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Japanese news service lends support to Olympus OM rumors

By dpreview staff on Jan 24, 2012 at 00:52 GMT

Kyodo News International, a Japanese news service, is reporting that Olympus will introduce a 16MP camera based on its classic OM series. The news would tie-in with a recent Olympus press advert in the UK that highlighted the letters 'O' and 'M' in the text. The report suggests such a camera would sell for over ¥100,000 (around $1300) and feature 'high-speed autofocus and image stabilization functionality.' Meanwhile, Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei is reporting that Sony is considering investing in Olympus and forming a business alliance. Fujifilm which, like Olympus, has extensive medical interests is also rumored to be interested.

Olympus' fondly-remembered OM-4 SLR

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worldcup1982
By worldcup1982 (Jan 24, 2012)

please not with the crap panasonic sensor....

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Jan 24, 2012)

...the 16mp one? My experience has been that it's superior to the 12mp ones Oly has been using. Very good up to 6400. Makes prettier video too. If the E-PM1 had that sensor, I'd buy three for video work in a heartbeat.

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worldcup1982
By worldcup1982 (Jan 24, 2012)

@micahmedia ..i understand that is better than the old ones. But panasonic can make better than that...its about 4 years developing sensors and very little improvement. i honestly dont care about high iso noise, as long they can at least give low iso DR on par with 2 years aps-c sensors...

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Nic Walmsley
By Nic Walmsley (Jan 24, 2012)

E-PM2. I wonder when.

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nickthetasmaniac
By nickthetasmaniac (Jan 24, 2012)

Pixel for pixel the 16mp Panasonic sensors (either of them) are comparable to the new 24mp Sony sensors, which have a similar density...

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Jan 24, 2012)

At the pixel levell Sony 24MP sensor is still better than panasonic and when equalised to 16MP it's a lot better, at least at high ISO. I'd say 1 stop at a minimum.

I'd prefer Sony to make the sensor for OM-D, rather than use old panasonic sensor. Sure it's a good sensor, but for the flagship OM-D, it deserves the best available, not the best panasonic are willing to give them.

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The Scurvy Dog of PR
By The Scurvy Dog of PR (Jan 24, 2012)

SWEET!!!!

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olddigiman1
By olddigiman1 (Jan 24, 2012)

Oops -- silver nose lens on an OM-4, anachronism. Brush up on your camera history, DPR!

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Klarno
By Klarno (Jan 24, 2012)

After the user accidentally dropped his OM-1 off the side of a boat, he decided to buy that OM-4 that just came out. He already had the OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.4, which was thankfully in his bag at the time, not on the camera which went overboard into the watery depths.
It's got interchangeable lenses for a reason :)

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Jan 24, 2012)

There it goes, when did DPR get so low that rumors are to be considered news ... The Fujifilm, or Sony's interest in Olympus is business and had nothing to do with the OM rumor, and yet this item try to link the two. ... such .... :(

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nz769r
By nz769r (Jan 24, 2012)

Like it or not these rumours are news.

What's the difference between this and the other DPR reports around the scandal at Oly?

What's the difference between this and Sigma announcing a new DSLR and then dragging out its launch?

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jan 24, 2012)

We're not reporting on a rumor, we're reporting on a report by a Japanese news service.

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RadPhoto
By RadPhoto (Jan 24, 2012)

Why don't you start your own site? You didn't have to click the link!!

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Anastigmat
By Anastigmat (Jan 24, 2012)

Surprise! Olympus finally figured that it needs to break the straightjacket it has imposed on itself when it chose the 4/3 format. That small sensor puts an upper limit on pixel size and number, so it must be abandoned if Olympus were to stay competitive with Sony and Pentax, instead of scraping the bottom of the marketing barrel for sales. More competition is always welcome. Let's hope that the new entry will finally result in so much more competition in the crowded APS-C sensor market that it will force manufacturers to bring out more low end, affordable full frame models. The days of full frames selling for less than $2,000 may be near.

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dmanthree
By dmanthree (Jan 24, 2012)

Have you read anything credible that says it won't be a 4/3 size sensor?

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Jon Allison
By Jon Allison (Jan 24, 2012)

To Anastigmat. Sorry, which text were you reading?

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T3
By T3 (Jan 24, 2012)

Who says it's going to have an APS-C sensor? Who says it's going to have a FF sensor? It seems highly unlikely that Oly would be starting yet another lens system at this point in time. Building a new lens system is a very costly endeavor. Chances are high that this new camera will be using their m4/3 or 4/3 lens system, which means it will be using a 4/3 format sensor.

