Olympus Fans Rejoice !!! The OM-D is real. And it might be awesome.

It'll be here in April and it's just what everyone said they wanted in 
an Olympus mirrorless camera.  Really.

The Olympus faithful (myself included) have waiting a long time for this one to hit the market and it looks like we'll get the m4:3rds machine we wanted from Olympus afterall.  I loved the EP2 and the EP3 but in each introduction I shook my head at the lack of insight into professional and advanced amateur usage patterns on the part of Olympus.  I've been very, very clear that no pro in his/her right mind would buy a camera that didn't have an EVF.  And the VF-2 EVF attachment is a good tool.  But dammit, if you wanted to use the EVF on the EP2 and the EP3 you used up the hot shoe and the only two way terminal on the camera.  Wanna use the VF-2?  Then you can't use a hot shoe mounted flash.  Wanna use a outboard microphone to do good sound with your video?  Not is you need to use the VF-2.  It drove me nuts.  

We were also starting to chafe under the constraints of the 12 megapixel sensor.  And if I had a quarter for every time I heard the Olympus fans decry the lack of weather sealing on the Pens I'd be driving a Bentley.  

The ultimate wish list looked something like this:
1.  Built in, high quality, fast refresh EVF
2.  16 Megapixel Sensor (preferably one that could be used in various aspect ratios without cutting into the pixel count.  Like the one in the Panasonic GH2 (which is very, very good....).

(2/9 edit:  I asked, point blank if the sensor was usable in different aspect ratios without cropping.  The official Olympus source said, "yes."  However, no one is infallible and many, many on the web are of the opinion that my question was misunderstood or incorrectly answered.  If you're only criteria for buying or pre-ordering the camera is the sensor particulars you owe it to yourself to check this before buying.  I'll try to get further information from Olympus about this.  You've been cautioned!)

3.  Weatherproof and dust proof.
4.  Super fast AF.  Like, fastest in the world, fast.
5.  Fun to handle for small and large hands.
6.  Bigger battery capacity than the Pens.

So, the wraps are off as of 9:01 EST February 7, 2012 and now it's time to unwrap the little metaphorical jewelry box and see what we actually got.  Will there be crying and weeping and ritual tearing of clothes or will there be joy among the steadfast?
Weather proof.  Whether proof. 

I'd say raucous celebration is in order  because, by the look of the specifications, we got everything we asked for.  (Note:  I haven't handled the camera yet.  I did get a complete walk through from the tech folks at Olympus USA.  I will test a full production version in the near future.)

If you want the executive brief  it goes something like this.  Back in the 1970's Olympus introduced a line of very compact and very elegantly designed 35mm  cameras.  People were ready for a new size of camera that didn't weigh a ton and handle like a brick.  The OM-1 and OM-2 cameras were wildly successful.  And many of the lenses supplied for those cameras became legends because of their optical performance.  Now Olympus is doing the same with digital.  This is a direct backlash at all the bloated "professional" bodies and systems on the market.  A small but powerful game changer.  

When packaged with a new generation of high performance prime lenses it is a system that offers a good and creative alternative to a market crowded with "me too" APS-C DSLR camera variants.  The mirrorless systems are useful, easy to handle and fully capable of giving professional results.  The market is shifting.  

According to Olympus the EVF is the same spec as the VF2 and that's good news for me because I think the VF-2 is one of the best EVF's I've used.  And this one is built in.  Right there in the pentaprism hump, just like the photogods always intended.  And that leaves the hotshoe free for all the wonderful gadgets we've got stuffed into our bags.  That includes remote triggers for flashes, bigger flashes for PR events, the stereo microphone adapter (which allows me to use a Rode StereoMic right there in the hot shoe for video work.  Yippee!).  Finally, happily.  I'll be able to use this camera with my studio flash equipment and still have unfettered access to the eye level finder.

Camera with slave flash attached.

