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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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