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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Olympus Promises Future Pro DSLR Development

Evidently Olympus has paid attention to the criticisms seen around the internet with regard to a successor to the E-1 flagship DSLR. A message regarding the future of the E-system has appeared on Olympus Japan's website, along with a picture of a "concept" model of the replacement for the E-1. The message reads in part:

A successor to our current E-1 flagship introduced next year. Work on this new camera, exhibited at Photokina 2006 as a concept model, is ongoing. Our future product plans include everything from a flagship model aimed at working professionals, to entry-level models for users who are new to SLR photography. We will continue to develop Olympus E-System bodies, lenses, and accessories for a wide range of genres, so that even more people are able to take photographs that could never be taken before.

Digital SLR systems play a key role in our business plans. We are currently strengthening our development resources in this area, and are working to bring even more products to market. We assure you there will be successors to the E-1 constantly, and the Olympus E-System and the Four Thirds System will continue to grow.

Masaharu Okubo
President, Olympus Imaging Corporation

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON with thanks to Oren


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be nice if someone could hint to Olympus's CEO that what many of us want is a 4/3 digital version of the original Olympus XA. Compact rangefinder design, maybe still fixed-focal length lens, but larger than a pinkie-nail sensor for better high ISO performance. As long as they didn't charge Leica prices for it, I can guarantee at least one sale.

7:53 PM  
Blogger richard said...


I'd be happy if we get OM-1! Just went to the 4/ thing again, and in the 4.3 "story," the person that selected the 4/3 as the sensor size explicitly said he thinks the OM-1 is the perfect size. So what did we get? The E-1 is definitely not OM-1 size!

12:13 AM  
Blogger Gordon said...

How about the a pro version of the E-400... true pentaprism, robust construction, quiet shutter, weather seals keeping the smaller size. Throw in a couple of compact primes and there is a pro camera that is set apart from other c/n offerings.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the Panasonic L1 DSLR story about how they were excited doing new development with an open mind and blah blah blah, but after reading Reichman's review it doesn't sound like they ultimately understood what photogs want/need. This is frustrating: How many years has the industry had now to work on the camera as a photographic tool?

Panasonic and Sony both had a chance this year to really knock one outta the ball park, and it's just my opinion that they got to 2nd base at best. Now Olympus comes out of hiding and promises future E-? development "next year," while this year they don't release the E-400 in the US. Oh, are they afraid of cannibalizing their prospective E-pro sales?

Sorry Oly guys: waaay too little, way too late. Pentax and Sony look more promising TODAY and if I want the full-frame future I'll stick with the gorilla. Maybe Panasonic should buy Olympus?

11:34 AM  

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