Christmas. No idea if that was true or not, but if Olympus is going to wait to launch the camera I would hope they are continuing to make improvements to the design. The GH1 sensor is almost 2 years old now, and if they wait until Sept to launch the E-5 they will be putting “old” technology on the market and in 2 years they will have the same problem.

    Sony seems to have been caught off guard as well. Their A700 was discontinued and the planned replacement was shelved. Sony did not understand how much of an impact video would have the DSLR market, or how popular M4/3 would be.

  • “Relatively near”?! That covers a multitude of sins, as they say. And the waiting is killing me! Personally I am not expecting anything until Photokina, although I’m hoping it will be sooner. Any word on whether this satisfaction in the “relatively near future” will be the “E-5”, or something else? I’m wondering a) whether it will be released before I move to a new, cheaper, apartment and have more spare cash, and b) whether it’s worth waiting for a price drop before buying. How long was the E-3 out before the price started to come down?

    And thanks for the information about the factories and the supply chain. That actually doesn’t suggest anything very good about the future of 4/3, IMO. If your factory capacity is limited, and you have two product lines, one of which is a profitable market leader and one of which is not, you’re probably going to go with the profitable one…

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