Sunday, August 17, 2008

Interview with a Micro Four Thirds vampire

We missed this one while we were busy chasing Nikon in the last few days ;-) This is a very interesting interview with Ogawa Haruo of Olympus Japan, human-translated thanks to a great dpreview forum member in the Olympus SLR Talk forum. The interview is posted in three parts, and a discussion follows in the thread. This is a must read!

  1. Part I
  2. Part II
  3. Part III
  4. errata


mrsfixit said...

That was a fascinating interview, and the translator did a fantastic job.

The more I read about micro 4/3's the more interesting it becomes. I think this is the most exciting new technology that has appeared in years. I just hope it lives up to the hype.

Now let's hope that PanOly doesn't botch it up with stuff like xD or Memory Stick only, or no image stabilization, or some other nonsense.

I really hope they consider an articulating LCD on this puppy as well.

Let's hope it's also as small as they're saying it could be. If I could get something around the size of my Powershot A650 that would be great. I could even live with a tiny pancake prime...

I can't wait for Photokina... ;-)

Juha Haataja said...

Great interview! Especially interesting were comments about the contrast-detect autofocus and the two extra pins for focusing in the micro 4/3 mount.

I got the feeling that the first products may not yet be as competitive as when the technology matures. But Olympus at least is thinking in the long term.

1001 noisy cameras said...

Yes! That was a great translation/thread. One of the rare cases where a forum poster gets so many unanimous Thank-Yous!

The Oly.Japan guy hinted at being creative with the display options, so I think articulating LCDs are for almost guaranteed, at least in some models.

One thing that could be cool is if they made a detachable LCD. Maybe clip the LCD in front of one's eyes and shoot like a street-photographer-cyborg :)

Yes, Olympus, please no xD cards! SD/SDHC is a MUST if they want mass-market-appeal for these. No microSD or miniSD wishy-washy stuff :)

I remember the long-term mention in the interview as well, even though we want them to start with a big bang, they may start slow :(

We can hope that they learned from Four Thirds, and won't repeat the same mistakes, but instead boldy go :)