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.