It wasn’t really news per say that Olympus was going to release a new camera this summer. Not newsworthy at all. In fact, I wouldn’t even be writing this paper if Olympus has released any other camera. They could have released a 1080p camcorder for $400 and I wouldn’t have been excited. They could have released a 16mp ultra compact and I’d say, bleh. They even could have gone as far as to release a 28mp full frame DSLR for $1200 and I’d continue to proudly shoot with my Nikon D700.
So what did they do?
A little over a week and a half after I order my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, they have the gall to not only release a competing camera, but to do so in the nearly non-existent digital range finder form factor and with a motherfucking pancake lens.
(I have a bizarre love of pancake lenses…)
That is to say, it’s got a much larger sensor and it’s got interchangeable lenses.
And to make things worse? My favorite camera site asks the question
So is this the camera we’ve been waiting for? After years of hectoring all the manufacturers to give us what we had in the days of film (a small camera that takes pictures as well as an SLR) is the E-P1 a camera we’d actually reach into our own pockets for?
Followed by a picture of the Olympus next to the camera I just ordered! Salt in the wound.
Finally, the last straw in this whole debacle? Olympus and Panasonic are the two companies that (re)started this whole 4/3 camera style, the Olympus PEN E-P1 is a “micro” four-thirds camera. Chances are, Panasonic is working, and possibly soon will release, it’s own micro four-thirds camera.
So what do I do?
- Cancel my order for the LX3 and wait for Panasonic to come out with competition for the Olympus
- Get the LX3 and be happy, I still have two Nikon DSLRs that would best either of these cameras
- Cancel my order for the LX3 and get the Olympus PEN E-P1
Honestly, I’m probably going to go with option number two. Panasonic has said that they will not replace the LX3 until some time in 2010, probably around July. So I could potentially have 13 months of e-joy (the period of time before what I buy has become obsolete).
Still… kinda mad about the whole deal haha. And… really, it’s that damn pancake lens that got me started. I have wanted a 35mm equivalent pancake lens for a long time now and here it is, not on a Nikon.