When a 6MP from Olympus ?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Alfred Molon, Nov 13, 2003.

  1. Alfred Molon

    Alfred Molon Guest

    Does anybody know when we'll see a 6MP (consumer) camera from Olympus ?
    Something like a 6060, with perhaps a 2/3" CCD.

    The camera manufacturers seem to be stuck at the 5MP level at the
    moment. There is just the 8MP camera from Sony, which has been delayed
    and a 6MP camera from Fuji.

    Or perhaps, since Sony seems to have skipped the 6 and 7MP stage by
    directly going to 8MP, also Olympus and Canon will go to 8MP - if the
    problems around the 8MP CCD from Sony are solved.
    Alfred Molon, Nov 13, 2003
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  2. Alfred Molon

    JackD Guest

    Going from 5MP to 6MP is like going from 2MP to 2.4MP.
    I would imagine that many manufacturers would find that their customers
    respond better to a larger jump.

    For me going from 5 to 8MP would be a noticeable difference and thus worth
    considering, but I'd probably skip buying any camera that gives only a 20%
    improvement (and considering that resolution is not everything, the actual
    "improvement" is likely less than that).

    JackD, Nov 13, 2003
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  3. Alfred Molon

    PhotoMan Guest

    I would imagine that a lot of their R & D resources went into the
    development of the E-1.
    PhotoMan, Nov 14, 2003
  4. Alfred Molon

    Mark Hanson Guest

    The E-1 isn't consumer enough? Granted it is somewhat expensive -- and 5 MP,
    for that matter -- which is probably what you meant. I do imagine though
    that the 4/3 sensor will find its way into one or another of their digicams
    one of these days, but not soon.

    Mark Hanson, Nov 14, 2003
  5. Alfred Molon

    JK Guest

    I am more interested in a camera with a 5x optical zoom that is f2.4 or faster
    at the telephoto end, and a low noise 800 ISO mode(1600 would be even
    better!). Olympus seems to be heading in the wrong direction though, with
    its latest cameras that have slow lenses. The use of a proprietary battery
    on the newer models is also frustrating. Olympus had a good niche(digital
    cameras that used AA batteries and had fast senses). Now they appear
    to be abandoning it, going towards smaller cameras. Canon and Sony
    are excellent at making very small cameras. Olympus will probably have
    a very difficult time competing in that segment.
    JK, Nov 15, 2003
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