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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:01 pm 
Please note that this is a RUMOR! Thanks to one of our readers for the tip! A rumor from a Russian photography site is discussed heavily in the Olympus dpreview forum. If you can read Russian, here is the photogenius.ru original.

The rumor says that Olympus will announce TWO new Micro Four Thirds cameras:

+ Olympus M-100: The "orange carrot-cam" we've seen prototyped at Photokina 2008 with the 14-70mm kit lens (28-140mm 35mm-eq)

+ Olympus M-1: Weather-sealed, with HD video recording, and 3.2" LCD, and a 12-45mm (24-90mm 35mm-eq) lens.

+ Also rumored a 45-150 lens (90-300mm 35mm-eq)

+ again, please note treat these as rumors


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Interesting! Now compact camera users that want to go to DSLR have a solid alternative choice.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:29 pm 
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About time! If they can do the features of the G1 in a more compact shape, I'd definitely be interested. Wonder how IS will work out though?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:34 pm 
i dunno, maybe lens based or no is like 420? :-*(

I liek the carrot cam prototype design, it looks liek classic and the size is like lil bit longer than advance compact. but now you can change lenses as u wish and got image quality of dslr.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:42 pm 
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We'll just have to wait and see on IS. I really hope they can squeeze it into the body, but I don't think there'll be room.

But yes, I'd really like a DSLR feature level compact. Stuff like the Canon G10 doesn't do it for me.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:09 am 
As long as they price them competitively, unlike the G1 which costs more than cameras that are far superior, albeit larger.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:50 pm 
If the specs are true, my next camera will be that m1... It just looks too cool to pass up. I wonder how a 12-60 will look on the end of it!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:38 pm 
http://www.photographyblog.com/index.ph ... ds_camera/

Its a very interesting camera. The lack of grip and lens size will be interesting to see.

Also won't battery life be effected due to the lens size?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:30 pm 
Atomic wrote:
As long as they price them competitively, unlike the G1 which costs more than cameras that are far superior, albeit larger.


Agreed. I would have probably purchased a G1 if Panny had kept the priced it right. Plus, why is it that I can't find a G1 to hold in my hands anywhere in Houston?? Hopefully, Oly won't make the same mistake if and when Oly launches it's MFT camera.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:30 am 
randomagain wrote:
http://www.photographyblog.com/index.php/weblog/comments/olympus_micro_four_thirds_camera/

Its a very interesting camera. The lack of grip and lens size will be interesting to see.

Also won't battery life be effected due to the lens size?



Thats not a real camera, its a concept mock up of what is technically possible, but to the best of my knowledge they havent released any statement saying that they would produce anything like it.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:46 pm 
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Hi Armanius, I notice online prices of the G1 kit have fallen below that of the Canon 450D / XSi, which to me makes it pretty good value now...

See http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panas ... oise.shtml


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:15 pm 
Thanks for the heads up Gordon. However, in my layman's opinion, the G1 should be priced to be more competitive with the likes of the E-5xx, E-4xx and the Rebel XS ($420-520 range).

The main weakness of the G1 right now is just the lack of lens. And if I want to use 4/3 lens, I would have to pay another $150 or so for an adapter. Plus, I wouldn't be able to use autofocus on most of the exisiting 4/3 lens. Sigh.

Second weakness ... I can't find a single G1 anywhere in Houston!!! C'mon Panny! What's up with that? Not very good marketing. In fact, I've also been unable to find a single LX3 in Houston since I started looking for one in Dec. 2008. Anyone in Houston knows of a place where I can get a hold of G1, or LX3?

Third weakness is the price. Given that I just picked up an E-510 for ~$315, it's tough to justify paying more than $650 for a G1.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:26 pm 
I too am very interested in the Olympus M1. The Olympus rep at the recent trade show, when asked about how small four-third cameras could go, confirmed that the micro-four-thirds are still coming later this year.

My hopes for the Olympus M1:

- Smaller than the Panasonic G1 -- i.e. ditch the eyepiece entirely please.
- Shape it with a grip, sort of like a Panasonic Lumix FZ7 please.
- Swiveling lcd screen -- because this is what makes Olympus special.
- Blue paint accents, like on the Olympus E-620.

Most of all, I hope it takes better quality pictures than the Panasonic G1, or else I'll have doubts about micro-four-thirds.

We need a real winning camera to make this format more than an experiment.


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Hi folks,

It seems that there's something special going on in Berlin on June the 15th and 16th. :wink:

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