Not ev­ery­one’s go­ing full frame

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AS OUR lead story men­tions, full frame isn’t the only game in town when it comes to mir­ror­less cam­eras. Fu­ji­film re­mains a very strong player, and the X-T3 (re­leased in Septem­ber) so im­pressed AP’s test­ing team that our fea­tures editor has al­ready gone out and bought one.

Pana­sonic, mean­while, has been buoyed by its in­volve­ment in the L-mount Al­liance with Le­ica and Sigma, and by the an­nounce­ment of the S1 and S1R full-frame mir­ror­less mod­els (ex­pected early next year), along with a raft of new lenses.

So where does all this leave Olym­pus, its part­ner in Mi­cro Four Thirds, and an­other ma­jor player in the mir­ror­less mar­ket? The com­pany only re­leased one new cam­era this year, the E- PL9 (above).

The of­fi­cial word is that the com­pany is still com­mit­ted to Mi­cro Four Thirds, and that its smaller, lighter mir­ror­less cam­era will con­tinue to ap­peal to users who don’t want the rel­a­tive bulk that comes with cam­eras with big sen­sors. High- qual­ity tele­photo lenses and im­proved im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion re­main key pri­or­i­ties and it cel­e­brates its cen­te­nary in 2019, so there are ru­mours of a new OM-D cam­era re­lease in spring. Pru­dent strate­gis­ing or a com­pany caught nap­ping? Only time will tell...

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