Now is the time for a m4/3 35mm compact

Started Mar 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Olympus XA-D E-X5
In reply to Murray Rothbard, Mar 5, 2013

Murray Rothbard wrote:

Obviously Nikon made a huge fail with their attempt at a fixed-lens premium compact. Nobody wants 28mm f/2.8 for $1100 and the rest of their specs are pretty bad as well. So there is now a great opportunity to take advantage of their error.

Imagine an Olympus XZ-100 with an E-P3 type body (but with flip-up screen), a fixed 17mm f/1.8 lens and a 4/3 sensor, it could be done for $699 (slightly less than $799 Canon G1 X due to prime lens, smaller sensor/body and no built-in Canon brand markup). I know for a fact that such a camera would be a huge seller given how popular the X100 was despite a much higher price and a lot of bugs and weird stuff from Fuji. This is the camera that could save Olympus from the brink of financial disaster.

Make sense to me.

E-PM1 or GF5 + 14mm f/2.5 still is not pocketable.

If They could make the XA-D E-X5 4/3 sensor, 17mm f/1.8 that is pocketable, waterproof, and shockproof, plus integrated tiny EVF for $600. I'm in (after the price come down to $300 though).



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