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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    So it now appears that Olympus have, indirectly, confirmed that the sensor is made by Sony. I certainly feel vindicated!
    Posted 10th July 2012 at 10:20 AM by Ian Ian is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    The debate about whether or not Panasonic makes the E-M5 sensor, is, rather predictably, raging on elsewhere. Maybe I can add more resolution to what I said in my blog post - who would be in the best position to be a 100% reliable source to say to me that it's not a Panasonic sensor? I'll just leave it at that.
    Posted 15th March 2012 at 04:20 PM by Ian Ian is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    This from Aptina VP imaging Gennadiy Agranov:
    Second, there is the Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC) segment that is positioned between the compact digital still camera (DSC) and DSLR camera segments. MILC cameras are poised to grow in popularity due to their fast, high-performance image capture in a reasonable sized and priced camera. Aptina has products currently shipping into this segment, and new products planned for 2012 that will foster innovation in these segments and help to actually fuel segment growth.
    Posted 13th March 2012 at 02:55 PM by jeffa4444 jeffa4444 is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    In a strip down the Nikon V1 & J1 sensor is a Aptina (Image Sensor World) made to Nikon spec. and Aptina make a 16MP sensor. Both Sony and Canon make 16.1MP sensors neither of which are 4/3rds (APS-C & APS-H). Sony,Samsung, Aptina, Omnivision, Micro, Teledyne-Dalsa etc. make sensors for 3rd parties and other specialist companies design sensors (CMOSIS, Panavision Digital Imaging, Fairchild) but my bet would be on Aptina.
    Posted 12th March 2012 at 07:16 PM by jeffa4444 jeffa4444 is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    Ian, thanks for all your hard work answering our questions on the new E-M5.
    Guessing what sensor they use is very interesting for a lot of people. Samsung supplied Pentax for a while but only with 'mixed' success. Their own cameras such as the NX10 and NX11 were pretty good performers but lagged behind the rivals slightly in picture quality even though it was an APS-C size.
    If I had the choice of picking a sensor for Olympus, it would be Fuji as I am extremely impressed with the colour rendition and the technology they have employed to get the best out of a small sensor. Just a pipe dream.

    Pete
    Posted 23rd February 2012 at 08:35 AM by whatapicture whatapicture is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    Setting up a chip fab is a hundreds of millions of dollars investment. There are relatively few in the world, too. Olympus isn't making their own sensors.
    Posted 23rd February 2012 at 07:51 AM by Ian Ian is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    First of all, it is good news that this sensor produces nice high ISO images & a relief that it isn't just another offering from Panasonic which is not considered the best for sensitivty, but in disclosing the manufacturer, what if it was Samsung? That might turn some people off knowing that, even if the results are good, so from that point it is better to keep that quiet if that is the source & in time it may be revealed, giving the manufacturer the glory with the results from Olympus (if that is how it pans out).
    Posted 23rd February 2012 at 01:39 AM by Ross Ross is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    Maybe Olympus is making it themselves now? This seems to be what they keep hinting at, but nobody believes it.
    Posted 23rd February 2012 at 12:08 AM by Ned Ned is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    Perhaps companies are reluctant to name a manufacturer for the same reasons we are so interested in finding out who they are. Its easy to "assume" how something will work based on what others have done with it in the past, so if its a Toshiba sensor we immediately check out Fuji cameras with similar and make a judgement based on that which may not be correct. I imagine camera makers spec out these components with specific goals in mind and the delivered product is somewhat unique to the brand and its main focus, and that is what the manufacturer would like us to concentrate on.

