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Old Mar 8, 2007, 4:03 AM   #1
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I thought that since we are about midpoint within the 07 rollout
what sources did we discover that had a good predictive rate

well i reviewed what i thought stood out and recalled these threads


where there is interesting discussion, and this toward the end

Hi Olympians,

I was at an Olympus dealer event today and spoke an Olympus
representative who was at the internal briefing for the thing to come
this year. This is an excerpt from what to expect as far as he could
remember all that was said. He also reminded us that he had received an E-400 training just a month before it's introduction and in that
training the E-400 was supposed to have live preview, so Olympus Japan
is know to change any possible detail up to the last minute.

3 new bodies:
E-410. I think this will be what the E-400 was supposed to be. Grossly
the same as the E-400 but with Live preview (don't know about A and/or B)
E-510. Follow up of the E-500 Live preview and in-body image stabilisation
E-x. Finally. Unknow if this will be at PMA to view or even handle.

Available from july/august. Faster AF, More AF points (maybe 12-14), 5-6
fps and larger buffer. Live preview with more robust screen. in-body
Image stabilisation. at least 10mpix. Different sensor than that of the
E-400 however. Nothing known about noise or body size. Would be nice if the size stays the same. E-1 handling will be continued in this body.

From that moment on the E-300 series will be discontinued and Olympus
will allways have 3 types of DSLR's available:
S series for Small
G? series for enthousiasts
P series for professionals.

6 new lenses:
180?-500mm (f= xx-6.3)
12-60mm abouf f=3.5
3 other lenses, most likely zooms, not fixed focal lengths

New flashes with wireless possibilities

That's about all I can remember.

I was a bit dissapointed to hear that the new E-x would not be
introduced at PMA, but I have seen prints from the E-1 that werem blown
up to 150x200cm. They were just as clean as any print I had ever seen.
Of course I was not supposed to leak this info, but I know quite some of
us are waiting for this kind of info, so I tried to inform you as good
as I can.
Can I wait until August?

Now give the strength and accuracy of that leak, deceminate the E-P1 data

12-14 focus points, ( At Last, Ella Fitzgerald 2.59 )
different sensor, (but different to what ?)
IS onboard, thats a given
August launch

and only 3 dSLRs, so what of the future of E-330


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Old Mar 8, 2007, 6:20 AM   #2
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I think Oly will be making a mistake if they kill off the E3XX series. They need a camera that sits between the EX and the E5XX/E400 and competes against the like of the D200/Fuji S5 Pro. Personally you need a camera like the E330 - different in that its like a range finder and if they can put in IS, the new sensor, more AF points etc they have all bases covered. Will it compete with the E510 - yeah sure but I'd say you'd have two different kinds of shooters going each with their own preference. I can see Pana intro'ing a slightly smaller L2 but this time with a Tilt/Swivel LCD within the next 12 months and may be even weathersealed as well as lower end cams.

Flashwise - Metz have intro'd some new flashes that have a USB port so that they can be upgraded with new firmware which is a neat idea and wish some liek Pana/Oly had done this as well.



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a tilt LCD is an obvious point of separation they can make
like FZ7 and FZ30/FZ8 and FZ50
oh my FL-36 is read when i connect to olympus master so are the lenses
from what i saw though, there are no updates
my FL-36 firmware was version 1

so it seems you can connect via the camera with any lens flash
and the potential is to update whatever firmware is aboard

i wonder if Metz would do away with the kinda pricey adapters if the can flash firmware like that


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I think that there are two issues.
First the production line for the E330 may have been retooled for the Replacement E1.
Second, and only my opinion, Olympus with having introduced live view to all of the cameras mite be backing off on the body design of the E330 due to its simmilar look to the Pansonic Product.
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Yup, along with a thread at dpreview that Greg gave us a link to, where a few people seemed to confirm alot of that. I tried to summarize the most credible, best sourced "rumours" here at the end of January:


So all we really missed on was the 180-500 seems to have been replaced by a 70-300. And I didn't think the 12-60 would be f2.8-3.5.

The other thing there seemed to be some speculation on was the possibility of a fourth new body later on. Maybe announced late this year, for introduction in 2008. That is, if they don't continue the E-330 line, will there be something betweeen the E-510 and the E-P1?

It seems the E-510 isn't quite the "enthusiast" grade. More an enhanced version of the E-410. My other thought is, just as the E-410 and E-510 are similar and likely share slot of parts, maybe they could do that on the pro end, with a slightly lesser version of the E-P1, with less of the pro specs, for those who don't need all of that but want the weatherproofing, tilt screen, etc. Instead of either continuing the E-330 or introducing a whole new body type.

Other thought is Panasonic is supposed to be announcing a more traditionally styled body this year. Very likley their version of the E-510, but maybe that will be a bit more upscale as well. Which would fit with their Leica partnership. And it would be better for both Panasonic and Olympus if their not both targetting exactly the same market anyway.

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Cameta appear to be letting go stocks of E-330
Cameta have long been thought to have been a clearance point for ex Olympus stocks.

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