The folks at Olympus don't make it a habit to divulge the provenance of the sensors they use.  I guess it's supposed to be a trade secret.  So I asked a few probing questions.  As you can see from the specs the sensor is 16 megapixels.  I wanted to know if, similar to the Panasonic sensor in the GH2, you could use other aspect ratios such as 16:9 and 3:2 without losing resolution.  The answer I got was "yes."  All but the 1:1 aspect ratio.  If this is true (and I have no reason not to believe it) this will make me happy.  (See my "caveat emptor" above.)

I'd take a chrome version if they gave me one.  If I pay for it then it has to be black. YMMV.

The AF is supposed to be the fastest in the world. For now. While I wasn't blown away by the speed of the EP2 AF I found it to be workable and very accurate.  Indeed, the accuracy of the AF is a great selling point for all of the mirrorless cameras using CD-AF (contrast detection autofocus).  The EP3 was a huge step forward and works well for me in all but the darkest and lowest contrast situations.  In normal light it's right there with its Canon and Nikon peers.  If the OM-D is even faster then they've done some wild engineering.    Along with fast AF there's something we haven't tasted yet in m4:3rds and that's fast frame rates.  The OM-D will do 9 fps at full res.  The only catch is that you lock focus with frame one.  There's no continuous AF with your blistering frame rate.  If you want C-AF you'll need to drop down to 4.1 fps and turn off IS.  With all the stuff implemented you'll still get a respectable 3 fps.  All of this is based on using their MSC lenses.

With the 12-50 you've got a 24-100 equivalent and the who set up is spit proof.

My cameras have always had weatherproof capabilities, including all my Pens.  It costs a dollar.  It's called Ziploc(tm) Plastic Bags.  When it's wet outside you put the bag over your camera.  It's impervious to moisture....  But for everyone who needs the real thing this camera is the real deal.  They sent along an image showing all of the gasket points in red but I'd rather look at the exterior body stuff.   So, the OM-D is dustproof and splashproof and generally weatherproof.  But as with the pro cameras from every manufacturer, all the camera body weatherproofing in the world isn't going to help completely unless the lens and lens mounts are also weatherproof.  The newly announced 12-50m zoom fits the bill and there are several other lenses that are coming soon that will boast full weatherproofing.  The one many people with no doubt lust after will be the 60mm 2.8 macro.  A quick note:  According to my Olympus source that lens will also have a control on the barrel that will control the rendering of out of focus areas as well as full macro capability.  Sounds like an all purpose portrait lens to me.

I know most of you aren't really interested in video but I am so I'm just going to take a moment and talk a few specs for the other video ready people out there.  From all indications this will be a great little movie camera.  The sensor is just the right size and the throughput is there.  The specs indicate full HD (1920 by 1080) at 60 fps.  You also have the choice of .MOV and .AVI.  Whatever your editing set up one of those choices should work for you.  The camera will go for 29 minutes if you have enough memory stuffed in.  Why else do I think the camera is ready for good video?  Well, you've got the EVF for full sun.  You've got a movable, ample LCD panel on the back with lots of real estate and you've got the ability to connect external microphones.  With the m4:3 lens mount and zillions of great manual focus and specialty lenses to choose from you should be able to get pretty much exactly what you need.

Add a battery grip and you'll also have long run times.

Ah......yes....there's a battery grip.  You'll be able to cram two batteries into the mix for twice as much service time between recharges and yes, the batteries for the OM-D are different from the Pen batteries.  They are bigger than the BLS-x batteries but not as big as the BLM-x batteries used in the bigger E series 4:3 cameras.  The grip also gives people with bigger hands a lot more real estate to hold on to.  And it duplicates some function controls from the body.  But it does make the camera bigger.  Not sure where I stand on accessory grips but we'll just have to play with one and see.

The movable screen on the back makes the camera thicker than an EP3.  Take off the screen (don't!!!!) and it's just about the same size.

It's hard to tell from the images  here because there's no scale for comparison but I've seen images of the camera next to the E-5 and the E-620 and it's much, much smaller than either of those cameras.  It looks to be about 1/3 the cubic volume of an E-5.  

