lbuglinbilly: I sure hope Olympus will introduce an new top end DSLR camera. How long has the E-5 been around? Its way past a good update. Hopefully this will help them press on and develop and release a top end model and keep up to some degree with Canon and Nikon. It's way past due in my estimation.
Does anyone have any update on those plans?
Olympus has all those legendary 4/3 high end zooms that aren't matched by anything in m4/3. If they could extend the market for those existing designs I imagine it could a good windfall given their big price tags. Worth a punt now that their sensor is as good as any other smaller format DSLR's. Even the option of one day using these zooms may swing some buyers.
tbaker: This is really disappointing news. M4/3 mount, really? Even Panasonic will admit(in closed doors) that they only have m4/3 just to take your money, because the kit lens options are average at best(even the 14mm f2.5). What they should have done/do was/is take the amazingly perfect Panasonic FZ200 lens+glass and pair it with a 1/2" or even 2/3" Forven like sensor(to keep size down) to make the perfect camera for everyone, in every situation. People will be quickly dropping their DSLC and other similar cameras in a second for this. But, alas Kodak is setting themselves up for big failure, again. Sad to see.
'... they have problems, like ORB issues, and IQ isn't as clean or sharp as the FZ line' - if Fuji could not do it well, how is a new company going to? Engineering is just not that easy. What we have here is an outfit that wants to grab a chunk of a growing segment. Their innovation is to use established manufacturers to assemble a unit for them, and to market it via a trusted brand name, thus avoiding much of cost of R&D and branding. It has always seemed to me that superzooms greatly benefit from having small sensors - for example, very good DOF for macro and ease of focus - as a result I think better small sensors are the key to better superzooms.
Superzooms are only possible because they use tiny sensors - increase the sensor size and a small(ish) lens becomes impossible - that's why good quality zooms for larger sensors are big and heavy.
Pal2012: New Poll:
How many here think this poll was flawed by the overzealouse fanboys who keep trying to say it wasn't?
OM-D focus issues? It has known limits with action, but seems to be the most reliable auto focus I've used, fast too. Good bye to all those old time front/back focus issues. This really is a popularity contest, just a bit of fun after all.