As a follow up to our Panasonic rumor round-up and predictions
, here are some collected rumors and and a healthy dose of speculation about what we may see from Olympus.
We can expect to see two new Pen bodies announced in association with Photokina, most likely an E-PL5 and E-PM2 (R1). Our sources say that both of these cameras will use the E-M5 sensor while neither will use the E-M5 image stabilization system (R2). Otherwise, few changes are expected to these cameras other than revised ergonomics (1).
We do not expect a replacement for the E-P3 at this time. I'm told that another OM-D camera is expected at the end of 2012 or early 2013, will not be announced with the new Pens, and will not replace the E-M5 (R3).
I've gotten mixed reports about Olympus lenses. 43 Rumors reported that a tiny 15mm f/8 prime will be announced and possibly bundled with the new E-PM body (2). As previously reported
, one source indicated that we would see black versions of the 12 and 45mm primes along with an inexpensive 25mm f/1.8 from Olympus and a a premium 12-60mm f/2.8-4 zoom. I haven't gotten any further confirmation of those rumors, so the likelihood of seeing those next month seems low. A different source tells me that we will see the 60mm macro, a new kit zoom, and learn that a supertelephoto prime is in development (R4).
My expectations for the September Olympus announcements:
-New E-PM2 and E-PL5 which are similar to the E-PM1 and E-PL3 but with small integrated grips and the E-M5 sensor
-Availability of 60mm macro, super cheap and tiny 15mm f/8 lens, and announcement of premium 12-60mm zoom in development.
I also expect that we'll learn more about a new regular (non-Micro) 4/3 body in development (3).
Rumor Grades: R1:B; R2, R3: B-; R4: C.
Rumor Evidence Grading System:
A = Proven source, rumor extremely likely to be correct
B = Good source, rumor likely to be correct
C = New source, rumor plausible
1) (FT3) No spectacular changes on new PEN cameras? | 43 Rumors
2) (FT3) New 15mm comes combined with new E-PMx model… | 43 Rumors
3) Akira Watanabe: “Olympus working on new body for top-pro lenses”!!! | 43 Rumors