My favorite site, Micro Four Thirds rumors, has been rumbling about a "professional" Micro Four Thirds camera coming soon -- probably to be announced this June.
According to m43rumors it will come with a brand new sensor designed by Olympus. Reports are divided about whether or not it will come with a built-in electronic viewfinder.
I've been using Olympus' E-PL1 for almost two years now, and I've been immensely happy with it. I'm really not an SLR kind of guy, or even someone who would call himself a photographer, but this little camera has helped me to love photography because…
1. It's discrete. I can sit in the background and take photos without people noticing, which is how I prefer to take photos.
2. The image quality is very good, especially with the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens.
3. It takes lenses from a variety of systems.
Lately, I've been feeling the limitations of the Micro Four Thirds system. Less than stellar ISO performance in particular. Since I've been messing around in Aperture, I've discovered that there are limits to how much post processing an image can take until noise starts cropping up everywhere. (I can hear the SLR dudes gloating right now.)
A pro camera would and should address those complaints. If that new sensor is true, I'm excited to find out what that gizmo can do.
"Pro" lenses too!
They didn't forget about lenses either. A high quality wide angle lens would be very welcome, like the rumored Olympus 12mm f/2 SHG (that's Super High Grade to you). Sounds expensive.
There's also the Leica 25mm f/1.4. Yup, Leica branded. Sounds expensive too.
I hope these rumors are true! But my wallet is afraid!