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Maybe the only problem was Oly's messages

Started Sep 21, 2010 | Discussions thread
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W A Stewart
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Maybe the only problem was Oly's messages
Sep 21, 2010

Those of us with a lot of Olympus FT equipment (bodies, lenses, flashes, grips, brackets, software etc.) have had reason to wonder about our investments, for two reasons. One was the apparent lack of innovation in the E-5, especially compared with the E-1 and E-3. The other was their unusually candid public waffling about their commitment to the system. Compare their comments when they introduced the E-3; they were much more confidence inspiring back then. Companies don't generally make the sorts of statement Oly has been making lately. (No surprise they have backtracked a bit.)

However, it's increasingly looking possible that there are a lot of less-than-obvious incremental improvements in the E-5. An example that recently came up is improvements in the sound of the shutter. There may well be quite enough of these to justify a purchase of the camera fairly soon (although I still think it's optimistically priced).

If so, they made very little effort to communicate this by means of the camera's appearance, specs or promotional materials. Could they at least have added some cosmetic gimmicks to flag that it really is different? Seriously, this is actually consistent with what they promised at the E-3 launch, that they would in future make more frequent incremental improvements. (I don't think they meant every three years, but then they didn't yet know how much energy mFT would suck up.)
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