Olympus is developing a brand new Micro Four Thirds camera concept, E-5 successor

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Digital Camera Magazine (same magazine who had the interview with the Pentax executive) published also an interview with Olympus marketing manager Mr. Ogawa who said that Olympus is working on a brand new Micro Four Thirds camera concept that will be different then the current PEN line. The key points from the interview (taken from dpreview):

  • He sincerely apologized for the current trouble at Olympus
  • Currently developing a new series of micro four third cameras, not PEN series
  • This camera will be a based on a brand new concept
  • Camera will emphasize on new viewfinder (spec unknown but with Olympus twist)
  • When asked about Four Third camera, Olympus is developing E-5 successor
A preview of the upcoming magazine can be downloaded here. For the Japanese speaking readers: do you see any other interesting pieces of information in that article?
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  • Ben Y

    A mini m43 SLR would be sweet.

    • http://www.flickr.com/genotypewriter genotypewriter

      lol that’s what you call a FourThirds DSLR.

      FourThirds and microFourThirds both have the same sized sensor. The latter is micro because the platform doesn’t use a mirror and can use a shorter flange distance.

      • Ben Y

        The difference is that it uses a different mount. IIRC, the Panasonic LC1 didn’t have a mirror but it was still a FT mount. I’m saying it would be cool if they somehow managed to fit a mirror in a MFT body to have TTL viewing in a tiny package.

        • Tess

          I think this is a terrible idea! Flapping mirrors (along with a shallow flange distance) is the main reason EVIL caught on with the “pros” at all. And splitting the light path is never a good idea! So that kills the only two possible ways unless you want a TLR hybrid – LOL

    • http://twitter.com/#!/57thStIncident 57thStIncident

      By definition, MFT wouldn’t be a SLR; no mirror. However, this may be a hint of a “Pen PRO” – full-time live view with EVF, weather-sealed body that exchanges tinyness for more substantial ergonomics, battery life, etc.

  • Kevin

    At this point it seems they may be trying to look sweeter in development for the buyer. Fuji?

  • grayscale

    I can already tell, that this camera is going to be sick!

    • Alfons

      Considering all the technology Olympus was rumored to been testing prior the E-5 release – yes, this has to be sick.

  • http://www.josephferrari.com Atlasman

    Maybe they are developing and interchangable sensor sytem—keep the body and lenses, throw away the sensors!

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