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Color Blotch
By Color Blotch (Jan 24, 2012)

"The days of full frames selling for less than $2,000 may be near."

Oh god, it never gets old.

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baldeagle21b
By baldeagle21b (Jan 24, 2012)

Yes, it does.

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nz769r
By nz769r (Jan 24, 2012)

Anastigmat do you know what Four Thirds is? The only limitation to Four Thirds or any other sensor format is how photographers use it. I've seen horrible and incredible shots taken irrespective of sensor size. Sadly your remarks typify the megapixel mania that has pushed IQ to the side.

As far as full frame goes, you are welcome to lug around the lenses. I'll stay light with Four Thirds!

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Andrew Booth
By Andrew Booth (Jan 24, 2012)

nz769r - smaller formats have inherent limits to their creative use due to their higher depth of field. This is why I shoot full frame.

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Nic Walmsley
By Nic Walmsley (Jan 24, 2012)

I don't want full frame. Well, more accurately, I want a small, affordable camera system. I was close to getting NEX, but the lenses are too big and not good enough. So I went m43. Perfect system for me. And sensor tech will just get better over time, so the sensor size will be fine for what I need.

Also, I reckon it would do us all good to change the way we talk about sensor size. The current labels are too arbitrary and often misleading.

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geoson
By geoson (Jan 24, 2012)

Can I smoke what you're smoking? The advantages of FF are irrelevant to the average consumer (and anyone who participates in a forum like this is NOT the average consumer).

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tilariths
By tilariths (Jan 24, 2012)

Baloney. 4/3 is the perfect sensor size for compact digital cameras.

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digifan
By digifan (Jan 24, 2012)

Annoying FF dabble.
FF is not 35mm equive to me.
If it was, there would be super FF or FF XXL.
35mm is but a tiny sensor!!

Shut up the crap about FF, Olympus is NEVER going to produce one. The OM will be m43, but with a new sensor, we can only hope the technology has caught up with Sony sensors so m43 will show it's real potential. Ex 43 users can only dream of some 43 compatibility, there WILL be a new 43-m43 adapter but I'm not holding my breath concerning fast AF with them.

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M1963
By M1963 (Jan 24, 2012)

It's not like the 4/3 sensor is puny compared to APS-C. Some people appear to find a huge difference in size, as if APS-C were an elephant and 4/3 an ant! Of course it's smaller, but not THAT smaller! 23,6 x 15,7 vs 17,3 x 13. (And Canon's APS-C is slighty smaller than other APS-Cs).

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jan 24, 2012)

This is not a rumor site even though hardly and rumor has been given. People should check out rumor sites to get more "detail" and updates.

BTW, there is no rumor on the Kyodo News International article, where did you get the "specs"?

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PicOne
By PicOne (Jan 24, 2012)

"Meanwhile, Japanese financial newspaper Nekkei is reporting that Sony is considering investing in Olympus and forming a business alliance. Fujifilm which, like Olympus, has extensive medical interests is also rumored to be interested."

Translation: business alliance = bail out and get the brand name for a steal.

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photohounds
By photohounds (Jan 24, 2012)

Olympus is not GM or Ford.

NO bailout needed as they are not hopelessly in debt.

Olympus already has a bix alliances with many, incl Panasonic.

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ibbz
By ibbz (Jan 24, 2012)

http://www.43rumors.com/

new sensor, higher DR/latitude, weather sealed solid quality body, brand new revolutionary VF, very fast (faster than EP3) AF etc.

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sensibill
By sensibill (Jan 24, 2012)

The prices for these mirrorless cameras has really been soaring. The NX100 launched at $599 while the NX200 raised that bar way up to $899. The NEX-7 is a whopping $1350, the X100 still retails for $1150 and even the fairly econo-class GX1 bumps up to a full $950 with the Power Zoom compacting kit lens.

I got my NX100 for $400 shipped, and my E-PL1 before it was less than that. While I understand that this would be a higher end product, does Olympus really need to introduce a new line? I say not - just gives us an E-P4 that carries over the basics of the Pen line, fix some issues and slap that 16MP sensor in there.

That, I suspect, is what the vast majority of mirrorless shoppers would want.

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T3
By T3 (Jan 24, 2012)

The E-P series will probably continue in their current form factor: no integrated EVF. The OM-D series will probably be a series of cameras with integrated viewfinders that will look like Oly's original OM cameras. There is room enough for both styles of cameras.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jan 24, 2012)

The life cycle of EVIL/mirrorless is too short so they need to recoup investment quickly. Someone mentioned recently that all m4/3 body (except GHs) lost 60% value after a year and Nikon DSLR barely budge.

