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Category: Digital SLRs
Product: Olympus Olympus PEN

Official Olympus Response to DSLR PEN Rumours - Olympus officially respond to rumours regarding the future of Four-Thirds Digital SLR and Micro Four-Thirds PEN series cameras.

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A Chinese interview (source: 1001noisycameras) about the future development of Olympus DSLRs includes news that Olympus plan to continue the E-series 4/3rds Digital SLR. We contacted Olympus for clarification of the questions discussed, to find out if the interview was correct, or whether any aspects were lost in translation. Our questions put to Olympus, are shown below, followed by Olympus' answers, from Mark Thakara at Olympus UK:

"Akira's answers were fully in line with our current Q&A. Maybe the translation was not that correct, he also admits that the journalist over-exaggerated.

Q. 1) Are Olympus continuing the development of E-Series Digital SLRs, such as the E-X, E-XX, or E-XXX series?

A. 1) We will replace E-XXX by PEN series.

Q. 2) Will future E-Series Digital SLRs be Micro-Four-Thirds based or Four-Thirds based with optical viewfinder?

A. 2) E-X and E-XX DSLRs will continue as long as mirrorless systems can't fulfill SLR users demand. We don't know when we will have technologies that will be able to substitute this camera class."

Olympus Digital SLRs are still alive and well, and it will be interesting to see how they develop, it also re-affirms Olympus' commitment to Four-Thirds Digital SLR cameras - seeing the benefits of a true optical viewfinder. The Olympus E-5 may not be the last Four Thirds Digital SLR after all. It also goes to show that computer translations should perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt. If you have any questions you'd like us to put to Olympus, please leave a comment below.

Olympus UK

Web: www.olympus.co.uk
Tel: 0800 111 4888


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crash39 e2 Member 8crash39 vcard England
12 May 2011 - 11:32 AM

Glad to hear that Olympus are still commited to the Four-Thirds system. I know Olympus users are in the minority, but I love their cameras & find their system intuitive to use & the quality of the product & the images produced excellent.


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ChrisV  7663 forum posts United Kingdom26 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2011 - 1:17 PM

One thing that slightly puzzles me about the EV 4/3 cameras [Olympus don't have an equivalent to the Panasonic G# series, do they?] is why the electronic viewfinder sits in the same place as the optical one on a traditional SLR? The hump, making the body that much bigger, seems to negate much of the advantage of the mirrorless system. Personally I think the GF/PEN form factors are much more attractive because of this.

Is there any technical reason why an EV couldn't be incorporated into the body - either to the side as in older compacts or above a smaller [ye gods!], but similar resolution LCD? Wouldn't that be a 'best of both worlds' solution?

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12 May 2011 - 9:25 PM

Will Olympus build a DSLR based on the Pen or Pen-FT body design with an true optical finder?

shvaezi  3 Iran, Islamic Republic of
15 May 2011 - 3:35 AM

Hi !
As an Olympus E3 user with a complete set of lenses I am still waiting for some thing like E7 being able to capture Full HD video like Canon 7D but I don't know why they delay to do do so.

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