Future of Olympus


Blu-By-U

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If you are wondering the Future of Olympus Cameras, have a fun read...https://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2021/01/04/camera-of-the-year-roundtable-madavor-photo-editors-debate-2020

Maybe go Canon ;)
 

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Great Article. Yes, I do agree on the technical superiority of Cameras like the Canon R5 or Sony A7Riv.
But like some other editors, I do fall for lightweight and portability of the M43 systems simply because I do not need or reach the technically superior capabilities of the higher end cameras.

If you are wondering the Future of Olympus Cameras, have a fun read...https://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2021/01/04/camera-of-the-year-roundtable-madavor-photo-editors-debate-2020

Maybe go Canon ;)
 

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The Olympus transfer to JIP is now complete.
The Heads of Sales & Marketing and R&D were transferred too.
Hopefully, we see a brighter future for Olympus Cameras and M43 :)

 

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Let's Hope JIP will launch the EM1 IV too!

I know video is now the trend and it is likely that the EM1 IV will be more video capable, probably similar to Panasonic GH series.
BUT the feature that will get me very interested to upgrade will be the BIRD AI feature, if you can help me to improve my hit rates for Bird In Flight shots.

 

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Depending on the direction they intend to head but from earlier post, expect high end stuff. I would prefer mass market saturation then high end stuff. Selling 20 low end bodies would mean at least 15 lenses upgrade while a single high end body would only be 1 high/super grade lens.

Let's Hope JIP will launch the EM1 IV too!

I know video is now the trend and it is likely that the EM1 IV will be more video capable, probably similar to Panasonic GH series.
BUT the feature that will get me very interested to upgrade will be the BIRD AI feature, if you can help me to improve my hit rates for Bird In Flight shots.

 

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I go for the EM1. ii. It's suppose to be the same sensor, but the advantage is the better weather sealing, the twin SD slots and bigger battery.
And the news I am getting of the tripod point failure of that EM5 iii points to a design failure.
Thanks bro, me too and waiting for the price to drop now
 

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They largely perform the same, with some minor differences.
I’d go for the 1.2 if you plan on using long lenses. The extra grip makes it ergonomically more suitable for the larger lenses.
The 5.3 makes for a very small package if you pair it with a couple of small primes.
For everything in between you could go either way. You need to try it in person b4 deciding.
yes agree thanks, especially the 1.2 grip more suitable for guy's hands
 

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Depending on the direction they intend to head but from earlier post, expect high end stuff. I would prefer mass market saturation then high end stuff. Selling 20 low end bodies would mean at least 15 lenses upgrade while a single high end body would only be 1 high/super grade lens.
IMHV they made mistake in product priority and sequences ... if they choose to make the em5.3 or em1.3 before the em1x then maybe now is different. Hope JIP has better strategies ..
 

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The EM5 Mk3 is what attracted be to begin using an Olympus.

Olympus actually put about 95% of the EM1 mk2 capabilities into the EM5 mk3 and launch it at $1300 in Singapore.
I was told they sold about 180 units on morning of their first day launch. It was really a bargain at that time.

Olympus probably did that the test the market for the tier just below their highest end model to see the market response,
and basing on what I see around me, quite a large number of M43 users upgraded or get the Em5 mk3 as a spare camera body.
It is small and light weight but was never meant to be in the same league as the EM1 or EM1x, hence the tripod mount.

As mentioned , I used the tripod mount probably less than 10 times (with 2 days carrying it around on a tripod holding only
the tripod for about 3 hrs each) with no issues.

I used it as a travel camera, or to record family outings but not for professional work.

I have attended several Olympus workshops and hands-on the EM1 and EM1x on several occasions and do agree that
they are definitely more robust, but I hardly miss any additional features when I using my EM5.

Anyway, let's see what JIP is going to do with Olympus this year. Cheers