We round up the most credible camera rumors and review our thoughts on what the camera makers might do next.
Olympus camera rumors 2020
Last year the corporate celebrated its 100th birthday, but this year the celebrations turned to commiserations as Olympus is selling its camera business.
The new owner, Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), insists that the imaging business will continue which we’ll see the OM, PEN and Zuiko lineages continue – but it’s possible that the Olympus brand are going to be dropped starting in 2021.
So, is it all doom and gloom for one among the foremost storied camera lines in history? we do not think so.
This we’ve already had the flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and rumors abound that a replacement entry level Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is on the way this year too. And with the confirmation that four new lenses are on the way, this is often faraway from the top for Olympus…
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV
Olympus’ entry level offering is due for an update, because the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III was released in 2017 – and tons has changed within the past three years.
Once upon a time, back when a 16MP resolution was still pretty impressive, Olympus could afford to order its top-tier 20MP sensor for its top-tier E-M1 camera. However, in 2020, 16MP is looking a touch anaemic even for an entry level model. even as it did with the E-M5 III last year, Olympus desperately must bring that 20MP sensor to the E-M10 IV this year.
The manufacturer has always feared cannibalization of its line , typically staggering feature sets in order that there was minimal overlap between the E-M1, E-M5 and E-M10. However, there is no time left for those sorts of games – it might be insanity for the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV to not possess the 20MP sensor.
Other than resolution, though, we expect the Mark IV to be largely just like the Mark III. we expect Olympus will still rope in features to retain the E-M5 III’s identity above it within the line – so don’t expect a totally articulating screen or 50MP High Res Shot, for instance . If the 20MP sensor does make it across, though, the E-M10 IV could possess phase detect autofocus – which might be a huge boon for the system.
Olympus PEN E-PL11
The enduring E-PL (Electronic PEN-Lite) line has been a uniform success for Olympus, particularly in Japan where it’s a well-liked choice for young fashionistas. Despite its modest 16MP sensor and 3-axis in-body image stabilization, the Olympus PEN E-PL10 provided an appealing upgrade for Instagram-conscious shooters trying to find a compact, interchangeable lens alternative to taking smartphone snaps.
Since the E-PL series has seen annual updates per annum since 2016, it seems likely that an Olympus PEN E-PL11 will appear on the horizon. However, we dearly hope that it finally features some updated specs – at the very least, a bump to the company’s celebrated 5-axis IBIS would be appreciated (a la the E-M10 series), though we do not expect to ascertain the 20MP sensor make it to the entry level body.
Still, the appeal of the E-PL line has never been its cutting-edge specs, but more its slender design, 180° selfie screen and proliferation of Art Filters – so we’re much more likely to urge an additional filter or two than we are a big specs upgrade.
The Olympus verdict
After a troublesome year of trading, thanks in large part to transplanting its manufacturing facilities across Asia, and therefore the news that it’s selling off its camera business, it has been a troublesome time for Olympus. With the professional E-M1 and enthusiast E-M5 tiers of cameras having been newly updated, 2020 looks to be one where Olympus will refresh its hobbyist systems – we’re hoping for an E-M10 Mark IV announcement soon, and doubtless a PEN E-PL11 soon after.