View Full Version : Future of E System

16th November 2009, 03:51 PM

There's an interesting news story on the Amateur Photographer website: Olympus, who were launching a TV advert for the EP2, are quoted as saying they see mirror-less cameras as the "future whether the photographic industry likes it or not."

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/news/Olympus_Mirrorless_cameras_are_the_future_news_291 805.html

I'm wondering what others think of this and what does it mean for the the traditional SLR 4/3rd's system? Is this code for the 4/3rd system being phased out in the long term.

Personally, I don't like electronic viewfinders and won't buy a camera unless it has a decent optical viewfinder. Maybe at some point in the future electronic viewfinders will match or better an optical one, but I don't see that happening for a quite a while, if at all.

I'd hate it if Olympus phased out the 4/3rd system. What do you think?

16th November 2009, 03:55 PM
Obviously the 4/3 system won`t last forever! but I can`t see them making it redundant for many, many years!

16th November 2009, 04:27 PM

and, whilst one day EVFs will compete with OVFs and mirrorless cameras become the norm, that had bu**er all to do with the demise of 43 - why do people continue to make 98 out of 2 and 2?

16th November 2009, 04:49 PM
I wasn't aware that I was getting 98 from 2+3. It's a legitimate question, Olympus make 4/3rds and now micro 4/3rds. If it sees mirror-less cameras as the future, then by definition it doesn't see 4/3rd's in that future - unless they make a mirror-less 4/3rds camera as well: but what would the point of that be if they already make micro 4/3rd's.

I don't expect any camera system to last forever but I do expect a reasonable shelf life to justify my investment. If the future is limited, I might think twice before buying any more 4/3rd gear and may even consider another system that will be potentially longer lived.

16th November 2009, 04:58 PM
I can`t see the point in changing brand, as I am sure once one manufaturer does away with mirrors, then the others will all follow suit & see it as moving with the times! :)

16th November 2009, 05:42 PM
I'm not keen on moving brands either. I've always viewed Olympus as an innovatory camera maker and bought into the Olympus E because I thought it was the first "proper" digital system with decent lenses: legacy Nikon or Canon glass on an APC sensor made no sense to me. Now I've used it for a few years, I much prefer the 4:3 aspect ratio to 3:2 and Olympus is the only SLR manufacturer to offer that (apart from hugely expensive medium format DSLRs).

I think Olympus has been a bit surprised by the success of micro 4/3rd's. When it was launched in the summer they were talking about running both systems. Now, mirror-less is the future, which is a big change in emphasis so it makes me wonder about what their long term plans really are.

16th November 2009, 05:53 PM
I wasn't aware that I was getting 98 from 2+3..... unless they make a mirror-less 4/3rds camera as well: but what would the point of that be if they already make micro 4/3rd's.

there are a number of reasons to make a mirrorless camera body with 43 lens registration distance/mount - not least would be to make use of the existing (Olympus) lens range. I also believe there are actually technical reasons why telephotos are better on 43, whilst WA development can be done easier on m43 from other posts - but don't understand the technicals.

there is also a question of whether CDAF will ever be capable of performing at the necessay speed, and if not then the implementation of new PDAF might benefit from the space the 43 registration distance provides, or it might not.

the point I was trying to make earlier was exactly this.

I agree that it's possible that everything will move to the m43 mount, but 'mirrorless' alone isn't the reason it will happen.