The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that Olympus expects a net loss of ¥32 billion ($413 million) this year due mainly to asset write-downs* on the camera division. The medical division appears to be healthy and Olympus president Shuichi Takayama stated he expects that segment "to post a 22% rise in operating profit for the fourth quarter to the end of March."
With the announcement of the E-M5 μ4/3 camera, Olympus has finally given many of its followers what they had been asking for all along. In fact, many mirrorless fans had been asking for the same thing from any company. To wit:
- Compact body
- Integrated EVF
- Quality construction
- Weather sealing
- Fast AF
- Manual controls for both aperture and shutter speed
It's a short list of requirements, and one that many DSLR models have been fulfilling for years (except for the compactness), so why can't we get all this in a mirrorless camera? Nobody knows the answer!