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Re: A new board for E-A1 prototype discussion

Well my observations are:

Larger than an E-520, obviously styled like an E-3.

Front and rear command wheels.

Same USB connector as an E-420/520 to accommodate video and data signals. E-3 has separate ports.

Plastic construction rather than thixo alloy mouldings.

Mode dial instead of E-3's button/adjust arrangement.

Full-size top-plate status LCD.

Articulating LCD - not sure if it's a 2.7 inch or 3 inch panel.

Question marks:

Will it have a power grip? I certainly hope so, but there is evidence to suggest that Olympus got its hands burned with the E-300 grip, which was not a popular accessory.

Will the E-A1 have the same or similar E-3 style large view TTL finder? It really does need a larger view than afforded by the E-420 and E-520.

Sensor? Logically, it should get a development of the 12MP Live MOS sensor used in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Micro Four Thirds body. This does seem to have improved low light high ISO characteristics.

AF - It would be logical for Olympus to use the 11-point AF system developed for the E-3. The earlier 3-point system would be very inadequate for a model of the E-A1's pretensions.

Weather sealing? Again, seems logical, but we just don't know.

Is likely to have live view AF, just like the E-420 and 520, including face detection, which I would welcome.

HD movie recording? Nikon has benefitted from the marketing value of HD with the D90. Something Olympus will only be too aware of.

Any other speculation? Over to you

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