Thank you for the built in EVF.  This makes it a "real" camera.
The offset to the right leaves room for an auto eye sensor.  Bring the camera up to your eye and it automatically switches to from LCD to EVF.

No Flash in the guts.

 Olympus giveth and Olympus taketh away.  There is NO built in flash.  That will make some people happy and some people sad.  But it's pretty hard to get everything else you wantrd in a small and lightweight camera without compromising a feature or two.  I'm guessing the camera will ship with the little pixie flash you see in the hot shoe above.  I have one like this that arrived in the studio bundled with the little Pen EPM and it works as well as any built in ever did and gives you the option to bounce it off the ceiling.

While you're crying in your beer over the lack of yet another weak built-in flash let's switch gears and look at two other things that sparked me right up.  One is a brand new implementation of image stabilization.  In the first systems to hit the market the gyros and computer chips would detect motion in two directions:  Up and down, and side to side.  The latest implementation from Olympus detects and remediates motion and shake from five axis.  That even includes rotational tremor.  Coupling this with much faster processing basically means that it should be the market leader for IS for the moment at least. And BIG PLUS !!!!! Now you can see the effect of the image stabilization in the finder or on the LCD while you are shooting.  That was the one remaining advantage of in-lens image stabilization.  It was nice to be able to see the effect you were getting.  Now you get that and you maintain the ability to bring IS to every lens you put on the front of the camera.  AF or not.  Got a Nikon lens from 1962?  If you can get it on the right adapter you've just turned it into an image stabilized "optic."

The screen.  OLED, of course.

 So, where are we?  We've got a small, stylish camera.  Built like an alloy brick.  With a full 16 megapixel sensor (just like we demanded).  Maybe the sensor will even do the "no-cost-cropping-to-your-favorite- aspect-ratio" trick.  If you really love the camera and you've mounted a weatherproof lens to it you can take it into the shower with you.  Or out in the rain.  It's built on a metal alloy body shell.  The hi-res EVF is built in.  The ports are available for all of our toys.  What else could there be?

Well.  There's a new 3D file format and a couple of new art filters.  And there are some actually cool filters for video production.  But really, isn't this every single thing we asked for in a new camera?  I'd say it is. But the proof will be in the shooting.  The camera is very scarce right now but it's slated to ship in April.  I pushed hard to get a test copy before the intro but I got the polite, parental, "we'll see what we can do."  If the camera just does what the spec sheet says I think most of us will be pretty happy.

Got remote control if you want it...

 A note or two about the new flash.  It works with a small Olympus remote if you want to use it off the camera.  It will also be controllable by the built in flash in the EP3.  If you are into run and gun movie making the flash also has a built in, LED video light. Only powerful enough to focus with and brighten a nearby subject's eyes.  The OM-D syncs at a respectable 1/250th of a second and with a small controller flash or unit will control all the previous "R" series Olympus flashes. I personally will continue my practice of sticking a Flash Waves radio trigger in the shoe and using whatever flash I want, in manual mode.  Or a convenient LED panel.

For the vampires among us let's sink out teeth into a few specs.  The technical guys at Olympus were very excited about the low light capabilities of the camera sensor and file output.  We didn't go into detail in our fact finding interview but the camera is capable of being set to ISO's of up to 25,000.  I'm an ISO cynic and I'm going to say that I'll be happy if 3200 is pretty clean.  Time will tell.  But I think more and more of us are becoming aware of the role of computer processing in the production of "clean" files and the OM-D is using a new iteration of processors.  They'd have to be to get the frames per second rates they've achieved in still mode and the frame rates in HD video that they're touting.  I have high hopes that the high ISO performance is great.  Not because I'll really make much use of it but I know any perceived shortcomings in ISO will be a source of endless and emotional discussion across the web.

I like Olympus bodies but lenses are what they are really all about.

