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Dennis Hissink : August 13th 2008 - 23:05 CET updated

Micro FourThirds System


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OlympusMicro FourThirds System : We have received more information about the Micro FourThirds System. The new standard extends the benefits of the Four Thirds System standard for interchangeable lens type digital camera systems by enabling dramatic reductions in size and weight. Though it may hard to understand or to imagine how small the Micro Four Thirds System concept camera can be. The images included in this article may clarify this. This new innovative standard is in my mind a very interesting development and may increase the interest in the DSLR market. At this moment none of the companies (Olympus and Panasonic) that are the drivers of the Micro FourThirds System have unveiled a new model. But Photokina 2008 is coming up …
Micro Four Thirds System - Compact design
The Micro Four Thirds System enables users to enjoy the high image quality benefits of the Four Thirds System's 4/3-type image sensor in a much more compact camera body, and also take advantage of significantly more compact lenses, particularly in the wide-angle and high-power zoom range. The Four Thirds System offers compact, lightweight performance, and the new Micro Four Thirds System will take this even further by making it possible to develop ultra-compact interchangeable lens type digital camera systems unlike anything seen before.

Micro FourThirds System

Four Thirds lens system
In addition, users will be able to mount their existing Four Thirds System lenses on Micro Four Thirds System bodies via an adapter. Moving forward, Olympus Imaging and Panasonic will jointly develop relevant technologies and devices for both Four Thirds System and Micro Four Thirds System standards, and will develop and introduce standards-compliant products in accordance with their respective business strategies.

Concept Micro Four Thirds System

Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system
While continuing to develop Four Thirds System interchangeable lens type digital camera system products, Olympus Imaging will also develop a range of Micro Four Thirds System lenses and accessories, and Micro Four Thirds System camera bodies that are even smaller and slimmer than the light, compact, and widely acclaimed Olympus E-410 and E420. While continuing to develop Four Thirds System interchangeable lens type digital camera system products, Panasonic will also develop a new generation of compact, lightweight, interchangeable lens type digital camera system products, including ultra-portable camera bodies, interchangeable lenses, and related system accessories.

Micro Four Thirds

About the Four Thirds System Standard
The Four Thirds System standard defines design and development standards for interchangeable lens type digital camera systems that fully realize the performance potential of digital technology. Four Thirds System cameras utilize a 4/3-type image sensor that delivers the high image quality expected of interchangeable lens type digital camera systems in a form factor that assures outstanding mobility. The Four Thirds System standard is an open standard that enables bodies and lenses produced by participating manufacturers to exchange information and be used interchangeably with one another.





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