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Friday, September 22, 2006

Olympus E-1 Successor

Kudos to Rob Galbraith, who spotted this cryptic little sentence in a press release on the Olympus Japan website: "In addition, we will be exhibiting [at Photokina] a concept model of the successor to our current Olympus E-System flagship, the Olympus E-1 digital SLR."

As a friend of mine used to quip, "more non-news as it develops."

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

7 Comments:

Blogger Scott Kirkpatrick said...

that news is two weeks old now. And there has been nothing hard since that statement.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"And there has been nothing hard since that statement."

Since the release said they're exhibiting it, not announcing it, wouldn't it stand to reason that we'd need to wait until Photokina starts before we hear anything else? I'm not trying to be sarcastic, I'm just saying. Photokina doesn't begin until the 26th.

--Mike

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a little more from the British Journal of Photography:

Olympus has delayed the launch of its new flagship digital SLR, the much anticipated successor to its E-1 camera.

Speaking at the launch of another camera in the system - the E-400, which is aimed at enthusiasts - Heino Hilbig of Olympus revealed that a top-end addition to the range would not be introduced in time for the Photokina trade show next week.

'We need more time,' he admitted. 'We are not ready but we are not giving up on this product'.

Despite this, he laid out the company's ambitions to bring in 70% of its income from digital cameras in the next five years and become the world number two brand. He said that Olympus has put the financial difficulties of the past 18 months behind it and now believes its recovery lies in the DSLR market, where it hopes to take a 30% share. A pro-oriented follow-up to the E-1 will be part of this campaign, he said, adding: 'The demand (for imaging products) is at its highest in the industry's 70-year history. The consumer has more interest than ever in photography, and Olympus wants to be "the" photographic company.'

6:19 PM  
Blogger Scott Kirkpatrick said...

"since that statement" -- of course, there is nothing more to say until the favored few get taken to the back of the booth at Photokina to see how much is finished inside the model. There have been jokes such as the thought that it will be 100% clay in the two weeks or so since Hilbig's quotes. That one led to a DPreview thread promising a picture of the new E-3, but only showing a lump of clay.

The most prevalent rumors concern prototypes that were extensively tested as early as late 2005, but abandoned as not having a satisfactory sensor and image processing system. I didn't mean my post to sound hostile, or as if one should give up on Olympus. I have enough invested in Zuiko digital lenses, and no gripes with the E-1 for my needs, to wait until spring.

scott

1:31 AM  
Blogger buckstop67 said...

I wonder why so many of the Oly users and wannabe's keep looking for the Holy Grail of boxes?. A box takes pictures at the command of the master. Yet so many wannabe's wish the box to hold a genie and make them artistic. I still have not mastered the use of the E-300 and lens collection yet in a year. My pictures are getting better, but that is me, not the camera. Sigh.But it is fun to cruise the forums and speculate with them...

Mike T.

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Oly don't launch a replacement for their excellent E-1 body soon, I shall be moving to Canon...

9:37 AM  
Blogger John Banister said...

I think that if Samsung or Pentax would sell a K10D variant with the sensor and lens mount for 4/3 system, I'd be happy to buy only (fast AF zoom) lenses from Olympus. I'm sure it would a complicated project and wouldn't actually happen, but when I read about that camera body I get the feeling of seeing what I want in an E1 successor.

12:07 AM  

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