Olympus did some really right stuff in 2011.  And I think they're getting ready to build on their success.  The launch of the 12mm and the 45mm lenses was invigorating; both for the company and for their "installed customer base." (Us.)  Now, in concert with lenses from Panasonic, we're on the cusp of having a full system of pro caliber optics.  The rumors you've heard about the 75 mm 1.8 and the 60 Macro are true.  They'll be along, if all goes according to plan, some time in the fourth quarter of this year.  And by all measures these lenses should be stunning.  I own a Pen 70mm f2 lens from the late 1960's or early 1970's and I can tell you that it's really good.  Just imagine what fifty years of research and development can buy us.  Add a few more well thought out primes and some longer lenses and you're in the sweet spot of a system that can do just about anything.  And that includes shooting professionally. With this camera the system has come of age.  I've got my fingers crossed that it's as good in the hand as it is on paper.  Amazing how far m4:3 has come in such a short amount of time. 

Now.  On another subject that's somewhat related:  What's going on with the original "e" series of 4:3 cameras and lenses?  I asked that question directly.  The answer I got is that they are not throwing in the towel. They have, "product under development."  There you go, Frank.

The new lens mount adapter will bring weatherproof performance to the 4:3 lenses.  And, with new firmward updates I would expect the AF performance to get better and better.

The grip is a mixed blessing.  You'll get more to hold on to.  More to grip when shooting verticals.  More battery power.  But the camera gets bigger and starts to look.....bigger.

At this point I think Olympus can take a deep breath, accept a few pats on the back,  and then get to work rolling out these improvements all down the line.  I can hardly wait for an EPL-5 with the same sensor and the same IS.  Hello Canon and Nikon !  Are you guys paying attention?


Kirk Tuck, Photographer/Writer said...

Body Only = $999.
Body and 12-50mm = $1299.
Available in Silver or Black.

Wally Brooks said...

At $1299 this looks really interesting. Possibly same performance as my D7000 with the same price and smaller footprint.

Dave said...

Being someone who loved their current GH2 (and having sold or given away my Nikon stuff) I like the idea of the OM sharing the same sensor. Frankly the $3,000 D800 doesn't excite me much and I can easily see this camera being partnered up with my GH2. I'll be very, very curious about the Oly video specs.

Marty4650 said...

Holy cow! Stunning little camera. If I didn't own so many 4/3 lenses, I might order one right now. But I will probably wait for an E7 if there ever is one, or an OM-D with fast AF for 4/3 lenses. Heck, I just might buy one anyway. Love at first sight!

Kyle Batson said...

With the advent of mirrorless cameras and fantastic EVFs, I no longer have any interest in DSLRs. These mirrorless cameras have such an advantage in size and weight, and are at a point now where they can rival DSLRs in performance in all but the most demanding of situations.

This looks like a fantastic camera for Olympus, and I hope it really takes off for them. I'm very excited for the day when I get my hands on one.

Frank Grygier said...

Yahoo! Make mine silver! With the improved IS and ISO we can up the caffeine levels and shoot after dark. And the Kung fu grips! And an E-7 in the future. How will I ever sleep tonight and where did I put that credit card! Can you tell I'm excited.

rrr_hhh said...

Mmm... I wish the new sensor is a multi aspect one, but I fear that the Olympus folk mislead you. Pekka Potka who had access to one pre-production sample didn't report that !

Colsteel said...

Wow, this looks on the money. As one of the few people that owned and loved the E-410, and was genuinely perplexed that Olympus couldn't see the value in developing that style/size of camera, this is much more what I would expect of the company.

Like you Kirk I am lucky enough to have some nice old Zuiko's that might come to life with this stabilisation system. This camera looks like it could help get Olympus back into the game as a bigger player. What a great time to be a camera junkie :)

I feel a little sorry for Sony who looked to have a decent camera in the NEX 7 but couldn't get in onto the shelfs, this will chew it up in my opinion, and its almost too late with the new Fuji's on the way too.

Kirk, was there any mention of focus peaking or manual focusing?


Colin (ps, hope you end up with a silver one :)

Steve Miller said...

Hey Kirk,

Remember last week when you told me that my E-P3 would last me quite a while? I'm sure you're right, as it's a great camera. But with the improved AF, fps, IBIS, tilting screen (really like that one), built-in EVF, improved high ISO perf (we assume), manual video controls, and potential multi-aspect ratio sensor, this E-M5 looks amazing. Just pre-ordered it - in black, of course. I told you that reading your blog was dangerous for my wallet.

