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| p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Olympus gets Sony sensor...Sony learns how to make lenses + IBIS from Olympus |
There's also Aptina. I'm sure more as well... at least that's my impression. What about Panasonic with the new sensor in the GH3? I haven't really looked into it carefully, so could be wrong. As with most things, it's usually the big players that get the limelight, but the deeper you dig, there are often many niche, highly capable options. As you suggest, one barrier to such options might be price. With a large manufacturer such as Sony, they definitely should be able to leverage their scale to offer attractive pricing, which benefits Olympus by allowing them to develop a reasonably priced product.
As for a $3K m43 camera, If it had 1D/D4 build quality (not to be confused with size), 3-4MP EVF, did 10-12 fps with 30+ RAW buffer, then I'd consider it. Heck, give me 3 seconds of 10-15MP 24-30fps frame grabs.
It would be interesting to know how much the CMOSIS chip costs Leica, i.e. whether it's considerably more expensive than other similar sensor options. The fact that Sony's two new 24MP FF cameras are less than half the price of the new M would suggest that might be the case. Or, perhaps Sony is content to work on less profit per unit with the expectation of much higher volume. How many A99s/RX1s will they sell vs. the M? Let alone that FF sensor design also being subsidized by the D600...