Probably the most anticipated camera release since the lower cost full framed options from Canon and Nikon, the Olympus OM-D EM-5 is set to get an upgrade. Olympus has just announced their new flagship model the E-M1.
Update: Ming Thein Part 2 review is up.
Update: I’ve just been sent the OM-D E-M1 official website.
We all new what the E-M1 would look like, its common practice for companies to leak photos and even video in this case. I mean what else would us bloggers talk about if we didn’t have these leaks.
The final spec list is as follows:
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Camera Format||Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)|
|Pixels||Actual: 16.8 Megapixel Effective: 16.3 Megapixel|
|Max Resolution||15.9MP: 4608 x 3456 @ 4:3|
|Other Resolutions||4.9MP: 2560 x 1920 @ 4:3 1.3MP: 1280 x 980 @ 4:3 0.3MP: 640 x 480 @ 4:3|
|Sensor Type / Size||MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm|
|File Formats||Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW Movies: AVI, MJPEG, MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo), WAV|
|Dust Reduction System||Yes|
|Memory Card Type||SD SDHC SDXC|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor-Shift, 5-Way|
|Video Recording||Yes, NTSC/PAL|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080: 30 fps 1280 x 720: 30 fps 640 x 480: 30 fps|
|Aspect Ratio||4:3, 16:9|
|Video Clip Length||Up to 29 Min|
|Audio Recording||Built-in Mic: With Still Images & Video, Stereo, Optional External Mic: With Still Images & Video,|
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focus Mode||Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)|
|Autofocus Points||Contrast Detection: 81 Phase Detection: 37|
|Viewfinder Pixel Count||2,360,000|
|Viewfinder Eye Point||21.00 mm|
|Viewfinder Magnification||Approx. 1.48x|
|Diopter Adjustment||– 4 to +2 m|
|Display Screen||3″ Wide Touchscreen Tilting LCD (1,037,000)|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 100-25600|
|Shutter||Type: Electronic & Mechanical Speed: 60 – 1/8000 sec Type: Electronic & Mechanical Speed: 30 – 1 min in Bulb Mode|
|Remote Control||RM-UC1 (Optional)|
|Metering Method||Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering|
|Exposure Modes||Modes: Aperture Priority, Art Filter, Bulb, Manual, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Time, Underwater, iAUTO Metering Range: EV -2.0 – EV 20.0 Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in .3, .5 or 1 EV steps)|
|White Balance Modes||Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Sunlight, Underwater|
Up to 10 fps Up to 6.5 fps
|Flash Modes||Modes: Auto Fill-in Manual Off Red-eye Reduction Second-curtain Sync Slow Sync Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction TTL Auto Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in .3, .5 or 1 EV steps)|
|Max Sync Speed||1 / 320 sec|
|Flash Compensation||-3 EV to +3 EV (in .3, .5 or 1 EV steps)|
|Dedicated Flash System||TTL Groups: 4 Channels: 4|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe, PC Terminal, Proprietary, Wireless|
|In-Camera Image Editing||Aspect, Black and White, Cropping, Gradation Auto, Image Overlay, Monochrome, Postrecording, RAW Development, Red-eye Correction, Resize Image, Saturation, Sepia, Shadow Adjustment, Trim, e-Portrait|
|Continuous Shooting||Up to 10 fps|
|Self Timer||12 sec, 2 sec Custom: 1-30 sec at 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 sec intervals Number of Shots: 1-10|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0 HDMI D (Micro) (out) 1/8″ Microphone (in)|
|Battery||1x BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.6VDC, 1220mAh|
|Operating/Storage Temperature||Operating 14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C) Humidity: 30 – 90%|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5.1 x 3.7 x 2.5″ / 130.4 x 93.5 x 63.1 mm CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions|
|Weight||1.09 lb / 497 g CIPA guideline compliant, with battery and memory card|
Sporting a 16.3MP Four Thirds sensor, TruePic VII processor, ISO ranging up to 25,600, contrast and phase auto focus, 6.5fps or 10fps, 5 axis stabilization, 1/8000 min shutter speed, 1/320th sync sped, VF4 viewfinder, wifi and weather sealed. Looks like the OM-D E-M1 is a true contender.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera is a compact, ergonomically design camera featuring a 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p video with notable low-light quality and high-speed performance. The combination of these two technologies enables a high sensitivity range from ISO 100-25600 and also contributes to a top 1/8000 sec. shutter speed and continuous shooting up to 10 fps. The sensor also lends itself to an enhanced FAST autofocus system that utilizes dual contrast- and on-chip phase-detection focusing methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus with selectable focus areas for even greater precision. Read more on the B&H product page
The ergonomics of the E-M5 was probably one of its weakest points, and it seems the team at Olympus have set out with this in mind when they designed the E-M1. Everything seems to be set out better and the new grip will make it a delight to hold.
The E-M1 was released with the brand new “PRO” line of lenses from Olympus. Kicking things off with the 12-40 2.8. What puzzles me is why would Olympus put an automatic mode on this higher end camera? The release of the E-M1 and the “PRO” line of lenses wouldn’t have been a happy accident, they are obviously trying to associate the E-M1 body as the pro body to own. They probably could have succeeded if they ditched the auto modes.
Links to reviews
So we haven’t got our hands on one just yet (Olympus hit us up) but a couple of people have managed to get an early preview.
- Ming Thein – The 2013 Olympus OM-D E-M1 review, part one: the camera | Part 2
- The Phoblographer – Frist Impressions: Olympus OMD EM1
- Robin Wong: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review: Introduction and High ISO Shooting
If you come across more reviews as the days go by send them in and I’ll update the list.
Available now for Pre Order at B&H
Go on preorder it, you know this is the camera you’ve been waiting for. Click here. Your also helping to support RAW.