Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.
Olympus Full Frame Rumors
Rumors are starting to fly that Olympus may be considering a move into the full frame marketplace. The reports started coming in after it was discovered that Olympus had recently patented a new 28mm F/2 lens designed for full frame sensors.
As you all know, Olympus is a micro four thirds manufacturer. They currently have no reason (in relation to any of their products) to produce, let alone develop, a full frame lens. This has led many to speculate that the Japanese firm may be considering a move into full frame.
The question here is (assuming they are going FF, which is a bit premature), will OIympus be doing this move into full frame on their own, or will they be partnering with another brand and sharing a mount like they currently do in micro four thirds with Panasonic. Maybe they will team up with Fuji, or license the E-Mount from Sony?
Unless they come up with something special, it seems like an odd time to join the full frame market. The only thing that makes sense is some sort of full frame mirrorless, something to compete against the Sony A7 series. No one else is doing that yet; being the first to challenge Sony’s full frame mirrorless monopoly could be very valuable to Olympus.
Time will tell…This was one of the more interesting rumors that I have come across in a while.
Fuji, as expected, made some waves last week when they announced their first camera to feature a new sensor in several years. This next generation of Fuji‘s X-Trans technology will be sure to be a hot topic over the coming months as the camera is released and its image quality is compared to its competitors.
The guys over at The Camera Store TV managed to get their hands on the X-Pro2 before the announcements, and while it was a pre-production unit, they were kind enough to put together this great overview/hands-on video with Fuji‘s new flagship camera.
I can’t wait to get my hands on this camera for review. I am a huge fan of Fuji‘s cameras; quite honestly the only real reason I moved to Sony was the full frame sensor and better video capabilities. If I did not want/need those things, then I would still be a Fuji owner today.
Sony A6100 & Other Announcements Coming Soon
CES came and went without any significant announcements from Sony. The next big show for the camera industry is CP+ in February, and it is expected that Sony will be making several announcements between now and then – likely sooner than later.
According to the latest report out of Sony Alpha Rumors, the A6100 is expected to be announced ‘soon.’ Sadly that is as accurate as they can get right now – which may mean it’s currently a fluid situation.
In addition to the A6100, a new HX400 camcorder is also expected to possibly be announced. This is just a piece of the report over on SAR. Their report goes on to say that a yet-unnamed third camera could be announced. It is possible that this could be the long-rumored A9 – or it could be something else entirely.
All I know is that my Sony contacts are staying mum, and while that is nothing new, I did get the vibe that something is coming – something that will be worth noting. I am curious to see what it will be.
What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!