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.