February 8, 2012

Olympus OM-D EM-5 Announced

Olympus Go Retro with the OM-D EM-5

Olympus OM-D EM-5 Announced

Olympus today revealed their new DSLR, the "retro-styled" Olympus OM-D EM-5!

I personally love the look of this camera and the specs look pretty cool too. It reminds me of the early OM-series from the 1970's and 1980's such as the Olympus OM-1. My first foray into the world of photography was with my fathers OM-1 therefore this appeals to people like me.

Buyers will have the choice of either the all black body as above or the silver version. I would probably go for the black body if I were to buy one.

Highlights include:

  1. 1
    Electronic Viewfinder with 1.44 megapixel resolution (advanced aspherical optics, 18mm eyepoint and 100% field of view)
  2. 2
    World’s fastest autofocus speed using FAST-AF technology (with 35 AF zones and 3D AF tracking)
  3. 3
    World’s first 5-axis image stabilizer. (Maximum -5 EV stabilisation capability; live image-stabilized view; built-into camera body; stills and video)
  4. 4
    16 megapixel LiveMOS high-speed image sensor (ISO 25600 maximum sensitivity)
  5. 5
    TruePic VI advanced image processor
  6. 6
    Full HD video with Multi-motion image stabilisation (broadcast quality; stereo sound)
  7. 7
    3 inch tilting OLED touch-screen with 610,000 pixels
  8. 8
    9 frames per second sequential shooting rate
  9. 9
    Splash proof and Dustproof metal alloy chassis

All looks pretty good to me and it seems like Olympus are hot on the heals of its rivals. Most noteworthy is the 5-axis stabiliser.  It looks very promising and I hope it works as it says it does. Hopefully therefore, this will be a huge boon for the photo/video industry.

Great autofocus, good megapixel count, 9 frames per second, full HD video, what's not to like?

Furthermore, the superb tilting rear screen and high resolution EVF will appeal to the more video-oriented photographers. So in conclusion, will the Olympus OM-D EM-5 be a winner or will it fall short of its competitors?

Will the retro-style catch on in addition to its features or would the fans rather stick with the modern approach?

You can see the full run-down and press release here:

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