Olympus E-520 Leak

Olympus UK apparently slipped up and posted the model number of the forthcoming successor to the Olympus E-510 on an info page regarding image quality.  The offending text has been removed; however, this is the passage that was purportedly published by Olympus:

So that you don’t need to carry a heavy tripod or invest extra money into every single stabilised lens, Olympus integrated a built-in image stabiliser into the camera body of the E-3, E-510 and E-520. It stabilises up to 5 EV steps (up to 4 EV steps with the E-510 and E-520), making it the most effective solution on the market.

You can see the can see the redacted version of the page here.  Note that the “and E-520″ is gone, which makes the listing of “E-3, E-510″ read awkward since there is a comma in a list of only two items.  The cached version of the page shows this current version as well.  (via dslruser.co.uk)

Since the E-420 was just recently released, the follow-on of the E-520 certainly comes as no surprise.  We’ll keep our ears to the ground and pass along the latest news and rumors on the Olympus E-520 when it arrives.

Cheaper Nikon Full Frame DSLR on the Horizon

Amidst the recent discussions of the rumored Nikon D3X, insights on a cheaper full frame DSLR from Nikon surfaced again.  The exchange between a couple of forum posters occurred on DPReview’s forums; however, one of the forum posters was Thom Hogan.  The original poster noted that a cheaper full frame Nikon DSLR was in the rumor mill.  Thom replied with:

Yep. But I still hear this as being further out than the D3x.


As you may know, Thom seems to have his ear keenly to the ground regarding Nikon news, rumors and equipment developments.  I’m sure Nikon users would love to see a mid-range FF DSLR that’s in the same price range as the current Canon 5D.  We’ll keep you posted with the latest on this rumor and the Nikon D3X.

EOS 5D Mark II Displayed on Canon Germany Website

UPDATE:  The Canon 5D Mark II has been officially announced.  Visit Photography Bay’s Canon 5D Mark II Reviews and Resources to learn more about this 21.1 megapixel DSLR.

Several trusted online vendors already have the Canon 5D Mark II available for pre-order.

Canon 5D Mark II (body only) – Amazon.com

Canon 5D Mark II w/ 24-105mm L lens – Amazon.com

Canon 5D Mark II (body only) – Adorama

Canon 5D Mark II w/ 24-105mm L lens – Adorama

Canon 5D Mark II (body only) – Ritz Camera

Stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Canon 5D Mark II Reviews and Resources for the latest.

This screenshot has popped up on web, which shows the Canon EOS 5D Mark II on the German version of Canon’s website.  The story goes that the camera appeared on the page for a little while and was then taken down.  There has been a number of debates in various forums regarding the authenticity of this screenshot.  I’m inclined to think that there may have been some Photoshopping done on it as well. Below, I’ve zoomed in and cut out the portion which references the 5D Mark II.

If you have any thoughts or insights on this screen capture, feel free to fire away in the comments below.

If you’d like to know more about rumors and speculations of the 5D Mk II, you can read up on it via Photography Bay’s Canon EOS 5D Mark II Rumor page.

Canon 5D Mark II Rumor Update – April 24 Announcement

A DPR forum poster dropped in a tidbit of info that he got while shopping for a Canon 5D:

Well, I was a bit sceptical about all the 5d MKII rumours. I stepped into my local camera shop as I was about to buy the current 5D when the salesman said I should rather wait until the 24th of April as the worldwide launch of the new 5D is happening then. (via)

As some astute forum members pointed out, this may be a situation where the salesman is just reading rumors online and pumping them up a bit.  See this previous rumor on an April 22nd announcement.

Regardless of the propriety of this recent rumor, stay tuned to the Canon 5D Mark II Rumors page for the latest updates.

Nikon D3X at 24.4 Megapixels

Apparently, the latest firmware update for the Nikon D3 is the source of leaked info on the 24.4 Megapixel Nikon D3X, which has been rumored for some time. Perhaps we will see the Nikon D3X at Photokina 2008.  According to a forum poster at DPReview, the following was found:

The following strings are in the D3′s B-firmware file v1.10, starting at offet 3’614’640:

6048×4032 24.4 M
4544×3024 13.7 M
3024×2016 6.1 M
5056×4032 20.4 M
3792×3024 11.5 M
2528×2016 5.1 M
3968×2640 10.5 M
2976×1976 5.9 M
1984×1320 2.6 M

For the latest on the Nikon D3X, stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Nikon D3X Rumors page.

Olympus E-430

Rumors and photos of an alleged Olympus E-430 have surfaced on the web. The E-430 would most likely serve as a step-up to the outdated E-330. If this is true, it may be a sign of things to come for the E-410 and E-510 successors. Interestingly, the E-430 would go a long way in bridging the gap between the E-330 and E-410. Maybe Olympus has the idea of consolidating its camera line? Other than the unique body design, some of the headline features are as follows:

  • New 12MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic III processor
  • CCD-shift image stabilization
  • Live View
  • Flip-out and up 2.5″ TFT LCD monitor
  • Faster USB interface (‘real’ USB 2.0 speed)
  • Wired remote option
  • Slightly higher continuous shooting frame rate and larger raw buffer

Stay tuned to this page for the latest news and rumors on the Olympus E-430.


2/18/08: Camera Town reports that this rumor looks like a hoax.  I tend to agree.  Read the post on Camera Town for more.