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Olympus sees Micro Four Thirds cams in summer

updated 01:35 pm EST, Wed March 4, 2009

Olympus dates new digicam

Olympus' first digital camera based on Micro Four Thirds technology, originally spotted at Photokina in September, has made another appearance that now includes a likely release date. The company now expects the DSLR, which resembles a vintage rangefinder, to ship sometime during the summer. Olympus is still keeping mum about pricing for its unnamed Micro Four Thirds camera, however. Specs, including megapixel count, are also not yet disclosed.

The Micro Four Thirds system was designed to allows for swapping lenses, like in full-blown DSLR cameras, but doing so on a smaller and simpler scale suited to compact cameras. Micro Four Thirds cameras don't use a traditional DSLR mirror and are thus thinner and smaller, but they still have large sensors.

The technology was developed in conjunction with Panasonic, which is already selling its Lumix G1 camera based on the technology, and has announced an HD video-capable GH1 at PMA on Tuesday. [via CNET]





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