5 new companies join the Micro Four Thirds standard

Olympus officially announced that five new companies have joined the Micro Four Thirds standard:

We are pleased to announce that three more companies have recently declared their support for the standard and will be introducing products compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard.

The Xacti Corporation, which has been the world's leading OEM manufacturer of digital cameras over 20 years, nac Image Technology Inc., a total supplier of professional imaging systems equipment, Meitu (Xiamen Meitu Mobile Technology Co., Ltd.), a mobile internet company in China, Autel (Autel Robotics Co., Ltd.), a developer, manufacturer, and provider of UAV aerial photography products, and 3db Hardware Technology, a provider of digital cameras and imaging engines, join the Micro Four Thirds System standard group.

Xacti Corporation

A Japanese company being world's leading ODM/OEM with advanced capabilities of developing various cutting-edge digital devices in the era of IoT. Aiming to realize their corporate mission "Innovate the way people live" by expanding human's five senses through digital technologies.

Xacti's Website: http://www.xacti-co.com/en/

nac Image Technology, Inc.

nac Image Technology was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
Its core business is the development, manufacturing and sales of imaging and measurement equipment for research and development in industry, academia and government, as well as the sales and rental of video production equipment for the motion picture, CM production and television industries.

nac Image Technology's Website: https://www.nacinc.jp/

Autel Robotics Co., Ltd.

Autel Robotics was established in 2014 as a subsidiary of Autel Corporation to develop, manufacture, and provide aerial photography and industrial UAV products.

Autel Robotics' Website: http://www.autelrobotics.com

Meitu(Xiamen Meitu Mobile Technology Co., Ltd.)

Meitu Company was established in 2008 and it is a mobile internet company in China, creating MeituPic, BeautyCam, Meipai, MakeupPlus, SelfieCity and other Apps, as well as Meitu Smartphone, Meitu Smart Camera and other hardware products, based on the art of "beauty".

Meitu' Website: http://www.meitu.com/bf1

3db Hardware Technology Inc.

3db was established in 2014 based in Shenzhen, China. 3db camera, powered by SuperSense engine, could provide users with very easy-to-use and easy-to-share photography experiences. 3db also provides imaging engine modules for drone makers, AR/VR device makers, etc.

3db Hardware Technology' Website: http://www.3dbhardware.com/

Here is the complete list of Micro Four Thirds companies:


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  • Well, Xacti is a brand from Sanyo, which owned by Panasonic, so it’s interesting to see what exactly Panasonic intends with this or why just now.

  • Good. The more the better.

  • I didn’t realize Schneider Kreuznach was out?


      They had some exclusive deal with Samsung. Now that the Koreans are exiting photo bussiness, they will probably increase their portfolio…

      • Spy Black

        You’re implying that Samyang is exiting the photo business?


          I thought it was clear I meant Samsung.

          • Spy Black

            Oops, sorry, misread it.

    • jojo

      Schneider already officially dropped their plans for micro
      4/3 lenses:


  • Spy Black

    Has Fuji made a 4/3rds product?

    • don’t think so – I was also surprised to see them on the list

      • Tomáš Tuček

        It has to be a support technological role mainly for Olympus, Fujifilm was the only other brand using Olympus´ xD cards, and as Olympus sometimes lets others design their lenses (like the 45/1.8 developed by Konica Minolta), it can be possible, Fuji makes lenses for Hasselblad and maybe they have their fingers also in some m4/3 lenses (their optical quality and sharpness is often Fuji-like).

    • nwcs

      They may be manufacturing lenses for other players. Maybe as part of their Panasonic relationship?

    • Sakaphoto Graphics

      They’ve been there since Four-Thirds was started and yet, they’ve been a quiet partner.

  • mclaren777

    Bummer. I was hoping we would eventually move away from smaller sensors like this. 🙁

    • Zos Xavius

      Why? M4/3 is decent enough for a lot of uses already. Not everyone wants MF sized lenses

    • WillWeaverRVA

      M4/3 has also proven itself in the videography sector, which isn’t exactly a small portion of the market. (Far from it, actually.)

    • markz

      I like my big sensors (and BIG film) but I really, really like my little GF3 and GX7. as a travel kit 3 lenses, 2 bodies 4 spare batteries, comes in around 900g~1.1KG (depending on which lenses) which is a god send when traveling light and fast

    • Ievgen Nedrygailov

      I have the same opinion. I don’t see any reason to buy an interchangeable-lens camera with the sensor smaller than APC-S.

  • Ievgen Nedrygailov

    There are not only Japanese companies. A couple are from China. I think this is already a great news.

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