Micro Four Thirds, five years from now...

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Luckypenguin, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Real Name:
    August 2016, in an internet forum not unlike this one...

    Almost a year has passed since the release of Panasonic's amazing 36MP Micro 4/3 sensor, taking the format to the top of the DxOMark scoresheets for the first time. The sensor is an extraordinary success; professional and amateur pixel peepers flock to the brand. Images of brick walls abound. A shot of a test chart wins the Mu-43 July 2016 photo contest...

    The sensor is ushered in with the flagship GH8, followed later that year by the G9. In a surprise move, Panasonic launches the back-to-the-future GF1.1 Classic with the same sensor, finally allowing long suffering owners to upgrade their dog-eared GF1s after 7 years. The entry-level GF series still retains the older sensor in the otherwise new GF12. The initial response is lukewarm; users refer to the camera as a GF11 with one less button. It now has one button.

    The release of the new Panasonic sensor is not without controversy. Panasonic refuses to license the sensor to Olympus, leaving their Micro 4/3 bedfellow with the aging 28MP sensor (scoring a mere 92 on DxOmark) for the launch of the new E-P9. The good news is that the camera is launched with the most number of art filters yet seen; an amazing 126, although debate rages as to whether dramatic, dramatique, and dramatico are in fact the same filter.

    Everything changes with the E-P10, which features the long-awaited in-house Olympus sensor that matches the Panasonic test scores but with 36.1MP, and (finally!) a built-in EVF. Of course by this time, the new Super-Duper-OLED screens perform so well in bright light that the EVF doesn't even get a mention until page 3 of the press release. The announcement of Panasonic's new monocle EVF also dampens what should have been a "game-changing" new feature on the Olympus bodies.

    The dynamic range of the new Micro 4/3 sensors causes ripples through the mirrorless camera sector. With no more reason to talk smack on internet forums, Sony NEX users take their cameras outside, squint into the bright sunlight, and start taking images. The benefits to art and culture are huge, but with no one to spruik their products online, Sony counters with the release of the NEX 23. The camera is fitted with a brand new "HDR" sensor, which takes only HDR images. Initial sales are impressive; everyone is massively excited about the images it produces...for a while. A few weeks later, most of the cameras sold are available on eBay...

    Don't blink, it'll be here before you know it.
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  2. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

    Nov 16, 2010
    Hahahaa! This will be so true.

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  3. DownUnderDog

    DownUnderDog Mu-43 Regular

    Great Stuff!!!!!!

    As long as we're all here to enjoy it! Oh and as long as we can afford it! What computers will we be using?
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  4. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
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    LOL nice job!

    Also, of course, the GF11 and EPM8 have shrunk to the size of an iPod and their single button requires a sharpened fingernail to actually hit. Neither couples well with Panny's new 10-300mm OIS f/2.8 super-zoom, which costs $2,000.
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  5. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    I'm just waiting till someone can insert a sensor into my brain and then be able to get a complete range of lenses at the optometrist. :rofl:
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  6. Dan Lopez

    Dan Lopez Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 12, 2011
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  7. pharaviel

    pharaviel Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2011
    Reggio Emilia, Italy
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    Daniele Frizzi
    First u43 camera by Fujifilm still expected for winter 2016?
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  8. VinnieJ

    VinnieJ Mu-43 Rookie

    Oct 8, 2010
    E-P9? More like E-P36 with the frequency of Olympus releases.
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  9. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England

    What a great column! I loved it, and it's probably going to prove to be somewhat accurate...

    Very cool idea, you should flesh it out a little and submit it to a mag.

    Cheers, Alan
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  10. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California
    This just in:
    Olympus announces the new VF-8, which can now directly link to your Oakley fiber optic shades (sold separately). If you still wear prescription glasses you are sh** out of luck.

    In other news:
    MFT users are still complaining about the absence of built in EVF on the PEN series. We recommend you stop whining and purchase a Panansonic G.
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  11. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
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    :smile: Cool Nic... you're a true visionary!
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  12. marz

    marz Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 5, 2011
    Pyrenees, France
    Hahaha, nicely put... I'm sure you're not far from the truth...
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  13. avidone

    avidone Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 24, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    Sure there could be great features and cool cameras coming out in another five years, but this reminds us that we should really be thankful for what we have already, even from the first generation of mu43

    After all, it was only about 12 years ago that I bought my first digital camera, an Olympus with something like 3 megapixel resolution and costing considerably more than my recently purchased E-PL1

    Back then it was just so exciting to get instant pictures that did not cost time and money for film and developing. Could not have even imagined being able to afford a digital camera that gave sharper, better images than film.

