NIKON TO OFFER 50 NEW “Z” LENSES BY 2025

Nikkor lenses are some of the best and have a huge variety of lenses

We are going to see a huge new surge in lenses within the next few years. All because so many of the brands of cameras changed their lens mount. Why? Because they changed from a DSLR camera, which uses lenses that are about the same size as the older 35mm film cameras, to the smaller mirrorless cameras which made it so the lenses mount, and the lenses went smaller. And that means what was good with one type of lens mount, they will now need to do the same thing to the smaller lens mounts, such as the new NIKON Z camera series.

NIKON Z LENSES NOW

As of this writing, Nikon makes about 27 lenses already for their Z camera series. So, that means they will release about 23 more lenses in the next few years. It is amazing how many lenses need to be created to accomplish all the different types of photography there is (Hmmm, that might be a good blog subject).

7 New lenses are about to be released soon:

With that being said, it is obvious that they have some already announced or rumored to be releases soon:

  • A 12-28mm DX zoom
  • A 200-600mm super-telephoto zoom
  • A 24mm DX lens
  • A 26mm lens
  • An 85mm S-line lens
  • A 400mm S-line lens
  • A 600mm S-line lens

Of course, that leaves many future lenses unaccounted for, though I’d certainly wager that we’ll get a 70-200mm f/4 lens, designed as a low-cost 70-200mm f/2.8 alternative. Look for a 500mm f/4 S-line lens, designed for bird and wildlife photographers, and several wider primes (including, perhaps, a 14mm f/2.8 and/or a 35mm f/1.4).

Once Nikon has covered all its more “conventional” bases, keep an eye out for the specialty lenses: fisheye lenses and zoom lenses, additional macro prime lenses, and tilt shift lenses. In the meantime, Nikon mirrorless shooters can still gain access to basic and specialty models via the FTZ adapters.

HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO THEIR COMPETITORS: CANON AND SONY?

CANON; Canon currently has 25 lenses in their RF series of lenses. The RF lenses are the lenses Canon makes for their smaller mirrorless cameras. And they are planning on releasing about 30 more in the next 5 years. That should complete their lineup.

SONY: Well, Sony has had a head start on their lens lineup for about the last 7 years. So they already have about 70 lenses for their mirrorless cameras. Sony hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, either, so for now – and for the foreseeable future – Sony will continue to lead the pack.

Sony is already ahead of the game with close to 70 lenses in their lineup.

HOW TO PICK AND CHOOSE A LENS:

I was looking through my arsenal of information I have available, but the best one is in my professional course, that describes how lenses can be used, what millimeter lenses are the best, etc. Go to my professional course titled “BASIC PHOTO COURSE”, and it is here at this link. Click here.

NOW WHAT WILL YOU DO TO

If you are serious about photography, you will want to get some extra lenses for your tools. It is amazing how your photography can be enhanced with a variety of lenses. You can choose a lens for the following reasons:

  • A wide angle lens for taking breathtaking landscapes
  • A macro lens for taking pictures close-up
  • A telephoto lens to get photos of wildlife
  • A fast lens to be able to shoot in low light
  • A fisheye lens to get almost a 180 degree view
  • A lens to take the perfect portrait
  • And so many other types of subjects.

Coming next blog: learn why there are so many different lenses, what makes a lens cost more than others, what are the different uses of lenses? Complete instruction on lenses and their uses.

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There’s a new “Big 3” in mirrorless cameras!

In Japan, OM Digital has leapfrogged Nikon and Fuji to join Sony and Canon as the “big three” in mirrorless cameras.

Now, I have owned Olympus before, and so I am not upset to see this, but, to overpass the 2 big ones: Nikon and Fuji, comes as a shock to me. I am also very fond of all these camera brands. I may have mentioned in a previous blog, that I have owned every major brand of SLR camera on the market while I was working in a Photo Store. And Olympus was one of my favorites, for sure.

As reported in Digital camera World:

The latest year-end report from Japan has revealed that OM Digital Solutions – new owner of the Olympus brand – has joined Sony and Canon as the “big three” in mirrorless cameras. 

