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Old 28th August 2008
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In the past several days I have read on CNet.com and PC World that Nikon has just released a new DSLR, N90 with some pretty good specs and price points here in the US.

The camera has a 12.3 APS-C sensor, can shoot at 4.5 FPS, and has a HD video capability at 24 FPS and at 1280x720 HD resolution-720P. The rear screen can shoot in a Live View Mode and the resolution of the screen is 920,000 pixels.

The price point is $999.95 for the body and $1299.95 with the kit lens which has image stabilization in it.

So based on these specs and price points, Olympus has its work cut out for themselves considering the E-3 does not sport a lot of these specs and that the Micro 4/3 models will contain live video but have less capability. I have an E-500 and E-520 and a host of lenses. If Olympus is going to compete on specifications, e.g. memgapixels, they will have to find a way to get more pixels on the 4/3 chip while improving the output quality. They might have to go with a Sigma based chip, Froen, and layer the Blue, Red, and Green sites to afford better management of the space available on the 4/3 factor.

Does anyone have any comments on this? I have established my rig-equipment on the Olympus 4/3 model, but the price for the N90 surely seems to have more of a bite than the E-3 for hundreds more. Where do you see this all going for Olympus and the enduser?

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Re: Nikon and Canon pursue more competition.

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To All,

In the past several days I have read on CNet.com and PC World that Nikon has just released a new DSLR, N90 with some pretty good specs and price points here in the US.

The camera has a 12.3 APS-C sensor, can shoot at 4.5 FPS, and has a HD video capability at 24 FPS and at 1280x720 HD resolution-720P. The rear screen can shoot in a Live View Mode and the resolution of the screen is 920,000 pixels.

The price point is $999.95 for the body and $1299.95 with the kit lens which has image stabilization in it.

So based on these specs and price points, Olympus has its work cut out for themselves considering the E-3 does not sport a lot of these specs and that the Micro 4/3 models will contain live video but have less capability. I have an E-500 and E-520 and a host of lenses. If Olympus is going to compete on specifications, e.g. memgapixels, they will have to find a way to get more pixels on the 4/3 chip while improving the output quality. They might have to go with a Sigma based chip, Froen, and layer the Blue, Red, and Green sites to afford better management of the space available on the 4/3 factor.

Does anyone have any comments on this? I have established my rig-equipment on the Olympus 4/3 model, but the price for the N90 surely seems to have more of a bite than the E-3 for hundreds more. Where do you see this all going for Olympus and the enduser?

Thanks,

Dennis G
Hi Dennis,

Did you mean D90?

Link here http://www.pcworld.com/article/15039...vie_clips.html

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Re: Nikon and Canon pursue more competition.

Yes I did. Another Typo. This is going to put extreme pressure on Olympus to up the features and improve the output.

Can they do it?
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Yes I did. Another Typo. This is going to put extreme pressure on Olympus to up the features and improve the output.

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Thanks Dennis. I shall read the articles.

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Re: Nikon and Canon pursue more competition.

Link to Nikon specs below:

http://imaging.nikon.com/products/im.../d90/index.htm

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Re: Nikon and Canon pursue more competition.

I don't think it'll put much much pressure on Olympus at all, except maybe in price and they'll lower the E-3 price another $100 or 200.

Olympus owner typically don't buy on specs; they buy on what the camera feels like and can do for them. Canon competes with Nikon and they're going to probably feel a lot of pressure. Olympus has a wonderful niche product, and probably no plans for moving up.

Again, look at the computer industry. There are Windows PCs that outspec virtually all Macs; more of everything with faster rated speeds. However, Apple does very well, and probably has more cash in the bank than any individual PC company. Plus their niche has expanded a bit in the last few years. Olympus isn't a company at all like Apple, but their camera division seems to work along roughly the same philosophical lines.

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Yes I agree, BUT let's go back to the '70s when the SLR market grew from viewfinder models. We had Nikormat, Practica, Canon, Nikon, Bell and Howell, Yashica, Pentex, Minolta, Olympus, Sigma and others. As we know it now, a lot of these no longer exist and Olympus took a hyatus for a while also.

Olympus was always a compact version of the SLR and many users really appreciated that and the performance as well. Their lens quality was and still is second to none. But the others who remain also have the same attributes!

So like in the seventies, the late '90s and the first decade of the twenty first century may see the same shake out. Who the market will shake out is up for grabs and opinions. My only concern is that with the stakes being raised ever more frequently, short obsolecense, the time to regroup gets harder and harder. So for next few years it will be interesting to see who will survive, what niches these manufacturers satisfy, and how we as the end customer will fair if any of these companies cease to make DSLRs.

It is dejavu all over again in the camera market. As far as computers, they are also having issues with speed, size, and performance. Most importantly price. Hopefully we all fair well by our decisions that we make when we decide to buy.

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Re: Nikon and Canon pursue more competition.

I can't see that's it's got an articulating screen.

Since I bought my E3 about 9 months ago I'm finding I'm using the articulating screen with live-view more and more for macro photography. I've managed to take shots of wild flowers that would have been totally impossible without it. I don't think I'd buy a camera without this feature now

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Re: Nikon and Canon pursue more competition.

Well that is the "Voice of The Customer". If these testimonials are made available to most in the marketplace, then Olympus will have something to brag about and can use it to leverage the brand. It is in the branding that we come to associate quality, delivery, and price.
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Re: Nikon and Canon pursue more competition.

Well, I have read through the spec and have to conclude that I shall be sticking with the E3. Like all camera specs these days its a case of swings and roundabouts, there are some nice features but also some ommisions compared with the E3. I guess the price might sway some. The market place has changed considerably since the 1970's with a much greater customer base. I think there's plenty of room today for the existing manufacturers to offer their own models competitively. The E3 is just 1 year old and soon the R&D costs will have been recovered giving Olympus the opportunity to respond with a price cut if this is what is needed.

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We'll be watching! Have a great weekend!
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