    Now I really have the tools. In fact, considering my lens addiction problem, I have more tools than I know what to do with, just need to find more time to get out and take photos

    Sent from my iPad using Mu-43 App
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  14. labcoatguy

    labcoatguy Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    Cambridge, MA, US
    The great thing about that is you can get very cheap filters at your neighborhood convenience store; they even combine ND and UV filtering in a single optical element. Oh and I like the mention of the monocle EVF in the original article. :thumbup:
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  15. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    To recap some past history for those who may have forgotten...

    In 2012 Fuji launched the successor to the X100, the X110, with an interchangeable (!) lens. Trouble was, it was the same lens, detachable...and that's it. Fearing that it may have been too bold a move, Fuji contacted their old partner Nikon for some glass, fast (not to be confused with fast glass). In a response that was famously leaked to the press, and one that confirmed the newfound presence of Gen Y at the corporate board level, Nikon responded thus;

    Yo, Fujay!

    OMG! R U 4 real!


    L8R, Nikon

    Fuji's next port of call was to join the m4/3 consortium, where they boldly demanded the lens mount and image circle be revised to fit their APS-C sensor. Ignoring the technical difficulties of the request, the Response from Olympus was that they had the 60s and 70s retro-chic market tied up, but they did concede that there was an opening for 80s retro-chic. After performing due diligence, Fuji determined that the 80s wouldn't be cool again until at least 2020.

    In a stroke of luck however, a manufacturing fault that left a small hole in the supplied body cap was identified by early adopters as a pinhole lens, thus completing the "system". Some doubts over the longevity of the plastic "mount", first raised on Amin's ninth camera forum site (www.fujixsomething.com, which followed relatively unseccessful www.canonpleaselosethemirroralready.com) led to Fuji creating an anodized aluminium version of the "lens" for $799. This, along with the firmware upgrade that placed auto-ISO within only six button presses of the regular ISOs, ensured the success of the new camera
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  16. dpj

    dpj Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    Fuji contacted their old partner Nikon for some glass, fast (not to be confused with fast glass).

    I :rofl::rofl:
  17. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    Funny so litle reviews payed attention to the Samyang :43: camera prototype displayed at the same 2016 Photokina in Lüttich*.

    Its 18 MB sensor could seem conservative, if it did not away with the Bayer pattern with its triple-layer CrFMOS. Moreover, it can be removed and replaced by a Minox 8mm film cassette, the film itself being provided by Red Curtain Chemicals, located in FNK (formerly north Korea). Rumors have it the booth was less visited by journalists than by lawyers from both Foveon and Leica (which still detains the rights on Minox cameras and film).

    Specialists have noted the intuitive UI of the new camera, with such novel energy-saving features as its shutter-cocking lever, and the smooth fast focus provided by its digital lens drive, with two fingers appearing to give sufficient power.

    The manufacturer claims an outstanding bokeh on behalf of its patented programmable LCD iris. A dedicated menu lets the user choose betwen three to 37 "blades", with a choice of gradual or hard edges, and pointy or circular corners up to 9 "leaves".

    (*) For 2016, the show was relocated from Cologne to Lièges (Lüttich) due to the rising waters of the Rhine constantly flooding the Köln-Deutz lowlands.
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  18. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
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    Seems more likely that by 2016 Olympus would be using a 12.1MP sensor with a special TruPic VIII processor and an ISO 128k mode that doubles as a pointilist art filter.

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  19. David Tait

    David Tait Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 29, 2011
    Well, a 36mp sensor! Have you been hitting the Christmas cheer? The way things are looking it will still be a 12mp sensor, tweaked for the 20th time. There will be the Mk 6 version of the 14-42mm sold as the standard kit lens. You will be able to buy E-P9 and the E-PL9 with a range of 24 colours.
    On the plus side, there will be 32 art filters. ISO will top 5000. But the pictures will be nothing to brag about. But Olympus will still make a song and dance about improved video, better sound and external microphones, even though I don't want these features.
    The plastic lenses will get thinner, therefore lighter. However the prices of these lenses will still be as high or higher than better quality Canon; Nikon; Sigma; Tamron; Tokina; glass.
    No doubt, consumer complaints about the high cost lenses will be met with the response. "It takes a lot of high tech innovation to craft such lightweight lenses".
    This could be a good thread I think, if people start to list the niggling ways the E-Ps are heading. Certainly I see more negatives than positives in the way Olympus seems to ignore consumer improvements.