Sony increased its first place share, with 32% of the market (up from 27.44% last year), while Canon likewise grew its second place position to 28.2% (from 23.78%). And making its debut, with the third-biggest share of the mirrorless camera market, was OM Digital Solutions with 12.7%.

There is, of course, more to this story than meets the eye. OM Digital purchase the struggling imaging division from Olympus, which last year held almost double the market share at 23.37%. So in that sense, OM Digital has seen an enormous drop.

However, the fact that the new ownership has maintained a lead over giants like Fujifilm and Nikon – despite a year that saw the turmoil of ownership transferral, negative speculation from the trade and press, and minimal product launches – is nonetheless a remarkable achievement. The question is, will the downward trend continue this year, or will the upcoming new OM System camera mark the dawn of a new era?

Canon is still (mostly) king

The rest of the report, from BCN Retail – which monitors point of sale data from some 40% of Japanese retailers, including the specialist camera chains – paints a mostly unsurprising picture with Canon at the top of the tree. 

When it comes to DSLRs, Canon firmly rules the roost with 59.8% market share (up from 51.91%), Nikon coming in second with 33.9% (down from 44.78%) and Ricoh (manufacturer of Pentax cameras) a very distant third, but with an increased 5.8% (up from 3% last year).

Canon also holds serve in the fixed lens camera category at 34.01% (down from 39.08%), followed by Sony at 23.1% (down from 19.65%) and Fujifilm at 11.6% (down from 11.41%).

Canon also sold more lenses than any other manufacturer, though its share dropped  slightly to 34.01% (from 39.08%), with Sony increasing its slice of the pie to 23.1% (up from 19.65%) and Fujifilm also making a minor gain at 11.6% (from 11.41%).

When it comes to video cameras, though, Canon is nowhere to be seen. The sector is ruled by the iron fist of Panasonic, which grew its already huge share from the previous year (32.17%) to an enormous 43.6%, eating into Sony’s second-place space of 26.3% (down from 37.27%), while DJI claimed its first ever noted share of 11.2%.

Special thanks to Digital Camera World for providing us with this information. I find it very useful and valuable to get this kind of information from a reliable source.

It will be interesting to see how the top cameras in the market react to different types of marketing in the next year or two. All of these manufactures are desperate to capture a big market in the photo world, and we intend to stay on top of it.

I do find it reassuring that whatever brand you pick for your camera is going to be something valuable to you. And I hope many more wonderful years of photo work.

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CANON CAMERAS: Their history, and camera information:

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Of all the camera manufactures in the world today, Canon stands as probably the biggest right now. What makes them so big, and why are they so popular? In today’s blog, my goal is to get you informed about Canon Cameras. Let’s start with their history as we know it:

Canon Inc. (キヤノンキャノン株式会社, Kyanon kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese multinational corporation headquartered in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan, specializing in optical, imaging, and industrial products, such as lenses, cameras, medical equipment, scanners, printers, and semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

The company was originally named Seikikōgaku kenkyūsho (Jpn. 精機光学研究所, Precision Optical Industry Co. Ltd.). In 1934 it produced the Kwanon, a prototype for Japan’s first-ever 35 mm camera with a focal-plane-based shutter.[5] In 1947 the company name was changed to Canon Camera Co., Inc.,[5] shortened to Canon Inc. in 1969. The name Canon comes from Buddhist bodhisattvaKannon (観音, “Guanyin“), previously transliterated as Kuanyin, Kwannon, or Kwanon in English.

Morio (talk | contribs) From this first Camera of Canon, it has certainly come a long way.

During its early years the company did not have any facilities to produce its own optical glass, and its first cameras incorporated Nikkor lenses from Nippon Kogaku K.K. (the later Nikon Corporation).[7]

Between 1933 and 1936 ‘The Kwanon’, a copy of the Leica design, Japan’s first 35 mm focal-plane-shutter camera, was developed in prototype form.[8] In 1940 Canon developed Japan’s first indirect X-ray camera. Canon introduced a field zoom lens for television broadcasting in 1958 and in 1959 introduced the Reflex Zoom 8, the world’s first movie camera with a zoom lens, and the Canonflex.