Here's hoping its as good in real life as it is on paper.

Steve Miller

Matt P said...

I'm going to be choosing between a X-Pro 1 and a OM-D sometime in the next few months, I suspect. I definitely want to get my hands on both before I decide - I was excited about the Fuji (I like my X100 a lot, but miss 24mm and 50mm equivalents), but the m4/3 12mm and 25mm options are awfully enticing.

Michael Ferron said...

Just what the world needs. Another handsome, desirable digital camera. :0

John Krumm said...

Looks pretty neat. I'd be surprised if it has the GH2's extra-pixel aspect ratios, since the EM-5 sensor is not quite as large as the GH2 sensor according to the specs. Strange thing is, it seems to have more unused pixels compared to the G3, so who knows. Maybe that's for IS, maybe for ratios.

Phil Service said...

I'm not going the M4/3 route, but I really hope this camera is as good as its specs. Olympus could use all the love it can get. The crucial factor will be AF performance. Frankly, I hope Nikon is watching. As much as I like the V1 for its small size, EVF, AF performance, still image frame rate, and IQ (with decent light), I would really like to see Nikon put that technology into a DX format, F-mount, mirror-less body with DSLR-like controls: in fact, something like the OM-D

AlexG said...

Damn I rather fancy one of these, it makes me consider it as an upgrade for my EP1. I loved the idea of 4/3 cameras but not so much the cameras, found the EP1 a beautiful little camera that my wife surprised me with. Its the 4/3 ratio I love just fits my vision more than any other, mostly use 645 roll film cameras. Alas I do not shoot enough digital now to warrant it nor with a baby on the way have the money to lay down. Still looks good though.

Craig Yuill said...

Reading this information is both exciting and frustrating. The first camera I ever purchased was an Olympus OM-1, which I used for 15 years until it got stolen (along with all of my lenses). I loved the OM system, and I'd love to have one of these OM-D E-M1s. But I've now got a fair amount of Nikon gear that produces terrific photos. I cannot economically justify purchase of another camera at this time. Perhaps in a couple of years. I look forward to seeing what Olympus will do with this system.

Charles "Rain" Black said...

I think Olympus has demonstrated a great understanding of what makes for a classic, even iconic camera with the EM5. Nothing revolutionary: rather a refinement of those elements which were already good, utilizing feedback from people who know cameras are about more than raw MP counts and hi ISO noise. Yet they threw those in too! LOL

This is a "photographer's camera", not one intended to win spec sheet wars or satisfy pixel peepers.

Poagao said...

One thing I couldn't stand on the Pens was that, if I was shooting RAW files, the 4:3 image was still shown on the screen, only with a little white line where the crop would go. With the Panasonics, at least the ratio you looked at would be the one you chose. Is there any indication that this has changed?

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David H. said...

OK. Try again:

Olympus got me into photography with a rangefinder, then a little OM-1 as I was entering high school. It was my favorite camera for decades, though I still like their rangefinders. Ultimately, I cheated on Oly and ran off with Nikon.

This is an interesting little camera, though that fact that it somewhat looks like an OM-1 is the least interesting aspect. I don't really need retro-design, just good design. The specs sound good. The size/weight is reasonable. The weather sealing sounds really nice for regular rain and the rare snow we get in Tokyo. (It's something I have wanted for years. I use the old plastic bag trick, but ain't very confident in it.)

The EVF? Well, I love the VF-2 on my E-P3, but one of the reasons I love it is that I can change the angle---it tilts---and I have become completely addicted to it. I even excuse its lag for that advantage. I don't think I can ever take a photo without one again. Now Olympus has built in the EVF and has eliminated the tilt. Yes, the rear LCD tilts, but from the photos it seems to tilt the wrong way. No waist-level viewing there!

I knew I could find something to complain about. Now I can remain satisfied with my recent purchase of the E-P3 and not think: "If only I had waited a few more months.."

