By 2010, the mirrorless camera had become a model on the rise, with Sony, Olympus and Panasonic each pushing their new compact interchangeable-lens systems on the world. But the very first mirrorless camera came years before, made by a company known mostly for printers.
Say what you will about Leica’s ultra-niche marketing, stratospheric prices and romantic insistence on keeping 50-year-old product designs—their cameras have always been beautiful, and felt like tanks. In this respect, the M9 and X1 don’t disappoint.
The Olympus E-P1 Micro Four Thirds rangefinder-style camera (and Gizmodo lust object) has revealed itself in an official, full-frontal shot. The styling is a bit more retro-sexy than expected, thankfully, and an official (Japanese) announcement is due tomorrow. [43Rumors, Akihabara]