September 10th, 2013
May 10th, 2013
Last night, Olympus announced the new Micro Four Thirds 16-megapixel OM-D E-M1. The new camera is the successor to the OM-D E-M5 and takes the position as the company’s flagship camera. The E-M1, slightly larger and heavier than the E-M5 (but not as hefty as the E-5 DSLR), features a new Dual Fast AF system with 37-point contrast AF and 81 point on-chip Phase Detection AF. With the new system, the E-M1 will automatically detect the lens that promises faster AF performance than the E-M5 particularly when standard Four Thirds lenses.
Continuous shooting speed has been improved as well. The E-M1 can capture up to 10fps in single autofocus mode for a maximum of 41 Raw images. In continuous AF, the continuous capture is rated at up to 6.5fps for up to 50 Raw images. In addition to providing faster continuous shooting speeds, the new TruePic VII image process also promises improved high ISO performance and better reduction of color loss.
The E-M1 also features built-in wi-fi and is compatible with Olympus’ Image Share 2.0 free iOS and Android app. Communication between smartphone and camera is initiated by scanning a QR code on the camera’s LCD with a smartphone.
Olympus also announced the development of two new Micro Four Thirds lenses, forming a new Pro category for its optics: a 12-40mm, f/2.8 zoom Pro (24-80mm 35mm equivalent) and a 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro (80-300mm 35mm equivalent).
For more information on what’s new about these products, as well as pricing, check out the full story, now on PDNOnline.com.
Olympus today announced a very retro looking addition to its PEN lineup, the E-P5. While many of us thought the original Olympus PEN E-P1 styling harkened to the company’s half-frame PEN cameras, the E-P5 does it one better. An all metal casing contains a number of upgraded features:
- 16MP MOS Four Thirds sensor
- Dual top plate control dials with a “2×2″ function changing option
- 1/8000 sec top shutter speed (first in a mirrorless body) and 1/320 sec flash sync
- ’5-axis’ image stabilization with automatic panning detection
- ISO 100-25600
- Up to 9fps shooting (5.0 fps with continuous AF)
- Focus ‘peaking’ display for manual focus lenses
- Intervalometer and Time Lapse movie creation
- 1.04m dot 3″ LCD touchscreen display
- Built-in Wi-Fi for remote shooting and image transfer to smartphone or tablet
After a short hands-on experience with the camera, the dual control dials, focus peaking, 9fps, and remote shooting/wifi features jump out as being the most interesting. But there is no denying that Olympus has done a good job overall with the E-P5. Just on style alone, it should find its way into many a camera bag. But the added features and improved specs should give even the popular OM-D E-M5 a run for its money.
The Olympus PEN E-P5 will be available in May 2013 in the following configurations:
Body only, available in Black, Silver or White, $999.99
Black or Silver body with black M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f1.8 lens and VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder lens, $1449.99
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