In 1961 Canon introduced the Rangefinder camera, Canon 7, and 50mm 1:0.95 lens in a special bayonet mount. In 1964 Canon introduced the ‘Canola 130’, the first Japanese made 10-key calculator, a substantial improvement on the design of the British Bell Punch company, which introduced the first fully electronic calculator two years earlier with the Sumlock Anita Mark 8 unit. In 1965 Canon introduced the Canon Pellix, a single lens reflex (SLR) camera with a semi-transparent stationary mirror which enabled the taking of pictures through the mirror.

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English: Canon AE-1 camera with FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C. II lens (with 1976 Olympics front cap).
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1970 to 2009

In 1971, Canon introduced the Canon F-1, a high-end SLR camera, and the FD lens range. In 1976, Canon launched the Canon AE-1, the world’s first camera with an embedded micro-computer.[9]

Canon introduced their Inkjet printer using bubble-jet technology in 1985, one year after Hewlett-Packard. In 1987, Canon introduced their Canon Electro-Optical System (EOS), named after the goddess of the dawn, along with the Canon EOS 650 autofocus SLR camera. Also in 1987, the Canon Foundation was established. In 1988, Canon introduced ‘Kyosei philosophy’.[10] The EOS 1 Flagship Professional SLR line was launched in 1989.[11] In the same year the EOS RT, the world’s first AF SLR with a fixed, semi-transparent pellicle mirror, was unveiled.

In 1992, Canon launched the Canon EOS 5, the first-ever camera with eye-controlled AF, and the PowerShot 600, its first digital camera.[12] In 1995, Canon introduced the first commercially available SLR lens with internal image stabilization, Canon EF 75-300mm lens f/4-5.6 IS USM. The Canon EOS-RS was the world’s fastest AF SLR camera with a continuous shooting speed of 10 frame/s at the time. Based on the EOS-1N, the EOS-1N RS had a fixed, semi-transparent pellicle mirror with a hard coat. In 1996, Canon introduced a pocket-sized digital camera with the Advanced Photo System, named ELPH in America and IXUS in Europe. Canon entered the digital video camcorder market in 1997.

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How does Canon compare in quality to others:

I would love to get a hold of every camera brand and do my own test, but, I am not on a big radar yet. So, I am going to rely on other people who have tested the cameras. And here is how they rank:

  1. Fujifilm X-T4
  2. Canon EOS R6
  3. Nikon Z6 II
  4. Fujifilm X-S10
  5. Sony A7 III
  6. Nikon Z7 II
  7. Nikon Z50
  8. Fujifilm X100V
  9. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV
  10. Sony A6100

The rankings above are from a company called Tech Radar news. Here is a link if you want to read why they put these cameras in this order : https://www.techradar.com/news/best-camera

Or, you can click on each camera above, (in red) and it will take you to that link and tell you all about that camera.

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So how does Canon compare to the list? They have one model in the lineup that is a great, great camera, coming in 2nd place. This ranking is based on quality of camera to features, to price.

Now, that doesn’t mean that the list of “best selling” cameras is the same. From https://www.statista.com/statistics/1004962/global-leading-manufacturers-digital-cameras-market-share-sales-volume/ The number one selling camera in the world, is quite different than the list above. Here is what they have to say (Statista.com):

Canon dominated the global digital cameras market in 2020 and held close to half of it in 2020, at over 45 percent. Sony and Nikon followed in the ranking, with 20 and 19 percent of the market respectively. Fujifilm holdings and Panasonic had just under five percent each.

Canon

The Japanese multinational corporation is specialized in optical, imaging, and industrial products, and its history dates back to the late thirties when its predecessor Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory was founded. Canon’s sales fluctuated over the years and they peaked in 2007, reaching nearly 4.5 trillion Japanese Yen. As of 2019, Canon’s sales amounted to roughly 3.6 trillion Japanese Yen.

