Four Thirds vs Micro Four Thirds ?

Started Jun 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
Marty4650
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Mike
In reply to Mike_PEAT, Jun 25, 2012

If we do get an E7 then I will be thrilled, and I will probably buy one.

But this will just be an E3 with a new sensor. In fact, the E5 two years ago was pretty much just an E3 with a new sensor plus HD video and a better LCD screen.

I think it's pretty obvious by now that Olympus is focusing all their efforts (pun intended) on M4/3 and only throwing an occasional bone to their loyal 4/3 customers. And even then, they aren't investing much R&D in 4/3, just using some existing parts to provide one more upgrade for their flagship semi-pro camera.

Of course, I could be wrong.

I would be even more thrilled if the new E7 was a completely new camera based on a more compact chassis (perhaps E510 or E30 sized) with entirely new technology throughout.

The real proof that 4/3 wasn't a dead system would be the creation of just one brand new 4/3 lens. Perhaps a fast prime, like a 75mm f/2.0, or a longer macro, like a 100mm f/2.8. Even a reasonably priced 400mm f/5.6 would be a nice addition. I think there are sufficient nice zoom lenses already. The systems weakness is in prime lenses.

But... I still hope you're right. Even an improved version of an E5 would be very nice to have. Beggars just can't be choosers....
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