DonTom said...

Well, you can retract your complaint David, because you can still use your VF2 on this cam! Can't wait to try that trick!

Ezequiel Mesquita said...

Allelujah! It seems Olympus has paid heed to most or all customer wishes. We'll keep fingers crossed...

caerphoto said...

@David H: this video by DP Review shows that the screen tilts up and down, so it looks like using it at waist-level will work just fine :-)

David H. said...

@andy: Drat!

Michael Gowin said...

Props to Olympus for building something that's market-driven rather than spec-driven.

I'm on the fence about whether this is a camera for me. I use a Nikon D700 as my main "work" system and an Oly PEN E-P3 with the EVF as my "fun" camera. The PEN is great because of its small size--I can grab it and go. Since the OM-D looks a bit bigger, I'm not sure I'd use it as a carry around camera like the E-P3 but I'm not sure how I'd see it as a complement or replacement to my D700 kit.

Either way, though, the new camera looks great. It will be interesting to see how it lands.

GNapp Studios said...

You missed one of the main features Kirk.

Like the OM-2, the OM-D has a feature for long night exposures. When you click the shutter open, the "live view" will update every half second, when the picture looks properly exposed (maybe you can even bring up the histogram for this), you take you finger off the shutter and you have a properly exposed night shot....no guessing.

That is a BIG selling point for night shooters as it was with me for the OM-2.

Anonymous said...

I was toying with the idea of selling my Pentax K7 and all lenses, and going m43 with the GX1. But I always thought back on the weathersealing and hotshoe issue, and convinced myself that it was not the time yet.

Now this. Damn you Olympus, I might end up buying it even before selling the K7. Damn you.

Anonymous said...

Camerasize has the E-M5 already, so you can compare it to whatever they have in their database:


stefano60 said...

it sure looks like a fantastic camera, well done indeed Olympus!

if it wasn't for the fact that i am forcing myself to stop buying all the new cameras that come out - at a disturbingly fast pace nowadays - i would be clicking on that pre-order button now.

this is a great evolution to the already excellent PEN series; some of the best pictures i took last year were from my E-P2 (gone now). i can only assume this one will be even better.

to all the ones who will buy one - including Mr. Kirk, of course, enjoy it!

Frank Grygier said...

Pre-Ordered! Changed to black body.

Sample JPEG images look real good up to 12800 ISO!

Brad C said...

This looks to be a great little camera from Olympus, but it is remarkable how many features this "adds" to MFT that were basically available on the GH2. Obviously sensor based IS and weather sealing are big additions, but everything else could pretty much be had in the GH2 two years ago... Still, Olympus has done a nice job of creating a best of breed body that likely improves on just about every aspect of the GH2.

Kirk Tuck, Photographer/Writer said...

Brad, while I too like the GH2 I respectfully disagree. The addition of weather sealing is great but the real news is the five axis IS which I believe will be very high performance (and will be usable with all the Pan/Leica lenses). I also think the build quality is substantially better. And don't discount the color and tonality of the files, especially jpegs, which, even if they are just as good as the EP3 will be head and shoulders above the Jpegs from my own GH2.

It also looks a heck of a lot cooler as well.

afildes said...

Attended the launch in Sydney yesterday. It's all good (so was lunch). Things that caught the eye - the dual purpose grip and battery pack; fast AF in low light; the positioning of the control wheels. The quality level felt more E-PL than my solid little E-P2 but was good. The price? _ spent more than that on the E-P2 when it first came out and with a 'lesser' lens. What is important here is that Olympus are launching a system, not a camera. That's whey they mocked up the lens and accessory range to match. They are very definitely and overtly trying to recapture the triumph of 1971, with the OM-1. There were a couple of OM-1's there to make the point - some attendees had never seen a viewfinder like that.

mikael said...

This camera seems to be absolutely incredible. Instead of having engineers in white coats and marketing people developing the camera, they obviously let people with a passion for photography design it.