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Canon, now being a major optical manufacture of fine lenses in the world, has come up with quite the line-up. From what I know, Canon makes all of their own lenses. There are other companies that do some outsourcing though. But Canon makes their own. As of this writing, Canon makes over 80 different lenses. Why so many? When you are a lens manufacture, you can create lenses for specific purposes. If you were to look at the list of lenses they make, you would wonder why they made certain lenses. That is what makes Canon so fun to own. If you can afford their specialty lenses, you could take the most unique photos anywhere. Go to the Canon Website to see the list of lenses they make: https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/lenses-flashes/all-lenses

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THE RACE IS ON BETWEEN CANON AND SONY !

The race is on, but the ending doesn’t happen until 2022. The great scientists of the world join in an amazing race. When digital cameras came out, the megapixel rating was not that good at first. Hovering around the 4 to 6 megapixel. And it has continued to increase. When we got to 16 Megapixel, it seemed like we had reached where the quality of the digital image was as good as film. I remember seeing a big 30 X 40 foot enlargement made from a camera that had a 16MP sensor in it, and was shocked how good it was.

I wonder now, who is going to win this race of mastering first the 100MP sensor. If I am not mistaken, I think Canon had a rumor come out that said they thought they would have a 100 MP sensor in their camera by 2022. And then just last week, Sony announced that they will have a camera, the A7 RV

And here is the latest headline from DIGITAL CAMERA:

Sony A7R V to have 102MP sensor? Sony and Canon in 100MP arms race (report)
The Sony A7R V may have a 102MP sensor when it launches in 2022, after reports that the Canon EOS R5S will be 100MP.

I know that this will excite a lot of people to get an image sensor that sharp. But, as exciting as this is, it will come with a big price tag. The Sony camera now for example, with their latest improvement on image sensor is priced like this:

Go ahead and click on the picture above to see all that this camera has for $3748.00. It is no doubt an amazing camera.

Not sure yet, but, I am guessing the new camera with a 100MP sensor in it will cost around $5000, or more. Yes, we will pay for this new sensor.

Ricoh finally introduces the new Pentax flagship camera, with a maximum iso range from 100 to 1,600,000.

1.6 million ISO! Here's a guided tour of the upcoming Pentax K-3 Mark III

UPDATE (19 Mar 2021): Ricoh Imaging has given users a guided tour of the Pentax K-3 Mark III, its long-gestating APS-C flagship camera. 

Despite confirming in February that the body has been delayed, Ricoh is keeping the Pentax K-3 Mark III flame alive with this 20-minute deep dive into the new camera’s capabilities – including its top sensitivity of 1.6 million ISO.

Ricoh product planner Shigeru Wakashiro gives a top-to-bottom overview of the Mark III, taking in everything from the new image sensor to the improved optical viewfinder. If you ever wanted reassurance that the DSLR isn’t dead despite the mirrorless revolution, Wakashiro might make a believer out of you. 

Check out the full video below – and don’t forget to hit the subtitles / closed caption (unless you understand Japanese!)

This is an amazing camera from Pentax. Click on the video to get all the information.
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MORE NEW CAMERA INFORMATION FROM CANON AND SIGMA

Sigma fp L
NEW CAMERA FROM SIGMA: THE MODEL: fpL. Photo taken by Usman Dawood

The Sigma Lens company introduces their new camera. Why would Sigma, who makes incredibly good lenses, all of a sudden decide to get into the camera business as well?

The President of Sigma Corporation, Mr. Yamaki tells us why:

Yamaki gave three reasons. First, he says being a camera manufacturer gives them insights into how images are made from start to finish. This knowledge of the whole process feeds back and makes them a better lens manufacturer. Second, making the whole system is a passion of Sigma’s engineers.

This new model is actually their second camera ever made. And this new camera looks identical to their previous model. But, now has some major differences in it, and certainly something worth thinking about. First, the MP of new cameras keeps improving. This new model camera now brags out at 61MP!! The main benefit of the 61 MP sensor is that this camera has the potential to produce incredible image quality. This is especially the case when you couple it with one of the high-end L-mount lenses such as the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4. The downside to these types of lenses is that the camera will become very front heavy due and potentially uncomfortable to handle. Fortunately, Sigma has also produced a number of compact prime lenses such as the Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN. Because of this, the Sigma fp L offers a great deal of flexibility between image quality and portability.

