The Science of Expression. MICRO FOUR THIRDS 10th ANNIVERSARY

Ten years ago, on August 5th, 2008, a brand new standard for cameras and lenses made its debut on the world stage. Micro Four Thirds, as the new standard was called, was the culmination of a rigorous scientific examination of photography and the form that it should take in the 21st century.

Looking ahead to the future of digital technology, Micro Four Thirds' developers took into consideration the interplay between a wide range of factors, including intercommunication between the camera and lens, seamless compatibility between still images and movies, and high image quality.
All of this was modulated by our conviction that as many people as possible should be able to enjoy and benefit from this technology.
And that meant that as well as embodying the latest technological advances and most sophisticated photographic concepts, this new standard should also offer improved portability through reductions in size and weight, thus making it easier for more people than ever to enjoy the incredible joy and excitement that comes from the creative expression made possible by photography.

By eliminating the mirror box used in traditional interchangeable lens cameras, the Micro Four Thirds development team made it possible to create remarkably slim and compact cameras and lenses that provide users with all the power and performance of a full-size SLR.
One of the results of the Micro Four Thirds' launch was a social phenomenon called “wearing a camera”, the impact of which is still being felt today.

Each and every aspect of performance and functionality has been formulated and refined to unleash the creative power of each individual, to enable them to shoot photos that capture the feelings they wish to express, and to evoke those same feelings in anyone who views those images.
Our commitment to creative passion has made the Micro Four Thirds standard what it is today and will continue to push it forward in the decades to come.


2008

Beijing Olympic Games
iPhone 3G released

Micro Four Thirds standard established

Models released in this year
Panasonic LUMIX D VARIO 45-200mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. Panasonic LUMIX D VARIO 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

2009

President Obama inaugurated
Michael Jackson deceased

Models released in this year
OLYMPUS PEN E-P2 Panasonic LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm F2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm F1.7 ASPH. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm F2.8 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OLYMPUS PEN E-P1 Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm F4.0-5.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Panasonic LUMIX D VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

2010

Burj Khalifa opened
FIFA World Cup South Africa

Cosina joined Micro Four Thirds standard

Models released in this year
OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 COSINA NOKTON 25mm F0.95 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 panasonic LUMIX G 12.5mm F12 panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. panasonic LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 ASPH. panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 panasonic LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm F3.5 panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 Panasonic AG-AF100/105 OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1 Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S.

2011

Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia
Tohoku Earthquake in Japan

Carl Zeiss, Schneider Kreuznach and KOMAMURA Corporation
joined Micro Four Thirds standard

Models released in this year
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. OLYMPUS PEN E-PM1 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R OLYMPUS PEN E-PL3 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm F2.0 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 IIR OLYMPUS PEN E-P3 Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm F1.4 ASPH. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2

2012

President Putin inaugurated
London Olympic Games

Sigma launched Micro Four Thirds lenses
Tamron, Kenko Tokina and ASTRODESIGN joined Micro Four Thirds standard

Models released in this year
Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm F1.8 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 POWER O.I.S. OLYMPUS PEN E-PM2 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro OLYMPUS PEN E-PL5 Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.8 Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Tokina Reflex 300mm F6.3 MF Macro COSINA NOKTON 17.5mm F0.95 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 SIGMA SIGMA 19mm F2.8 EX DN SIGMA SIGMA 30mm F2.8 EX DN OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ

2013

Papal conclave in Vatican

Blackmagic Design, JK Imaging, Kenko Professional Imaging, PHOTRON, SVS-VISTEK and ViewPLUS joined Micro Four Thirds standard

Models released in this year
OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 COSINA NOKTON 42.5mm F0.95 Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH. Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera OLYMPUS PEN E-PL6 OLYMPUS PEN E-P5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. SIGMA SIGMA 60mm F2.8 DN Art Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 SIGMA SIGMA 30mm F2.8 DN Art SIGMA SIGMA 19mm F2.8 DN Art OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm  F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. MEGA O.I.S.

2014

FIFA World Cup Brazil
USA-Cuba diplomatic relations
normalized

Kowa Optical Products, Tomytec and JVCKENWOOD
joined Micro Four Thirds standard

Models released in this year
OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Panasonic LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 II ASPH. Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 Kowa KOWA PROMINAR 8.5mm F2.8 Tamron 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III Model C001 Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm F1.7 ASPH. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 COSINA NOKTON 25mm F0.95 Type II OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm F1.8 OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 Panasonic LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S.

2015

Apple Watch released
Simultaneous terrorist attacks
in Paris

DJI, JCD Optical and FLOVEL joined Micro Four Thirds standard

Models released in this year
Panasonic LUMIX G 25mm F1.7 ASPH. OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 MarkII Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 COSINA NOKTON 10.5mm F0.95 Panasonic LUMIX G 42.5mm F1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Panasonic LUMIX G MACRO 30mm F2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MarkII Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 Kowa KOWA PROMINAR 25mm F1.8 Kowa KOWA PROMINAR 12mm F1.8

2016

Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
PlayStation VR released

Xiaoyi, Xacti, nac Image Technology, Autel, Meitu and
3db Hardware Technology joined Micro Four Thirds standard

Models released in this year
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 MarkII OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm F3.5 Macro OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm F1.2 PRO OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO OLYMPUS PEN E-PL8 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80/85 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm F1.4 ASPH. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80/85 Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. SIGMA SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO OLYMPUS PEN-F

2017

President Trump inaugurated

Entaniya, Agrowing and Qtechnology joined Micro Four Thirds standard

Models released in this year
SIGMA SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Panasonic LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm F2.8 POWER O.I.S. OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 45mm F1.2 PRO OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 17mm F1.2 PRO OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 MarkIII Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH. Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 II POWER O.I.S. Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 II MEGA O.I.S. Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm F4.0-5.6 II MEGA O.I.S. Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Panasonic Lumix DC-GX800/850

2017

To be Continued…

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