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Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by prophet, Jan 1, 2017.
Any guesses as to what Olympus will release in 2017?
probably a boat load of stuff I really don't need... but will crave... and no doubt purchase!
I don't think we'll see an E-M5 Mk.III until early 2018, so my guess is we'll see some lenses, likely some additional PRO f/1.2 prime lenses.
They released a ton of new stuff in 2016, so I would expect a fairly quiet 2017. I am guessing it will be very light on new bodies but we should see a few new lenses.
Since the E-M1 II turned out so expensive, I would so like to see the E-M5 III.
The E-M5 II was released in Q1 of 2015, more than a year after the E-M1's release (Q4 of 2013). It also was released 3 years after the original's E-M5 release (Q1 of 2012). I wouldn't expect to see the E-M5 III formally released in 2017, although I would expect to see leaks about it towards the end of the year.
I'd expect the E-M5 III to be launched in February of 2018, as Olympus wouldn't want to cannibalize sales of their flagship camera this early after launch, plus the E-M5 II is still an exceptionally capable camera.
I would seriously doubt E-M1 Mark III
Only a E-M5 III, maybe a AIR mkII. PL8 is new and so is M1 II, and I have given up hope about a P6, only a M5 III remains.
Lenses though, a really nice 1,8 zoom would do fine, if Sigma can do the 18-36/1,8 so should Olympus, perfect zoomwidth on a 4/3.
Maybe a nice FW update for the Pen F?
E-M1.1 firmware 5.0!
I would like the TG4 to get an upgraded sensor
At this point I'd really just like to see price drops on some of the existing lenses... darned expensive hobby.
Only with GAS!
I too wish for the Pen E-P5 be upgraded to E-P6 with all the features of the Pen F but with WR a tiltable EVF and without that creative control dial sitting in the front panel.
I suspect there would be no great outcry if the creative knob disappeared.
Pen F Mark II with the same AF as the E-M1 II (but not all the other E-M1 II features that add cost).
And two creative control knobs instead of one. Big ones.
Ahem, the knob could go away or be reassigned to a dial as long as the features remained. I came to like being able to adjust those color and B&W jpegs in camera.
The trouble is that Olympus doesn't have a mid-upper-range camera that ticks enough of the boxes that people just expect as par for the course these days. The E-M5 II's sensor was old when it launched, and while the improvements are not massive, the 20MP sensor is an improvement in terms of low ISO detail and dynamic range. Furthermore, the lack of 4K video is an increasingly big stumbling block, since competing Panasonic cameras have had it for a long time now. The AF performance is just straight CDAF that lags behind the PDAF E-M1s and the DFD Panasonics.
The PEN-F sort of fits that mid-range role with the upgraded sensor, but it doesn't have the weather-sealing or EVF quality that many buyers in that price class expect from a work-horse camera. Basically, the E-M5 II doesn't stand above the cheaper G85 in any way, looks distinctly lower-end compared to GX8 for just ~$100 more, and leaves a yawning $900-1100 gap all the way up to the E-M1 II which most buyers are not willing to bridge. Unless you really want weather-sealing or the high-res mode, the E-M10 II looks like way better value for money than the E-M5 II, and like even better value against the PEN-F if you don't care about the new sensor.
Basically, it looks like if you want to buy a new general purpose Olympus camera in 2016 or 2017, you should probably just buy a Panasonic instead. Or a Sony. Or a Fuji. I think there are a lot of original E-M5 owners that still haven't found a compelling excuse to upgrade, and while the E-M5 II is a solid camera, it really feels like it needs a quicker-than-usual iteration to stay relevant. Unless Olympus wants to just keep it on a constant $200-400 rebate cycle to try and look competitive on price, which can't be good for the bottom line.
An E-M5 III with the 20MP sensor, 4K video, and a nice big EVF but without the ludicrous feeds, speeds, and focus tech of the E-M1 II for ~$1200 would put a little bit of air between it and the value-champ G85 and importantly would give buyers a lower-priced E-M1 II alternative that doesn't seem totally obsolete. A bread and butter camera. The PEN-F can stay in the line-up at the same price as a beauty queen and on its own merits, it seems to attract enough people on that basis.
@Turbofrog and if that camera you describe there has the old flip-up/down-screen instead of swivel-out...
that would be a camera for me!
One or two f/1.2 lenses coming this year. That's for sure. I guess they'll introduce a new camera in the 2nd half too (not an E-M5III though since it's more likely to come in spring 2018).
What I hope will happen:
- Olympus finally realizes that usable AF-C shouldn't be exclusive to its flagship model (other brands have usable AF-C in their EVERY model)
- TG5 gets released and is equipped with a bigger, better sensor and 4k video
- Introduction of an f/1.8 or f/2 zoom (any focal lengths would do since that would hint that there's hope for faster zooms like 25-75 f/1.8)
- And the most important one: they'll leak images of the E-M5III which show its "revolutionary" LCD screen (inspired by Fuji X-T2)