Olympus to Supply Sony with Lens Parts; Olympus 400mm f/4 Lens Coming for Sony Alpha?

Olympus Lenses for Sony NEX

Sony became the largest shareholder of Olympus in September 2012. Since then, we’ve waited for the relationship to lead to more collaboration between the companies.

Olympus recently revealed that it will soon being supplying lens parts to Sony. According to an Olympus spokesperson,

The imaging sensor has already started to source from Sony to Olympus. And the lens [parts] and lens units will start to source from Olympus to Sony.

While Olympus refused to specify the extent of the lens parts supplies to Sony, rumors suggest that Olympus will develop a 400mm f/4 lens for Sony Alpha A-mount cameras to be unveiled in early 2014.

[via AP and SAR]

Olympus Glasses w/ Built-in Camera & Display

Olympus Glasses Built-in Camera

Olympus has submitted a patent application in Japan for what looks like a camera-centric Google Glass unit. The Olympus glasses feature a built-in camera and display; however, little else is revealed concerning the camera’s functionality – and it’s hard to imagine connected glasses units from Olympus that would offer greater connectivity than what we see in Google Glass. [Read more...]

More Olympus E-P5 Leaks

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Several more images of the Olympus E-P5 have leaked out ahead of Friday’s announcement as a long-awaited replacement for the Olympus E-P3.  The camera is rumored to feature the same 16MP sensor as found in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and is modeled after the old Olympus PEN F film camera from yesteryear. The E-P5 can also capture full HD 1080/30p video at 20Mbps bit rate and should include built-in WiFi. [Read more...]

More Olympus E-P5 Images Leak Out

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The upcoming Olympus E-P5 is turning out to be a very poorly kept secret. The first photo of the new Micro Four Thirds camera leaked out last week, and now we have three more images.

The E-P5′s controls have undergone somewhat of a change from the layout of the E-P3‘s controls. And to confirm the model name, note the branding in the top image (see bottom right corner) with the model ‘E-P5′ inscribed on the camera. [Read more...]

Olympus PEN E-P5 Leaks Out

Olympus E-P5

After yesterday’s teaser from Olympus of a new PEN camera due out in early May, the Olympus E-P5 appears to have leaked out ahead of its official announcement. As previously rumored, it closely resembles the design of the old Olympus PEN F.

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is expected to be announced by May 11, 2013. The camera is rumored to feature the same 16MP sensor as found in the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Additional rumors suggest an improved AF speed that will best the highly-regarded E-M5.

Personally, I think this is one very attractive camera – even more so if the AF speed is as fast as rumored.

[via 43rumors]

Olympus Teases New PEN Camera, Due on May 11

Olympus PEN Teaser Campaign 2013

Olympus’ Chinese website is teasing a silhouette of a new PEN model that it has dated for a May 11, 2013 unveiling. The Olympus E-P5 and E-PL6 were previously rumored to be next on the PEN release schedule.

The Olympus PEN E-P3 is nearly 2-years old and no longer in production, while the E-PL5 was just announced in September 2012.

[via 4/3 Rumors]

New Olympus PEN Taking on New “PEN F” Design?

Olympus PEN F

New rumors over at Photo Rumors point to an upcoming Olympus PEN Micro Four Thirds model that will follow closely to the design of the old PEN F film camera. Additional rumors suggest a built-in viewfinder, which would be a welcomed feature on the mirrorless model.

No other details on specs are being tossed around at this time; however, such a camera would presumably reside at the top of the PEN line-up while the E-PM and E-PL series rounded out the low- and mid-range PEN options. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen a new top-level camera in the PEN series (the E-P3 in 2011, which is now discontinued).

Reasonable expectations for a release time frame would be Summer 2013.