Olympus confirms that they are working on the E-3 successor.

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In an interview with Amateur Photographer MR.Terada from Olympus said that “we are planning to introduce new Four Thirds bodies in the future” and “a replacement for the top-end E-3 is being worked on“.

We from 43rumors”believe” that the E-5 (?) will be more than just an upgraded E-3.

Now the BIG question. What happened with MR.Richard S. Pelkowski from Olympus US who weeks ago told us that the Olympus E-Sytem will go mirrorless within two years?

[Thanks noisycamera]
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  • that’s really great news I was undecided as to wheteher to purchase the Olympus 7-14mm f4 Lens or the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 ASPH LUMIX lens as I own four thirds and micro four thirds cameras ( I have a preference for the Olympus lense in this case as it can be used with both types of cameras and the micro four thirds adaptor).
    Just need to see Olympus improve the menu system on their cameras in that you should be able to quickly switch settings and not have to dig deep into the menus…

    Owner od Panasonic L10 x2 , GH1 and an Olympus 620

  • Mattias

    That sounds great! Now they just have to prove it by announcing it!

  • achiinto

    I am glad that they are working on it. I don’t really need it fast, as the E3 already satisfy my needs. But as long as I know that there is a future in the system, I can continue to invest in the system. Thanks.

  • YouDidn’tDidYou, what menus’ do you typically dive into? I find that on my e-510 I never “dive” into the menus, as long as I have my super control panel around.

    just use the arrow keys to highlight a setting, pretty much all the userful settings are there, then either hit ok to bring up a sub menu, or what I do, is just roll the dial and it’ll switch without having to do any submenu work.

    You may not have the super panel active, it’s one of the info modes.

    Anyways, I agree, this is very good news!

  • re Joesiv
    1. dial on top doesn’t go all the way round eg to get M,S,A,P from from artscene you have to go long way round
    2.can’t change aspect ratios or flash compensation from the super control menu
    3. in the white balance menu for instance you can only scroll across use the thumb pad on the back …not up or down (taking longer to reach settings in the middles of the menu).
    4.you can’t go use art filters combined with aperture , manual or shutter mode
    5.manual focus assist takes 2-4 extra buttton presses than panasonic models go to manual focus eg on the L10/GH1 half pressing the shutter button confirms to the enlarged screen that you have achieved focus you don’t have to press the OK button at this stage and then press the shutter button to take the shot.
    also why doesn’t focus assist cover 100% of the screen
    6.AF focus sensitivity is buried deep in the menu (on the Panasonics I changed this frequently while shooting, also on the Panasonics it would show up with smaller squares on the screen (no guess work)

  • Newsed1

    I think the real news from this interview, is Olympus’s decision not to take the leap to mirror-less construction for the new 4/3 models.

    They seem to have forgone the best chance to get ahead of Canon and Nikon and build proper DSLRs that can also work properly (AF etc) with HD Video.

    A mystifying company. I started off with OM2SPs and OM4TIs, but, lenses aside, the digital Olympus DSLRs always seem to be hobbled by one problem or another.

    The inability to sell me a M43 camera that allows an EVF and microphone input at the same time is the latest nonsense. I fear my EP-1 is about to be replaced by the Panasonic M43 system…

  • Jay

    Newsed…..

    Olympus just can’t win with folks like you around.

    Make the switch already.

    P.S. If you want pro video then buy video camera. How on earth have you managed to take photographs for all these years before they started including video in DSLRs?

    Dope.

  • YouDidntDidYou, ahh, you shoot very differently than me :)

    1. dial on top doesn’t go all the way round eg to get M,S,A,P from from artscene you have to go long way round
    I leave mine on M, and I’m happy :)

    2.can’t change aspect ratios or flash compensation from the super control menu
    Never change aspect ratio, I shoot Raw, and crop in post if need be. OVF’s don’t show the crop mode framing anyways, so why risk missing the shot by *that* much, and not be able to fix it in post.

    3. in the white balance menu for instance you can only scroll across use the thumb pad on the back …not up or down (taking longer to reach settings in the middles of the menu).
    I shoot RAW, so I leave it on auto, or use a manual preset.

    4.you can’t go use art filters combined with aperture , manual or shutter mode
    This is a limitation of art filters, sad.

    5.manual focus assist takes 2-4 extra buttton presses than panasonic models go to manual focus eg on the L10/GH1 half pressing the shutter button confirms to the enlarged screen that you have achieved focus you don’t have to press the OK button at this stage and then press the shutter button to take the shot.
    also why doesn’t focus assist cover 100% of the screen
    yeah live view is a bit of a kludge on Olympus! It boggles my mind the current setup they have for this. The quick buttons (arrows) are useless when doing the focus zoom feature, I’m starting to get your point. I rarely use live view though. But If I had a swivel screen I would use it more.

