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More E-1 successor hints from Olympus

Latest Olympus Passion for Best E-1 successor teaser update hints at more megapixels and squashes alternative sensor rumour

The Olympus marketing machine has been in action again with the latest instalment of the of the 'Passion for Best' series of mini-features spotlighting the work and comments from various engineers from Olympus' DSLR design team. The new instalments cover sensor design and image processing, plus the supersonic wave drive technology used in the moving sensor image stabilisation system.

Much of what has been published is nothing more than a personalised tour if known Olympus technologies, but there were a couple of nuggets in the latest updates that stood out. Firstly, there has been much speculation in the last couple of weeks about a supposed document leaked from Olympus that suggested a revolutionary new sensor technology would be implemented in the Olympus E-1 flagship DSLR successor. But what we got from Olympus was a reminder of how good the Live MOS sensor technology is that is already used in the E-410 and E-510.

Particularly interesting was the quote from Masaaki Komiya, the engineer who headed the image sensor development team: "Needless to say, we made this sensor future-proof, making sure that it will be able to handle even more pixels in the future." The question is, are we talking about the near future or the mid-term future?

Elsewhere, there are broad hints that the E-1 successor will have a new, throughput-optimised, image processing system, using multiple channels and parallel processing. There is a mention of compressed RAW image data, too.

You can check out the latest Passion for Best chapters for yourself, and by the way - there are now spaces for 20 instalments instead of the original 10.

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More E-1 successor hints from Olympus

Four Thirds User editorial team More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
The Olympus E-1 successor marketing machine has been in action again with more instalments in the 'P... (more)

Hans Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
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John Perriment Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Yes, it's been a long time and quite frustrating but because of this I'm still convinced Oly has som... (more)

Ian Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
At least the launch date has been set - no more than 17th October :D Ian... (more)

Hans Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Ian, at that rate the launch will come out before the "passion" is finished. :rolleyes: Guess tha... (more)

Unregistered Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
I was just reading about the E-1 successor at: [url]www.olympus-global.com/en/news/2007a/nr07030edev... (more)

Monchee10 Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
I tried that link and it didn't work...... (more)

river5 Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Olympus makes me feel that either they dont know what they are doing or that they dont care.Maybe th... (more)

Bob Ross Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Oh, I think Oly knows what they are doing and the way they are addressing the issues, it seems clear... (more)

N/A Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
All will be revealed on 17th October, at which point we will know what delights Olympus have in stor... (more)

Ian Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Personally, I'm not expecting more than the widely rumoured basic spec. - 10MP, but at 5fps, high qu... (more)

zmohie Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Iagree with you Ian about 10mp but at more than 5fps.Iexpect it will be the same layout of E1 with ... (more)

Ian Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
5fps makes a big difference compared to 3fps and the new camera will undoubtedly have a better an... (more)

Bob Ross Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
I'm not so sure that jumping up to the competator's MP ranges would be of any advantage in a pact... (more)

Bob Ross Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Come on Ian, "Basic Spec"? This is the flagship:eek: Personally, I'm expecting a collection of ... (more)

Hans Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Personally don't need 5fps or any more than 10mp (sure, I'll take it), but I'll take 5 stops of IS, ... (more)

nikkorku Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
5 fps with buffer around 20 RAW is a great advantage on current competition imo. Megapixel is n... (more)

Ian Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
I'm looking out for UDMA card interface compatibility (266x and above). Ian... (more)

Wreckdiver Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
With all the speculation and waiting I just hope that Olympus has thought well ahead when deciding o... (more)

Ian Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
You raise an interesting topic - underwater housings; With Live View, more and more people will want... (more)

nad Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Episodes 12 (Live View) and 13 (Lens SWD) are up now!!! niels... (more)

Ian Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Thanks sharp-eyed Niels :) Ian... (more)

Wreckdiver Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
The E-510 (in my opinion) with it's Live View and image stabilisation is going to be a big hit with ... (more)

Ian Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Does the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10's full-time live view AF offer an advantage for this kind of wor... (more)

Wreckdiver Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Hi Ian, I'm not familiar with the DMC-L10, but, in my opinion, live-view is definitely a big plus... (more)

Ian Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
The C-8080WZ has phase detect AF? I'm not so sure :rolleyes: The L10 uses contrast detect AF ... (more)

Wreckdiver Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Thanks for the info. The C-8080WZ uses Phase and Contrast detection together as default. The phase d... (more)

Bob Ross Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Hi Steve, The issues with underwater photography certainly put a strain on choices. The costs & ava... (more)

Wreckdiver Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Hi Bob, Certainly, the availability of suitable housings limits the choice available to the UW p... (more)

Bob Ross Re: More E-1 successor hints from Olympus
Hi Steve, Expenses and spouses aside, for discussion sake;) Wide angle might be best, the larger ... (more)