    Of course, a Leopard can't change his spots and the core functionality will be similar. My money is on Toshiba as the manufacturer... sneak over and see what Fuji has
    Posted 22nd February 2012 at 10:12 PM by West Arm Rider West Arm Rider is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    Hal -
    If a company makes components (e.g. sensors) for multiple manufacturers in a given market, they may require non-disclosure on the part of those manufacturers. The evidence is ambiguous on whether or not this ends up helping the component manufacturer or not. I don't think that this would involve any issue re investing or buying the camera division as the lead time in designing in manufacturing the sensor would be much longer than the recent time frame of the company scandal (which originated in a completely different part of Olympus).
    Posted 22nd February 2012 at 07:23 PM by mhobart mhobart is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    The new sensor is great news to me, as I've been waiting a long time for a significant improvement. I feel even better now about my decision to pre-order an E-M5. It doesn't matter much to me who makes the new sensor; the performance is what's important. I didn't even have anything against Panasonic as a supplier; my issue was that the sensors used by Olympus for the last 3 years have been slight modifications of an old design. I agree (and applaud) how this change should give Panasonic more incentive to improve their sensor design and technology, as Ian mentions.

    I do wonder about the secrecy, though--why are Olympus so reluctant to name the sensor manufacturer? Could it have something to do with a partnership related to the financial struggles? Is it a future investor or buyer of the camera division? Or is it just a marketing hook, to generate more excitement through the rumor mill?

    - Hal -
    Posted 22nd February 2012 at 06:59 PM by hschnee hschnee is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    I too think it's good news. It shows that Olympus are still free-thinking and not blinkered into using what they have become comfortable with.
    Posted 22nd February 2012 at 06:18 PM by StephenL StephenL is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    That is quite extraordinary news and very welcome. As you say, Ian, it doesn't really matter who the manufacturer is, the main thing is that Olympus are evidently able and willing to, source the best available sensors for their cameras.
    Posted 22nd February 2012 at 05:56 PM by John Perriment John Perriment is offline
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    So the Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor isn't a Panasonic, but does it really matter?

    Nice to know I was justified in a statement I made not so long ago.

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    Originally Posted by Paul View Post

    I also believe the Panasonic sensor is not as good as their currant rivals sensors, I really believe if there were a Sony 4/3 's sensor with Nikons know how, all the nit picking about noise and image quality would go away.
    Posted 22nd February 2012 at 05:18 PM by Paul Paul is offline
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    Daily FTU hints and tips: Take care with Auto Gradation mode

    Many thanks for the tip - I started following it and have noticed a significant improvement in Aperture created images from Raw files. I have much less work to do - thanks
    Posted 6th October 2009 at 03:26 AM by DerekW DerekW is offline
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    Daily FTU hints and tips: Olympus Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) explained

    Next tip on Monday? But it's only Friday.....you're not taking the weekend off, are you, Ian?

    Another informative piece, have a good weekend, you deserve it!
    Posted 2nd October 2009 at 08:35 PM by John Perriment John Perriment is offline
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    Daily FTU hints and tips: Selective live view AF tips for E-System camera users.

    The E-3 doesn't have Imager AF at all, so this tip doesn't apply, unfortunately.
    Posted 2nd October 2009 at 11:07 AM by Ian Ian is offline
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    Daily FTU hints and tips: Selective live view AF tips for E-System camera users.

    That's strange John as I tried it on my E3 and it worked a treat!

    Perhaps the earlier E3's didn't have the capability.
    Posted 2nd October 2009 at 10:28 AM by Sights Sights is offline
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    Daily FTU hints and tips: Selective live view AF tips for E-System camera users.

    I'll bet not many people knew that, Ian!

    And you're right about it only working with the newer models. I tried it with the E3 and it doesn't work! (As expected)
    Posted 1st October 2009 at 11:21 PM by John Perriment John Perriment is offline
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    Daily FTU hints and tips: Why Four Thirds?

    I'd agree about the 6x4" photo print sizes being common - I was more thinking about paintings and photos where the most appropriate size is used rather than trying to make it fit the paper. I'm sure if you went round any art gallery, you would not find that many 3:2 - more of the slightly off square (5:4 or 4:3 or similar).

    I concur with you on the printing problem - lots of wasted paper!

    Andy
    Posted 1st October 2009 at 11:20 PM by AndyElliott AndyElliott is offline

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