    6.AF focus sensitivity is buried deep in the menu (on the Panasonics I changed this frequently while shooting, also on the Panasonics it would show up with smaller squares on the screen (no guess work)
    yeah, haven’t played with this stuff yet.

    :D

    I guess you’re right, for live view Olympus really should re-work their UI.

  • @ YouDidn’t

    Flash Compensation can quickly be accessed by holding both the Flash & EV Compensation buttons, then using the thumb wheel to change the value. Flash Comp (other than a setting of 0) is displayed as a bar above the EV Comp bar on the super control panel. Hope that helps!

    I would like to see all future Oly bodies offer a quick MF Assist option. The implementation on the current 4/3 bodies is useable but clunky.

  • hi Joseiv
    I shoot in jpeg and try to get everything right in camera, I use auto white balance as a last resort (buttons on one of my Panasonic L10s are nearly worn out) , I tend to use (in order of frequency) aperture, shutter, manual, art scene, as well as the various colour modes, ISO settings and very frequent lense changes.
    You should try shoot in different aspect ratio it may change how you compose your images, also I tend to only crop a couple of photos (literally) a year.
    Manual focus assist on the Panasonic L10 is excellent and on the GH1 near as good (it doesn’t go all the way across the screen).

    hi Jimson
    thank for the flash compensation tip found it!

  • rickie

    “… in the future”, “… being worked on”. When it be released? Two years from now? By then they may have gone full mirrorless with e-5 being the first pro mirrorless 4/3 …

    Oly really leaves us with a lot of questions lately. I would have already jumped ship to panasonic if they had inbody IS.

  • marilyn

    Jay says:
    March 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Newsed…..

    Olympus just can’t win with folks like you around.

    Make the switch already.

    P.S. If you want pro video then buy video camera. How on earth have you managed to take photographs for all these years before they started including video in DSLRs?

    Dope.

    I FELT U CANT TAKE INNOVATION DUDE….

  • Radis.Rut

    How good it has to be, to please the people who’re waiting for it?

  • Trst

    I belive we will see the first 4/3 camera without a mirror when the new E-5 (or whatever name it will have) I’m looking forward to photo action with something like 20fps and a lot of pretty EVF “gadgetry” in the viewfinder! And of course HD video. In addition I think we will get the best DR and High ISO property of any Oly camera so far. :)

  • YouDidntDidYou, yeah I used to own a FZ50, indeed it’s live (only) view UI was much better. I found this out when I tried to do the job I used to do with the flippy screen and tripod with my e-510, that was frusterating (and a mirror slap fest).

    I use other aspect ratios, but since I rarely use live view, it would make not sense for me to set it on camera. I do it in post when I convert my RAWs. It works nice, I can select all files and set to 2:3 or other in one go… but then go in and shift things around if the composition is stronger. best part is, if I do an alternate print size, say an 8×10, I still have the original RAW file I can use, so a double crop isn’t required, I always make the most of the pixels I have.

    To crop in camera to 2:3 and then print a 8×10, which would then crop that already cropped image, really is counter productive IMO :)

  • newsed1

    Jay

    I work as a journalist and I now have to feed a website as well as a magazine. And I spend a lot of time with moving vehicles.

    Video cameras have one big problem – you can’t get a really wide angle view.

    And the people I take pictures for on a semi-pro basis are now expecting video clips. Ever heard of the You Tube generation?

  • Hirone

    As a current 4/3 user, the only two factors which could make me jump to other DSLR are LCD and body size.

    Almost all the concurrent DSLRs are equipped with 920k pixel LCD (Canon 500D/550D/7D, Nikon D300s/ D90, Pentax K7, SONY A550/A7X0).
    Even low cost compact DC (e.g. RICOH CX1 CX2 CX3) are equipped with 920k pixel LCD. I think that will be a humiliation for OLY if OLY just put 460k pixel LCD on this upcoming E-3 successor.

    Both for pleasing those waiting people and for grabing new followers, it is quite essential to fulfill some baselines for a modern-day DSLR body. I really think a fine quality LCD is the baseline. I will definitely withdraw from 4/3 if OLY cannot provide this body-part with just contemporary standing (3″ 920k pixel).

  • sorry can’t see the purpose of having a 920k pixel LCD except to drain the batteries, the present pixel count in Four Thirds LCD’s does the job well, I think it’s a bit of a red herring

  • Sinnerman

    Keep the HD video…would love Higher ISO (and faster lenses).

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