(FT4) Olympus E-3 successor will be unveiled in 2010.

Since weeks we try to get some more infos about the long awaited E-3 successor. We received rumors from here and there and only now we are getting an idea what’s happening. Remember this are rumors only and not official Olympus news. We have no affiliation with Olympus and read our disclaimer at the bottom of the left sidebar if you need to understand what the word “rumors” means.

At the beginning of the year we thought to know the E-3 successor will be unveiled at the end of 2009. It should be an upgraded E-3  camera. Now our sources told us that the huge MicroFourThirds success may has changed their roadmap. Of course there will be an E-3 successor but the release may has been postponed. Probably there will be NO! E-3 successor this year. One new source said “this will be a complete new developed camera“. A trusted source told us that “the E-5 will be a revolutionary camera, not just an E-3 evolution“. Anyway all sources do confirm that Olympus will continue their engadgment in classic FourThirds cameras and lenses.

Some of our sources do believe the E-5 will be a mirrorless High-End camera.

In summary (remember it is a rumor!):

1) there will be no E-3 successor this year

2) The E-5 may be a mirrorless High-End camera

3) classic FourThirds camera and lens development will continue but Olympus priority is to develop new MicroFourThirds products.

4) After the Olympus is ready to announce the second MFT camera on October 31th ;)

Thanks to all our sources for sharing their infos.

The 43rumors team

(FT3) Big Olympus E-3 price drop in Germany. Is that a sign?


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I checked the prices in US, UK and Germany and I noticed a price drop in Germany (-100 Euro!).

Two big german online stores are selling the E-3 body for 800 Euros only. Normally such big price drops happens when the camera is going to be replaced.

A german 43rumors reader sent me following graph:


Have you noticed something?

(FT5) UPDATED3 -> Four Thirds is dead! Long live Four Thirds!

FT5 rumors are rare but when we publish one you can trust  that we know what we are doing!

I know people started saying that after the MicroFourThirds success classic Four Thirds development is going to die. Forget it! Expect big Four Thirds news between late August and October. Cameras and lenses are coming! The E-3 successor is ready to be announced. It should arrive together with the new prime lenses. I hope to get some concrete specs these cameras and lenses soon!

(FT4) The E-3 successor is rumored to use the 12 Megapixel, E-30 sensor with a weaker AA filter, and little upgrades in the AutoFocus system . It will have Art Filters.

UPDATE: The E-3 successor will be an upgraded E-3. But the same source who gave me the specs told me Olympus will release a completely new high-end camera next year (probably at Photokina 2010)

UPDATE2: This is what of a source told us: “The E3 Evolution (or mark 2) is essentially a repackaged E3 with E30 features. If you add in what the E30 has, like art filters, digital leveler, AF adjustments, you’ll be pretty accurate. The E4 will only be released next year.

UPDATE3: The most improbable rumored name for the E-3 successor is “OM-N1“. The sources told me that the name will not be E-4 or E-5!

(FT 3) One more source says E-3 upgrade is coming

We received one more confirmation from a new source that the E-3 successor will just be a small upgrade of the E-3. So expect a new E-3 with E-30 sensor and some little new features (expect art filters, improved in-body IS and upgraded liveview).


I kindly ask all of our anonymous rumor senders to give me some kind of REAL email which makes it possible to me to answer them. I will keep your email anonymous. You may create a gmail account first using pseudonyms. But thanks anyway for sharing every rumor you have! Many thanks!