Olympus is now rumored to be working on a high-end OM-D-series mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds camera, which will be announced sometime in September 2014.
There has been a lot of talk surrounding the future of Olympus. The company is doing better financially, thanks to an increase in mirrorless camera sales. However, it has not been very active on the market in recent times, with the launch of the PEN E-PL7 camera being delayed for some reason.
New Olympus OM-D camera will not replace the E-M5, but will record 4K videos
Recently, a trusted source has confirmed that a new Olympus OM-D Micro Four Thirds camera is coming soon. Additionally, it has been revealed that the OM-D E-M1 will receive a major firmware update, which will include 4K video recording.
These details have made people believe that the shooter is not a high-end model, nor a low-end one, since the E-M10 has just been released earlier this year. Naturally, people have assumed that the OM-D E-M5 is getting replaced.
As it turns out, it appears that the E-M5 still has a long life ahead. According to the latest information, the upcoming Olympus MFT camera is a high-end shooter that may feature 4K video recording and it will be announced this September.
High-end Olympus OM-D Micro Four Thirds camera to compete against Panasonic GH4
These appear to be conflicting details. It would be quite weird to see the E-M1 being replaced only one year after its introduction, especially considering the fact that it is getting 4K support soon.
On the other hand, Olympus may launch a new model that will be aimed at competing against the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7S 4K-ready mirrorless cameras.
It would be more of a niche product with an expensive price tag. If this turns out to be true, then the E-M1 will not be replaced and will co-exist with the new, unnamed device.
Meanwhile, the Olympus E-M1 is available at Amazon for about $1,300, courtesy of a $200 discount, whereas the E-M5 can be yours for a little under $1,000.
Plenty of goodies expected to be announced by the company soon
The rumor mill is claiming that Olympus has plenty of products in the pipeline, which are expected to be unveiled in the near future.
The list includes several PRO lenses, such as the 9mm f/2.8 and the 40-150mm f/2.8.
Moreover, a full frame mirrorless camera has been hinted at for several months, so we may get a glimpse of it at the Photokina 2014.
Take these details with a pinch of salt and wait for more details before drawing a conclusion!