Now, steady yourself, this might come as a bit of a shock. Olympus have now officially killed the Four Thirds camera system. Ok, so perhaps it’s not really that much of a surprise. It’s more than six years since the last new Four Thirds camera, so we all knew it was probably coming. DPReview reports that the news comes as four-thirds.org releases its latest lens catalogue.
The system was initially developed by Olympus along with Kodak, as a new lens format for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras and introduced in 2003. The format saw no less than 15 cameras from Olympus, two from Panasonic, and the lone Digilux 3 from Leica. But in the end, it couldn’t compete against in the DSLR market. In the mirrorless scene, it had already been made obsolete with the introduction of Micro Four Thirds in 2008.