JIP will assume Olympus manufacturing, R&D and new product development

JIP will assume Olympus manufacturing, R&D and new product development
(Image credit: Olympus / JIP)

In a joint statement, Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) and Olympus made some key announcements on the future of the Olympus Imaging business, including the continued development of new products. However, the future of the Olympus brand name on these products was not addressed. 

Of key interest to existing Olympus users (as well as Panasonic, Blackmagic and other Micro Four Thirds systems), it was confirmed that JIP will honor the existing lens roadmap. This is obviously a huge deal, as Olympus makes many of the best Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.