Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Olympus Officially Announces OM-D E-M1 and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 'Pro' zoom

Finally! After few months of rumors and a year of hope, Olympus officially announces OM-D E-M1. The true flagship for the company micro four third. Why I said a year of hope? Because rather than calling it the follow-up to the E-M5, Olympus says that the E-M1 is actually the 'successor' to the E-5, a Four Thirds DSLR introduced back in 2010. Yes the new has on-chip phase detection, which promises to focus legacy Four Thirds lenses (using the optional MMF-3 adapter) at much faster speeds than previous Olympus m4/3 cameras. I personally tested it with my Olympus 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 II from Robin Wong and indeed, it focuses quick! It is comparable with DSLR speed even it isnot as fast as native micro four third lens.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Key Specification :

  • 16.3 megapixels
  • Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) CMOS Sensor
  • TruePIC VII imaging processor
  • ISO 100-25600 in 1/3EV or 1EV increments
  • '5-axis' IS
  • 81 Number of focus points
  • 3″ Tilting 1,037,000 dot LCD
  • Electronic Viewfinder with 2,360,000 resolution
  • 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in wireless
  • Dust, splash, freeze resistant
  • BLN-1 lithium-ion
  • 130 x 94 x 63 mm
  • 497 grams
  • $1399.99 Body only

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 will be available in October 2013 and available in Black

Olympus also unveiled a high-end standard zoom to match the E-M1, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO. It offers a 24-80mm equivalent range, is dust-, splash- and freeze-proof, and uses a manual focus clutch design similar to the 12mm F2 and 17mm F1.8 primes.

Olympus has also announced the development of a matching M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO telezoom, which is scheduled to be released by the end of 2014.