The full-frame sensor in the Sigma fp L produces 61MP files. This is remarkable because the only other camera on the market with that kind of resolution is the Sony A7R IV. To have that kind of quality in such a tiny camera is incredible. Not to mention the fact that this is an L-mount, interchangeable lens camera, which grants a great deal of flexibility when it comes to lens choice. 

Images from the Sigma fp L are highly detailed and offer lots of flexibility. Color profiles in the camera such as the new Power Blue filter help to produce interesting and creative results. These profiles are only baked into the JPEGs meaning you still have full control over your raw files.

NOW: New rumor (which is pretty reliable) from Canon:

Canon EOS R5S 100MP

Don’t shoot the messenger! Canon is set to unleash a 100MP Canon EOS R5S next year, breaking the megapixel record for a full-frame mirrorless camera, according to the latest rumors.

Even though Canon has rumored that they will come out with a 100MP camera, you know there are giants out there already working on ways to beat that. The only thing about this high Megapixel camera is that it also raises prices on cameras. It’s like buying a 1 Terabyte memory card. Really that little card is $500 !!!!

So, when will this ever end? I don’t think it will. But, me as a consumer are getting nervous that the new cameras of tomorrow will be priced about $4000 to $8000 soon. And here is the real deal. Have you ever seen a 40X60 photo from a camera that just has 20MP? It is phenomenal. So, will the printers of tomorrow be able to reproduce images that were taken with these new high resolution cameras. That is yet to be seen.

This latest report from Canon Rumors, however, suggests that Canon is going all out to hit the same 100MP threshold as the all-powerful Fujifilm GFX 100 and Fujifilm GFX 100S. Not to mention giving it a head-and-shoulders advantage over Sony’s rival hi-res body, the 61MP Sony A7R IV

Conclusion by editor:

There comes a time when camera manufactures have got to quit competing against each other. Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea that sensors of today are now sharper than film. But, it’s coming at a cost that soon may hurt the camera manufactures because very few people will be able to afford these Might Megapixel Cameras. Would I love to shoot with these cameras? Oh yeah! Any serious photographer would love these cameras. Hmmm, I wonder if someone would give me one for a while to try one.

2 NEW FEATURES ON CAMERAS AND LENSES SHOCK THE PHOTOGRAPHIC WORLD!!

RIP focus ring – this Canon lens replaces it with a touch panel

Focus rings on camera lenses could be a thing of the past, as Canon has designed a new lens that eschews it in favor of a touch-sensitive control panel.

However, it feels that using such a touch panel for focusing is just the tip of the iceberg; a lens with its own touch input could theoretically be used for anything from controlling autofocus points to navigating menus.

In specific, though, this new lens design seems to relate strictly to controlling focus, and to replacing the traditional manual focus ring that has been a staple of lens design for decades. 

Where a focus ring is usually turned clockwise or counterclockwise with your thumb and forefinger to rack focus, Canon’s design proposes to achieve the same function with a small circular touch panel – and this will likewise recognize clockwise or counterclockwise movement by simply moving your left thumb, without having to move your entire hand. 

In addition to direction of movement, this panel will also recognize speed of movement as well as single taps of constant drags, enabling all manner of functionality and command input. 

It’s a fascinating idea, and one that could certainly have potential. In a world where autofocus is now so good that micro-adjustments with a manual focus ring are becoming rarer and rarer (with the exception of fields like macro and landscape), most people never even touch the focus ring. 

In which case, having a simple and ergonomically well-positioned touch panel for occasional use would seem to make a lot of sense. Of course, as we all know from using touchscreens in cold or even humid conditions, they aren’t foolproof – and you simply can’t beat the granularity of a physical ring for precision control. 

Still, it’s a thought-provoking concept – even if, like so many of Canon’s patents, it only exists as food for thought and never makes it to market.

