Rumor: Olympus to introduce three new PEN cameras in 2011

Photoradar reports that Olympus will announce three new PEN cameras this year:

"Olympus plans to release a high-performance PEN camera with touchscreen technology – possibly the PEN Pro reported earlier this month – as well as a mid-range PEN camera with a tilt screen and a PEN camera with flash in the original PEN EP-1 design."

The first mid-range PEN camera is expected to be released as soon as April.

Few weeks ago Olympus stated in an interview that a potential PRO PEN camera is 2-3 years away.

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  • ZDP-189

    Well, that’s just like Olympus. They need a new wave of cameras every six months to make the past models redundant. Also a nice fake out telling people not to wait for a Pen Pro so they’ll buy the E-5 then pull the Pen Pro out of the hat with the words “Abracadabra, suckers!”

    Touchscreen technology? Touch screen technology is to cameras what botox and collagen lips are to college girls: expensive, redundant and detracting. Apple is the exception. The reason is apple knows to keep touch controls down to one or two on the screen and to use multitouch gestures mostly for displaying, positioning and editing. Apple also uses the best available touchscreen of the day, in terms of touch resolution and accuracy. I have zero confidence that the Pen Pro will be what I’d wish it to be – iPhone style multitouch, Nikon metering, Ricoh’s control system and true professional quality optics and sensor. Not some consumer compact crud in a fancy shell and a ‘pro’ label, but at the standard of Canon L, Nikon’s best, etc.

    Forgive my rant, but I am a big fan of Olympus of old. I love their half frame cameras, their Mju compacts, etc., but they have strayed from the path and are more about marketing consumer disposables than engineering professional imaging tools.

  • CRB

    I never get tired of asking…same sensor? thanks

  • gh42

    Olympus video has been extremely disappointing. Unlike Panasonic, Canon, and Sony they don’t have to worry about cannibalizing high end and expensive video camera sales. Right now the GH2 is easily the best DSLR when it comes to video. But it still has it’s faults. Olympus could become the king of high end DSLR video.

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