Olympus clarifies: it is about 4/3 lenses, not a new 4/3 body

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Olympus clarifies: it is about 4/3 lenses, not a new 4/3 body
Aug 24, 2012

The original comments from Akira Watanabe of Olympus talking of a new body that better support 4/3 (SLR) lenses were already very careful not to say that a new 4/3 SLR body was comping, but the journalistic over-interpretation and forum speculation lost sight of that. Remember all the headlines about "pro" and "top pro" lenses? Those are not terms that Olympus uses, so smell of being extrapolations by the journalists.

Now Olympus has put out a clarification as seen at 43rumors:

http://www.43rumors.com/the-devil-is-in-the-detail-small-correction-on-olympus-four-thirds-statement/

2) Olympus UK posted a new correct simple statement: “A new camera is under study in order to optimize the Four Thirds lenses“. Also DSLRmagazine (Translation here) that was present on the meeting reported the words from Mr. Michael Guthmann from Olympus: “we will continue to support the Four Thirds system with a camera“… and he added with emphasis: “however the camera looks like“.

Olympus seems determined to squelch any idea that it is promising a new Four Thirds SLR body. On the other hand, it is clearly talking about a camera that works better with Four Thirds system lenses than the E-M5 does, not just an adaptor that adds PDAF, Sony style.

To me this strongly suggests that Olympus is planning a high quality Micro Four Thirds body that provides PDAF, in particular when Four Thirds lenses are mounted via an adaptor. Combined with the indications that Olympus is using a Sony sensor in the E-M5 and the strong rumors of Sony adding PDAF to future NEX sensors, my money is on an "E-M7" with on-sensor hybrid (PDAF+CDAF) AF via a Sony sensor. Another option is getting a sensor designed by the same company as designed the sensors for Nikon One cameras, which have good hybrid AF.
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