Seems the Olympus people said to themselves:
"-The hell with market studies and strategies, let's build the best camera we can and let us do it like there is no tomorrow..."

The only negative thing I can think of at the moment is the unnecessarily big "false prism".
When you stow the camera away, the place it will take is more or less defined by the biggest dimension in each direction.
They should have skipped le clin d'œil with the old cameras...

But again, if that is the only negative point I can come up with, then Olympus have done a pretty good job.

David Farquhar said...

Earlier this year I seriously started to look at replacing my 400D with a 60D. But something made me hang on (maybe reading Kirk's wonderful blog). Along comes Olympus with this and all I can say is wow. Reading through the post I was thinking this sounds great but it will be way out of my price range. But actually its not, and I'm seriously thinking with a camera like this (if the images are as good as the other specs) could I sell my Canon kit to get this. Only concern is would I miss my 17-55 2.8? But maybe not, especially if I bought the 20mm 1.7 and the Olympus 45mm as well. The kit zoom would be good most of the time, with the smaller primes when low DOF is wanted as well

Polymer Micro Optics said...



Andrew Niemann said...

gnapp studios - that sensor update is possibly big deal for me too. I do a lot of light painting, and that feature may be worth the camera price right there!

Nick Clark said...

Kirk, in case your article gets people prematurely excited, the E-M5 DOES NOT have variable, full-res aspect ratios.

The 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 dimensions are (respectively):

4608x3456, 4608x3072 and 4608x2592

For many this won't matter, but for some (me) it does...

Miserere said...


You should change the text in your article concerning the sensor being the same as that in the GH2.

I don't know who you spoke to, but if you trust your own eyes and look at the specs for the images produced by the E-M5 you'll see that the multiaspect sensor from the GH2 IS NOT being used.

DPReview and a few other sites that have had the camera in their hands have posted the available image sizes, which show that this is most likely the same sensor as in the Panasonic G3.

On top of this, Panasonic have said on some occasions that they would never share their multiaspect sensor, which makes sense as it gives them an advantage over Olympus, who at the end of the day is a rival company.

You have an influential blog, and with that comes responsibility, so please don't be the source of false rumours—revise your article.



Kirk Tuck, Photographer/Writer said...

Miserere, I hardly think my blog is that influential but I have added a big, bold caveat right next to the passage about the sensor. I'm leaving the original content intact because it came directly from Olympus. If I hear back from them that they were in error I will immediately change that point.

Thanks for calling me, "influential."

Marty4650 said...

Olympus has done something really smart here.

Having IBIS makes Olympus M4/3 the obvious choice for people who use legacy lenses. Especially the longer ones. Sony NEX, Samsung NX and even Panasonic M4/3 don't have this feature.

Not content to be "the only MILC camera with IBIS" Olympus goes a step further by introducing an improved 5-axis IBIS!

Bravo, Olympus!

Dennis said...

E-M5 is indeed awesome. The EVF is definitely better than VF-2. It look more natural and color is balanced. AF is fast, very fast. Shutter click is soft. You should hear it at 9 fps. I bet you will like it. Image quality is good in my opinion. Shadow area has improved. I'm looking forward to handle v1.0!

Anonymous said...

A poster above mentioned the IBIS making this body attractive to legacy lens users, but where is the peak focusing? Can't believe the Oly engineeres didn't think about all the OM glass out there. It means NEX7 is still a condender for me; it wouldn't have been with peaking in the OM-D.

David said...

I love the demo of its water resistant capabilities - don't think I would try this at home.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhO9YDI8cHk

Jay Nathanson said...

I enjoy your insightful and well-written posts. Thanks for all the effort you put into them. I've been waiting for an great, non-point-and-shoot, everyday alternative for my clunky DSLR for some time time now and they all seem to be arriving at once. However, only the OM-D and the NEX-7 are within my price range. Any thoughts as to which camera may be the better bet?

Kirk Tuck, Photographer/Writer said...

I haven't tried the Nex 7 so I can't offer you guidance there. I like my Olympus cameras and the fact that I can also choose lenses and bodies from Panasonic.

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