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E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

The well-known rumour site has today published a rumour that Olympus has developed an E-50 to replace the E-30 and that it should be on the market in the next couple of months.

Don't get too excited, it is just a rumour..... but you never know!
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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

I wish it is more than a rumour.

Many of us have invested on Zuiko lenses and are happy with the IQ and reliability the 4/3 system offers.

E-5 is indeed a very good camera but also quite expensive. If the E-50 offers the same IQ at a lower price tag, I will be happy.
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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

I never really saw the point of the E-30 so I hope if there is an E-50 it's more than an updated E-30.
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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

Not sure if I like the idea or not. On the one hand another Olympus DSLR added to a range of one, on the other hand if it's good and not to expensive I may well end up handing over my hard earned cash!
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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

I think we need an E50 to bring back some more faith in the regular 4/3s & I hope it can be a test bed for a new sensor like the E30 was. We can keep wishing & hoping. Not everybody has a need for the heavier weather sealed body of the E5 & also not everyone can afford that much either.
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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

I would prefer to see an updated E-620, personally.

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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

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I would prefer to see an updated E-620, personally.

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That's what I was getting at, an updated E-620 with an improved viewfinder rather than something that's nearly the size and weight of the E-5 without the build quality.
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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

Hi,

I believe Olympus need to introduce a DSLR at an affordable price tag to stay credible as a consumer market player.

I would personally think that E620++ (E720?) would be a more attractive offering (size, weight) but I guess the market research people at Olympus know what they are doing, if E50 is what we believe it is.

My wish list:
Larger viewfinder with higher magnification
Sensor with improved high ISO performance
F button possible to customize to assign useful functionalities
Means to save camera settings as "Custom" (same way as it works on Canon Powershot)

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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

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Hi,

I believe Olympus need to introduce a DSLR at an affordable price tag to stay credible as a consumer market player.

I would personally think that E620++ (E720?) would be a more attractive offering (size, weight) but I guess the market research people at Olympus know what they are doing, if E50 is what we believe it is.

My wish list:
Larger viewfinder with higher magnification
Sensor with improved high ISO performance
F button possible to customize to assign useful functionalities
Means to save camera settings as "Custom" (same way as it works on Canon Powershot)

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A larger view finder on an E30 would make it as big as the E5 (in the top)because of the size of the prism used. The E30 is still good at 98% coverage with 1.02× magnification & that's a lot better than the E620 (which doesn't have a prism & is lighter).

I would rather have the larger battery (BLM-1) of the E30 for it's capacity which is more than the BLS-1 has. I would also prefer to have the shutter speed range of the E30 & E5 (to 1/8000 sec.) plus the faster shutter burst speed (frames per sec.). I also like the 11 twin cross AF points of the E30 & the E5 (which is only 9 AF points in the E620).

The E30 has the Preview Button on the front that can't be programmed to anything else & the E5 can. I would like to see that on an E50.

I still think there is a strong reason to come up with an E50 to offer a body with similar E5 features at a more affordable price for those that can accept a less robust model plus still have a mode dial for those that rely on it (& the scene modes for those too).
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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

I do hope it's true. I've owned Canon, Nikon and Panasonic DSLR cameras and only recently bought into the Olympus system. I love the lenses and really hope they do continue with the 4/3's bodies. While their pro lenses work on micro 4/3's the AF is painfully slow!
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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

Earlier in the year I saw an Oly patent for a "flapping translucent mirror" - this would have about 30% of the light directed downwards onto a phase detect AF system but move out of the way to provide 100% of the light for image taking. Of course it would only work with a built in EVF and the full 4/3 flange to sensor distance.

I was just wondering if such a system would make a suitable E620 successor.

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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

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I would personally think that E620++ (E720?) ...Larger viewfinder with higher magnification
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If they were to make an E620 replacement mirrorless, then there is the opportunity to fit a quality EVF. Once that decision is made you could play with the magnification to give the E620 a good big (admittedly electonic) viewfinder. This is the one thing that annoys me about the '620..

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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

I agree with Pete. A mirrorless full 4/3 would appease current lens owners and be progression to the future.
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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

Just done a search and here is a link to the patent I mentioned above

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7889268.pdf

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Re: E-50? Could it be more than just a rumour?

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Earlier in the year I saw an Oly patent for a "flapping translucent mirror" - this would have about 30% of the light directed downwards onto a phase detect AF system but move out of the way to provide 100% of the light for image taking. Of course it would only work with a built in EVF and the full 4/3 flange to sensor distance.
This I do like the idea of as it can have a much larger view finder than Exxx could ever offer... could also offer a "high speed" mode where the transparent mirror stays where it is and the image quality takes the 30% less light knock.
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