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Old Feb 15, 2005, 2:57 PM   #1
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"With a joint development agreement, recently signed by Olympus and Panasonic, the Four Thirds System gets fresh and strong impetus, raising some exciting questions: How about the future of 4/3? Will we see new digital 4/3 SLRs soon? Will image stabilisation become part of 4/3? What about these gloomy predictions, seeing danger for the co-operation between Leica and Panasonic? We've asked Olympus and Panasonic about these and further topics, and you'll find all the answers here:"
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 3:32 PM   #2
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Interesting Fred...........looks like the lenses will still be made in co-op with Leica and the OIS will be included. 2006 seems a long way away, but I'm sure some hints about what's to come will be leaked:arrow:
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 4:38 PM   #3
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Looks like some interesting stuff in the near future. Think I'll hold on to my FZ1v2 for a bit and wait and see what's out there. btw 10% market share is very aggressive on Pana's part.
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 5:37 PM   #4
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Nice post fred... I knew that Leica were using the 4/3 CCD for theyre new DSLR too. Its going to be interesting 2006 I'm just curious to what Panasonic are going to release as the upgrade to the FZ20 or will they just wait till the 4/3 based cam is ready.

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Old Feb 15, 2005, 5:53 PM   #5
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Apparently the 4/3 technolgy will be applied only to dslr. Thus its impact on the non-dslr fz series would be minimal. I would expect an fz30 to be announced soon, perhaps available later in this year.
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 6:05 PM   #6
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Wonder if their new ccd design recently posted, which enables more megapixels crammed into smaller chips will play a factor here too. Suppose it will.
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 6:29 PM   #7
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More pixels=more noise. I know it makes marketing sense but where does it end?:?:
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 6:31 PM   #8
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I am not convinced about this new 4/3 system. As the saying goes, if it aint broke dont fix it.
While there are definite advantages to using the 4/3 system in creating a more compact camera with possibly improved image quality there are a lot of down sides. Firstly and most importantly is going to be cost, simple supply and demand. These new specialty 4/3 lenses are going to cost the earth and there will be no second hand market for many years. I would personally prefer if Panasonic would enter the d-SLR market. With their electronic knowledge im sure they could make one mean d-SLR body.
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 6:46 PM   #9
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Nooner.. mate love the beard !

Tis longer than mine ! Have u manged to levitate yet ?



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