The Olympus OM-D E-M5 successor is rumored to become official sometime within the next four to six weeks, inside sources have revealed.
Not a single day goes by without a rumor. Information that should remain a secret gets leaked on the web often enough to give us an idea of what is coming and how the market will change in the future.
Usually, there is one product that garners the most attention from the rumor mill. This time, the “winner” is the Olympus OM-D E-M5 successor.
The next-generation entry-level OM-D camera has been the most discussed digital imaging product of recent times and the situation does not appear to become different anytime soon.
Olympus poised to replace the OM-D E-M5 with a new camera within the next six weeks
About 24 hours have passed since the last time we spoke about it. However, as a new source has come out with new details, it is our duty to report them.
According to a person familiar with the matter, the E-M5 replacement’s release date has been scheduled for sometime within the next four to six weeks. This means that the Micro Four Thirds camera will be released by the end of January.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 successor to come packed with its predecessor’s 16-megapixel image sensor
The new source has confirmed that the new mirrorless camera will feature the same sensor as the E-M5. The 16-megapixel unit will not feature phase detection autofocus technology, but will come with 5-axis image stabilization technology.
Additionally, it is believed that the image processor will be identical to the one found in the flagship E-M1. A feature that still needs to be determined is whether or not the sensor will have an anti-aliasing filter.
The device is said to be an entry-level camera, but this is because the E-M1 is placed above it. The E-M5 successor will not be a poor camera and its price will not be very low. However, its predecessor will certainly have its price dropped from the current $899 threshold.
Panasonic 150mm f/2.8 lens might not become available at all
Turning our attention to another side of the Micro Four Thirds world, it seems like the Panasonic 150mm f/2.8 lens might never see the light of day.
Sources who have been right in the past are claiming that the Japanese maker is still mulling over plans to launch this telephoto lens for MFT users. It seems like the company is having a hard time in deciding its price, but its specs might be changed as well.
Maybe the end of the year will allow things to cool down a little and everything will be sorted out at the beginning of the new year.