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Old Aug 20, 2012, 12:30 PM   #11
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Thanks Zig and Greg for clarifying my short comment. As Zig well mentioned, a new 4/3 body will only serve existing 4/3 Oly users. I too doubt that it would attract new users so investing on the format would be a mistake. Besides, except for the larger size, which may indeed be more preferable to some people, there's nothing a new 4/3 camera will be able to do that the existing m4/3 bodies won't.
I would agree up until the last point... a new DSLR 4/3 camera could provide better AF performance, especially in C-AF mode. As has long been known the Achilles heal of the mirror less system is C-AF for action shooting. It is getting to be less and less of an issue but a DSLR with it's mirror can take advantage of PDAF instead of the CDAF system used in the mirror-less cameras. Even a few year old model entry level DSLR will out perform a mirror-less micro four thirds camera for action shooting in C-AF mode.

We have already seen hybrid AF systems from Nikon and now Canon, the question to me is will Olympus be able to come up with it's own hybrid system?

If they can it is going to be great for mirror-less, if they can't one can imagine them throwing the OM-D sensor into a E-5 body and calling it the E-7... it would be the shortest route
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To be honest, I'd be shocked if they did anything more than put the same sensor from the E-M5 into the new DSLR and call it a day. The Olympus DSLR's have always been a decent amount behind Canon and Nikon in DSLR AF technology and I don't expect they will spend a lot of money developing new technologies for what will probably be final traditional DSLR for the four-thirds system.

The primary concern being addressed is almost certainly image quality and AF technology developments will be happening in Micro Four-Thirds, where the real future of Olympus imaging is.
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To be honest, I'd be shocked if they did anything more than put the same sensor from the E-M5 into the new DSLR and call it a day. The Olympus DSLR's have always been a decent amount behind Canon and Nikon in DSLR AF technology and I don't expect they will spend a lot of money developing new technologies for what will probably be final traditional DSLR for the four-thirds system.

The primary concern being addressed is almost certainly image quality and AF technology developments will be happening in Micro Four-Thirds, where the real future of Olympus imaging is.
while I totally agree with the assessment that if Olympus makes a DSLR E-7 it will be an E-5 with the EM-5 sensor.. I am not sure how that addresses IQ?

Seems it would only address the AF system by utilizing the mirror and PDAF technology they already have but with a better sensor. In the end the IQ would be the same as the OM-D EM-5, right?
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while I totally agree with the assessment that if Olympus makes a DSLR E-7 it will be an E-5 with the EM-5 sensor.. I am not sure how that addresses IQ?
It would address image quality issues, big-time.

The E5 DSLR uses the same (old now, old even when the E5 was introduced) Panasonic-made 12mp sensor used in every Pen from the original E-P1 to the E-P3, has the same mediocre high ISO performance and the same inability to lift shadows at any ISO setting without inducing a lot of noise as every Olympus micro body until the Sony-made 16mp sensor in the E-M5.

Single AF action in the E5 is actually pretty darn good, especially used with the really fast focusing SWD Zuikos. Continuous AF has always been.....less than really good to put it nicely.

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Just ignore my commentrs about PDAF vs. CDAF. I should know better than to try and type intelligently about that on a Monday...Geez...

Better yet, I just deleted it.

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Just ignore my commentrs about PDAF vs. CDAF. I should know better than to try and type intelligently about that on a Monday...Geez...

Better yet, I just deleted it.

DANG! I didn't see it...............
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