Olympus Statement About Fourthirds and Micro Fourthirds

Started Jan 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Olympus Statement About Fourthirds and Micro Fourthirds

alatchin wrote:

illy wrote:

Rriley wrote:

By R Butler | Published Feb 2, 2013

The long wait for the next generation of cameras for Four Thirds may soon be over, suggests Olympus' Toshi Terada, Manager, Product Planning SLR products. He also discusses the role the OM-D has played in increasing uptake of mirrorless cameras in the USA and the future of compact cameras now that smartphones have become many users' cameras of choice.

CP+ 2013: Interview with Olympus' Toshi Terada

The future of Four Thirds

Building on the promise Olympus has made about continuing to support Four Thirds users, Terada suggests the wait may nearly be over: 'Direction-wise, we'd like to produce products for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds within this year. Because we have to provide a product for users with SHG and HG lenses. And there are people using E400, 500 and 600-series DSLRs, we have to provide products for them to keep enjoying their photography.'

'For those users AF speed is important and a suitable finder is necessary. And also it needs to be the right size - the benefit of Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds is compact size. We have to provide those things to benefit those users. One of the benefits of DSLR is continuous autofocus. In this respect, we have to promise total AF performance in future.'

They can be confident about image quality, he says: ''They already know image quality from the OM-D. Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds sensors are the same size, so they can imagine that.'


reading around this thread, somehow it doesnt seem to be mentioned

it's not really saying much though, "we'd like to produce products for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds within this year" to myself seems vague, i'd like a helicopter but i don't think i'm going to get one

There will always be the people who will see what they want to see. If you think what he has said is on any level like what your statement was (a pipe dream) then fine. But Olympus has said this for a while, AF for professionals (and now even mentioning E-XXX) will still need to be served by a DSLR.

I think the E-7 may well be a new body, with a lot of new features. If so, there will be a lot of humble pie being served around here, but of course when offered to those who ordered it, it will be flat out refused... and the 100mm macro will be brought up

well there is no definite statement being made here, wanting to release a product is different than saying that there will be a new product. And that's exactly my point, they have been saying this for awhile now. I have no doubt a body will be released that will enable the AF potential in 4/3rds lenses, when and what it will be i have absolutely no idea about. But this constant crying wolf and stringing their customer base along is wearing a little thin.

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