(FT3) About the Olympus E-5 and the 400-series

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A fake image of the E-5

Finally some new rumors about Olympus!
You will remember that we told you that the Olympus E-5 release has been delayed because of the MicroFourThirds success. Olympus seems to not have enough production capability for MicroFourThirds and FourThirds stuff. Acoording to one of our known and trusted sources “there are new late changes being made to the E-3/E-30 replacement duo as we speak“. Interesting is the fact that he says E-3/E-30. Could the E-5 be considered as the replacement for both cameras?

He also told me that “there is some confusion right now as to what we want to do with the 400-series E-System group because it is possible that the Pen range could take up the slack here

P.S.: We are 99% certain the Olympus E-5 will be announced soon (between June and September).

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26 of the 80 most sold cameras in Japan from Olympus and Panasonic (32%)

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26 cameras of the 80 most sold DSLR (during the last week) listed on BCNranking are Panasonic or Olympus cameras.

From the most sold 80 DSLR:
17 are Canon cameras
14 Olympus cameras
12 Panasonic cameras
12 Nikon cameras

Ranking+ camera:
10 Black Panasonic GF1+20mm
15 White Panasonic GF1+20mm
16 White Olympus E-PL1 +14-42mm
20 Red Panasonic G1 +14-45mm
22 White Olympus E-PL1 (double kit)
30 Silver Olympus E-PL1 +14-42mm
35 Black Olympus E-PL1 +14-42mm
35 Silver Olympus E-PL1 (double kit)
40 Black Panasonic G1 +14-45mm
41 Black Olympus E-PL1 (double kit)
44 Black Panasonic G1 (double kit)
47 Red Panasonic GF1+20mm
48 Silver Panasonic GF1+20mm
61 Olympus E-620 (double kit)
61 Black Panasonic GF1+14-45mm
64 Silver Olympus E-P2 +14-42mm
65 Olympus E-P1 (double kit)
66 Black Olympus E-P2 +14-42mm
66 Blue Panasonic G1 +14-45mm
70 Gold Panasonic G1 +14-45mm
71 Silver-Brown Olympus E-P2 +17mm
74 Olympus E-620 +14-42mm
74 Panasonic GH1 +14-140mm
77 Silver Olympus E-P1 +17mm
79 Red Panasonic G1 (double kit)

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The E-P1 now has the same price as the E-PL1

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Curious: The Olympus E-P1 has now the same price of the Olympus E-PL1 :)

I don’t know if all this price drops have to do with the upcoming Sony mirorrless camera announcements..probably not. But fact is that many MicoFourThirds stuff has the lowest price ever!

The Panasonic 14-140mm price dropped under $800 for the first time ($788.95)
The Panasonic 45mm has also the lowest price ever seen on amazon ($817.85)
The Olympus E-P2 now for $998.95
The Panasonic GF1 with 14-45mm Lens for $754.45

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Panasonic updates firmwares for DMC-GF1/GH1/G1 will be available worldwide the 10th of May

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Firmware ver.1.2 for DMC-GF1

  • Improved operation menu for image stabilizer ([OFF] will be added under [STABILIZER] only when LUMIX G VARIO 14-42 mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014042) is attached)
  • Improved AF performance with lenses of other manufacturer

Firmware ver.1.3 for DMC-GH1

  • Improved operation menu for image stabilizer ([OFF] will be added under [STABILIZER] only when LUMIX G VARIO 14-42 mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014042) is attached)
  • Availability of AF performance in FHD (full HD) movie recording mode with Four Thirds lenses that are compatible with contrast AF
  • Improved AF performance in movie recording with LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045)
  • Improved modulation accuracy of flash
  • Improved AF performance with lenses of other manufacturer

Firmware ver.1.5 for DMC-G1

  • Improved operation menu for image stabilizer ([OFF] will be added under [STABILIZER] only when LUMIX G VARIO 14-42 mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014042) is attached)
  • Improved modulation accuracy of flash
  • Improved AF performance with lenses of other manufacturer

The new firmware will be available worldwide at GMT: 8:00 the 10th of May, 2010 at
http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/.

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Next detailed Olympus 9-18mm review on quesabesde

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The spanish website quesabesde tested the new Olympus 9-18mm lens (google english translation).

Their sentences in short:
– surprised by the smallness of their size, both length and diameter (but it becomes very long when you are at 9mm)
– fast autofocus (compared with older Olympus MFT lenses)
– 9 mm shows a significant distortion
– best results working with an aperture of f/8
– almost no vignetting
– moderate CA (Chromatic aberration)

Reminder:
Worldwide shipping starts on April 23!

Preorders:
Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon Japan / Amazon Germany / Amazon France

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