Nikon and Canon's budget DSLR have a lifecycle between a year and half to two years while certain EVIL/mirrorless system was on a 6 month cycle not so long ago. After the market matured and high-end cameras appears on the market, the situation should improve but I don't expect we'll ever get to 3~4 years cycle with EVIL/mirrorless.

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digifan
By digifan (Jan 24, 2012)

>[Nikon and Canon's budget DSLR have a lifecycle between a year and half to two years while certain EVIL/mirrorless system was [on a 6 month cycle not so long ago. After the market matured and high-end cameras appears on the market, the situation should improve but I don't expect we'll ever get to 3~4 years cycle with EVIL/mirrorless.]<

This is because mirrorless is new tech in it's infancy and has quicker turnover. Technology advances quickly wich is reflected in the mirrorless products. Additionally a lot of people are buying the cheap m43 camera's giving m43 more share and prospect for future. They (mfrs) need however to prepare an upgrade path.

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Jogger
By Jogger (Jan 24, 2012)

aside from the name, its really stretching it to say that its based on the OM series

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T3
By T3 (Jan 24, 2012)

If it has the manual controls and general styling of the OM bodies, it seems perfectly appropriate. The term "based on" can mean a lot of things. In this case, the physical knobs, controls, aesthetics, and design of the body certainly can be "based on" the original OM bodies.

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Jon Allison
By Jon Allison (Jan 24, 2012)

Jogger, You are correct, if it has no similarities with an OM series camera. We'll have to wait and see.

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rude
By rude (Jan 24, 2012)

its a good time to be an olympian. but what about panasonic? kisa

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Jan 24, 2012)

I guess the only sensor option is FT right?

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T3
By T3 (Jan 24, 2012)

Yeah, most likely. An m4/3 body with a higher spec and an integrated EVF would be a natural progression for Oly's m4/3 camera system.

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Jon Allison
By Jon Allison (Jan 24, 2012)

Yes, unless Olympus has the money to produce a new lens range and the average punter has the money to buy them.

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AshMills
By AshMills (Jan 24, 2012)

Or, they could use the Old Olympus lens mount, and launch a handful of AF lenses, or even make the MF lenses AF by moving the sensor plane.. After all didnt they come up with in body IS and proper dust shaker?

Just a thought...

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penn_boysen
By penn_boysen (Jan 24, 2012)

I just want them to commit to fix my om2, om3, and om4..Add to that, I have fungus in just about every lens.

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texviddy
By texviddy (Jan 24, 2012)

See pictures and original rumor posts here:

http://www.43rumors.com/

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Bluephotons
By Bluephotons (Jan 24, 2012)

If DPR is going to get into the rumors business they have a long way to go!

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Atlasman
By Atlasman (Jan 24, 2012)

The size might not be an option, but the brand better be.

If the OM-D has "Sony inside," I'm ready to pre-order.

If the OM-D has "Fuji inside," I'm ready to pre-order.

If the OM-D has "Panasonic inside," I'll wait and see.

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prairiewinters
By prairiewinters (Jan 24, 2012)

I have two OM-1 bodies, two OM-2, and 1 OM-4 gathering dust along with a large number of lenses. I havent used them in years but for some reason I just can't part with them. I would love to be able to use all those lenses on a digital body but manual focus is pretty tough for my old eyes. I like letting the camera focus where I want it to and allow me to compose etc.

I don't think Olympus will have much luck with this body if they intro at $1300.

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jgriep
By jgriep (Jan 24, 2012)

Olympus should develop a 4/3 aspect sensor with the same diagonal as the APS-c. would have 5% more pixels, use present APS lens designs with more pleasing aspect. keep 4/3 lens mount and small size Present 4/3 lenses could be used with vignetting. I would also team with Sigma and offer a Foveon Option. Done right this would out perform any APSc camera

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meon64
By meon64 (Jan 24, 2012)

My favourite film cameras ever. I still have my OM4 and OM4Ti bodies. Wonderful little cameras with great spot metering. I'll watch this with interest. It's a surprise that Oly didn't think of this before now. Hope it is full frame too..

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Geoff Brown
By Geoff Brown (Jan 24, 2012)

Looking feverishly in my cupboards for the old OM2 body, what a brilliant camera that was in its day.

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Chazola
By Chazola (Jan 24, 2012)

Now if Nikon could just bring out a digital version of my FA, I'd be happy as a pig in...

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