A Mirrorless Successor to the Olympus E-5 – Is This the End of Their DSLR Line?

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PetaPixel are citing numerous sources who say that there may be a mirrorless successor to the Olympus E-5, thereby ending the Olympus DSLR line.  The new camera is rumored to be larger than the OM-D E-M5, but smaller than the E-5.  This would put it right in the size range of the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  You don’t suppose?…

Anywhoot…  PetaPixel ReportsIn a recent interview with Quesabesque, Miguel Angel Garcia, the CEO of Olympus Spain, dropped another “official” hint at what the camera company is cooking up to replace the E-5. The subsequent article, which initially said that the camera would be compatible with both Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds Lenses, has since been reworded to state simply that the replacement for the E-5 will be “capable of harnessing the full potential of Four Thirds lenses.”

All of the remaining details come courtesy of DSLRmagazine and previous statements made by President of Olympus, Haruo Ogawa. They’re reporting that the next iteration will be somewhere between the E-M5 and E-5 in size and come equipped with a “spectacular” electronic view finder, some very advanced new features, and a price tag that outweighs the one you’ll find attached to the E-M5. In regards to lenses, the magazine says to expect an MFT mount, and a special FT adapter that will make good on Mr. Garcia’s promise mentioned above.  (Read full article on PetaPixel – video above courtesy of PhotographyReview.  This is one of the rare times that you’ll see an unboxing video on this site as I think they are ridiculous and hope that they soon become as obsolete as DSLRs are destined to become)

Editor’s Note:  It’s not hard to imagine that Olympus are moving away from DSLRs in much the same way that Canon and (to a lesser degree) Nikon are resisting the migration to mirrorless cameras.  As a company, you always want to go with your bread and butter, and Olympus is a bonafide mirrorless giant!

Olympus and Panasonic have been pushing each other to new and greater heights since the launch or micro 4/3 cameras in 2008.  It seems that they’re constantly leapfrogging each other and raising the bar of achievement.  Earlier this year, Olympus launched the amazing OM-D E-M5 and positioned themselves on top of the mirrorless mountain with that camera’s incredible image quality and revolutionary In Body Image Stabilization, and a lot of DSLR shooters took note.  Of course, a few months ago, Panasonic launched the Lumix GH3 and knocked their pals off the top of Mount Olympus.  The GH3 is not just getting DSLR shooters to look.  The combination of it’s amazing still image and video quality catapult it to the head of the Hybrid Class, and it’s size, although larger than other mirrorless offerings, is still smaller and lighter than traditional DSLRs, bit it’s size and shape are much more comfortable to those who are accustomed to shooting with CaNikons, and many are making the move.

Call me crazy, but wouldn’t it make sense for Olympus to put out their own “Pro Level” mirrorless system that will appeal to those Pro Photo/Video shooters who are looking to move away from their big, bulky and heavy DSLR systems and into something that will allow them to more easily incorporate video into their work?  And how powerful would it be if that camera had Olympus’ rock solid 5 point IBIS built into it?

Me thinks that the game of “King of the Hill” between Panasonic and Olympus is far from over…   and Sony and Fuji are withing striking distance of the top of that hill too.


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