EM-5 Sony sensor -- End of the debate

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EM-5 Sony sensor -- End of the debate
Sep 27, 2012

LOL .. That finally puts the nail on a few doubters who were claiming it's Panasonic's sensor.

Panasonic itself aren't using their own sensor in GH3!!


DE: Coming back to the E-M5, as I said, it did very well in our tests. Notably it used a Sony sensor as opposed to Panasonic. Does that mark a change of direction for Olympus and sensor technology?

Ogawa: It's obviously to our benefit to select the best image sensor, regardless of the manufacturer. We never fix on one manufacturer. Which device we choose depends on the target users' needs. We tell the sensor manufacturers that we'd like to have this type of product or we have this type of need. Then we ask the device manufacturer to meet our requirements.

DE: You're saying it's not a matter of a simple switch, where you were once using Panasonic, and now you're using Sony. It's a decision you'll make on a case-by-case basis for each camera that comes along, such as the E-M5, for which Sony was the best match. Possibly, for other cameras in the future, Panasonic or some other manufacturer might have the right sensor.

Ogawa: That's right, it's case-by-case. And also, we are always communicating with the sensor manufacturers about which features are necessary for the next generation of our product. That's the most important part of the relationship with them.

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