1.6 million ISO! Here's a guided tour of the upcoming Pentax K-3 Mark III

The Pentax K-3 Mark III has finally been announced by Ricoh, after a year of teasing. The new camera will possess a staggering top sensitivity of ISO1,600,000

The new camera will feature a brand new image sensor – along with a new imaging engine and accelerator unit – with a resolution of 25.73MP, a slight increase from the usual 24MP resolution that’s familiar to Pentax’ APS-C line.

In addition to the headline ISO100 to 1.6 million performance, the Pentax K-3 Mark III specs also include the improved Shake Reduction II (SRII) seen in cameras like the full-frame Pentax K-1 Mark II, the five-axis system that’s CIPA-rated for five stops of movement correction.

It features a top shooting speed of 12fps and can record 4K video up to 30p and FullHD video up to 60p, supported by an external microphone port and dual SD card slots (only one of which is UHS-II). It also possesses a phase detect autofocus system, with 101 AF points (25 of which are cross-type), capable of focusing down to -4EV.

As the manufacturer has been keen to stress, the pentaprism is the heart and soul of its cameras – and the viewfinder here offers a huge 1.05x magnification, a notable increase from the 0.95x magnification seen in the preceding K-3 Mark II. 

As previously confirmed, the rear LCD will not feature tilting, articulation or even Pentax’ signature ‘scissor-action’ – instead it will be a fixed 3.2 type screen, and possibly not a touch affair, with 1.62 million dots. It also has the much loved Night Vision red screen for low light shooting.

Both 2.4 GHz WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 are supported, and the camera’s official dimensions are 134.5 x 103.5 x 73.5mm (excluding protrusions) with a body only weight of 735g (820g including battery and SD card.

All the above information is courtesy of Digital Camera World

Opinion from the editor:

It seems like there has been so much publicity coming from Canon Sony and Nikon, the world may have forgotten a couple of other serious players in the world. And the first one I would like to mention is the Pentax Camera K3III, just announced. There is some delay still happening in it’s official release, as no date has been set yet, but, Pentax is a company that is part of Ricoh Imaging, and they have some money behind them. And they want the world to know that the DSLR is not dead. They are not planning on releasing anytime soon, the Compact Digital Cameras with interchangeable lenses. And why not? Because now, photographers are complaining that the new C-Digital SLR’s are too small, hard to control the knobs and dials and buttons. There may be some day, when everyone wishes the standard DSLR will reign as king again. And Pentax is banking on it. There new flagship camera is not as huge as people were expecting, so it is attracting the serious photographer. And it has changed the world with it’s new ISO capability of 1,600,000 ! Really, I think these new cameras will actually gather light rather than just “shoot in low light”. This is an amazing stat. Canon and Nikon do not have anything close to that.

So the battle goes on with the camera manufactures, to see who can come up with the most unique camera on the market. As soon as one comes out in the front of the lineups between brands, then the next manufacture will come out with something better. It is certainly hard for the photographer to keep up with the technology changes happening with the cameras available.

Can’t forget about Olympus:

Olympus cameras just sold the company to a new company that wants to make their camera worth considering as well. What can we expect from them? They are going to be a major player in this camera war as well.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 MarkV

One of the most versatile professional cameras ever made

Think Olympus can’t compete on the professional stage? Think again. There are many dedicated cameras that can do individual things better than the E-M1 Mark III; however, there are none that can do everything it can do. If you’re a general practice professional who shoots a lot of different genres, it’s an amazingly good choice. Industry leading 7.5-stop image stabilization, 60fps burst shooting, 80MP high-resolution imaging, handheld astrophotography, 4K video with great phase detect autofocus that doesn’t overheat… and all in a package that’s smaller, lighter, and cheaper than other DSLRs or mirrorless systems. Pro tip: this camera is a beast.

The high end Olympus camera boasts of features that other cameras do not:

  • 60 FPS continuous auto shooting
  • 7.0 EV Stops of Stabilization performance. This is the best of all brands of cameras. This has shown that you can hand hold their 600mm lens and the image stabilization will allow you to shoot without the worry of blurry photos.
  • 80 MP high resolution sensor for the sharpest yet.

So, l don’t think we need to feel that Olympus is out of the market yet either. This will be fun to see what happens in the next few years, as the battle of the camera manufactures goes at it.