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Olympus E-M1X, meet the truly last jedi
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  • How is your professional strategy evolving now that the E-M1X exists?

    The E-M1X has completely changed our position in the professional market. We see a lot of changes. The E-M1X is designed for wildlife, birding and sports. After we announced the 150-400mm we had a lot of enquiries and questions from those people, and we've had a lot of requests for pre-orders even though we haven't yet revealed pricing information.

    The reason is the size and weight, and also the other characteristics of our system. Very strong stabilization, and now the ability to capture very fast-moving subjects.

    How many E-M1X buyers were already invested in your system, versus completely new users? That's hard to say. At the very beginning it was mostly Olympus users, but recently we had a 'trade in, trade up' promotion, and it's about half and half, people trading from our own system versus new users coming in from other [brands]. A lot of people from the wildlife and sports fields are coming into our system.

    Do you have a target in terms of market share?

    We don't have specific numbers, but in terms of birding and wildlife we have targets for the number of users. But we don't know how big the market is.

    When you talk to E-M1X users, do you find that they use that camera for one kind of photography, and another camera or another brand for a different kind of photography?

    We are seeing a trend with people coming from full-frame, where they need a small camera for travel, they use Olympus. We call those people 'switchers'. But after we introduced the E-M1X, we have seen people working in the birding and wildlife field, they're starting to switch. They don't even test the gear sometimes, they just switch completely.

  • 10 per cent price hike coming to Olympus Pro lenses in 2020.


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  • When combined with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100m f/4.0 IS PRO lens, the E-M1X can provide image stabilization performance of 7.5 steps, which – as of the beginning of 2019 – is the highest level in the world.

    According to our own in-house performance evaluation, this system can maintain a stable image was stable even at a shutter speed of 4 seconds and using a focal length of 40mm (equivalent to 80mm on a 35mm camera).

    This is an improvement of 1 step over the stabilization effect provided by the combination of the same lens with the E-M1 Mark II. Among the factors making this possible are the development of a new gyro sensor and the design of several algorithms to maximize stabilization performance.

    We have long been a leader in image stabilization technology, but in order to take that cutting edge performance to the next level we needed to develop a gyro with performance equivalent to an optical fiber gyro. Optical fiber gyros are so precise that they are used in aircraft and launch vehicles. They are also big and expensive. Our goal was to implement that kind of performance in a small sensor comparable in size to our previous models. This was no easy task, but finally, after three years of joint development with a parts manufacturer, we succeeded.

    The new sensor isn’t just a step up to a new level of performance, it enters a whole new dimension. So powerful was this new gyro, that we found it nearly impossible to update our algorithms to take advantage of its performance. To succeed, we had to go through a long process of trials and errors.

    The new gyro sensor isn’t just a step up to a new level of performance, it enters a whole new dimension. So powerful was this new gyro, that we found it nearly impossible to update our algorithms to take advantage of its performance. To succeed, we had to go through a long process of trials and errors.

    The first problem we encountered was the impossibility of accurate evaluation. As the gyro sensor cannot be accurately evaluated in a building with a quake-absorbing structure, we had to build a lab specifically for this purpose. However, even when we executed measurements in accordance with the optimum evaluation technique, our results still varied with every measurement. Eventually we realized that accurate measurement was not possible at the current level of technology and that we would need dedicated equipment and a more difficult environment in order to properly evaluate this new gyro sensor.

    There was also a surprise in the camera manufacturing process. Assembly of the image stabilizer has always been an extremely difficult process that imposed a burden on the operator. We found that some cameras were unable to manifest the expected performance even when they were precisely assembled by skilled operators.

    What this meant was that the gyro sensor performance and the target image stabilization performance were so vastly improved that issues previously regarded to be inconsequential suddenly loomed large. To deal with the emergence of these new problems, we had to revamp the manufacturing process itself.

    Ultimately, our goal is to eliminate the need for a tripod altogether and make it possible for photographers to enjoy handheld shooting in any scene under any conditions.


  • Olympus will soon release a new major firmware update.

    Lets just hope they will ahve anyone able to develop such :-)

    Big major cuts in Olympus Japanese camera part are rumored to start in June.

  • Atomos is excited to announce co-development with Olympus of RAW recording over HDMI with the OM-D E-M1X and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III mirrorless cameras. Together these powerful Olympus cameras and the Atomos Ninja V will record Apple ProRes RAW directly from the camera’s sensor.

    Olympus users who love the OM-D family for its portability and in-body 5-axis image stabilization will get all the benefits of a ProRes RAW workflow – creative control to adjust the color and look of the video in post-production while extending brightness and shadow detail.

    The Ninja V allows users to accurately monitor the RAW signal on its daylight-viewable 5” 1000nit brightness HDR screen. Setup is simple with perfectly tuned color settings applied automatically. Users can then view the image in HDR quality with a choice of HLG and PQ (HDR10) formats. The Ninja V offers touchscreen access to tools like waveforms, 1-1 magnification and focus peaking, allowing users to perfect their shot setup. The Ninja V then records the ProRes RAW data onto a removable AtomX SSDmini or other SSD drive. When shooting is complete the drive is removed and connected to a computer via USB for immediate offload and editing.

    Jeromy Young, Atomos CEO, said: “We’re thrilled to work with Olympus and their stunning mirrorless cameras to bring the power of Apple’s ProRes RAW to OM-D users. We can’t wait to see the creativity that results from this partnership”.

    ProRes RAW the new standard:

    ProRes RAW is now firmly established as the new standard for RAW video capture, with Olympus being the eighth brand to support the format with the OM-D E-M1X and OM-D E-M1 Mark III mirrorless cameras. ProRes RAW combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the incredible real-time performance of ProRes. The format gives filmmakers enormous latitude when adjusting the look of their images and extending brightness and shadow detail, making it ideal for HDR workflows. Both ProRes RAW, and the higher bandwidth, less compressed ProRes RAW HQ are supported. Manageable file sizes speed up and simplify file transfer, media management, and archiving. ProRes RAW is fully supported in Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro along with a collection of other apps including ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, Colorfront, FilmLight Baselight and Grass Valley Edius.

    The firmware update to enable these features is scheduled for winter 2020.

    Rumors are that it was idea of new managers who saw big piles of unsold bodies and hope that addition of external raw will allow to sell them.

  • Price is set to $1999, further cut to $1399-1499 can happen as last batches will be selling

    New owner will be closing production of most bodies till 2021.

  • Saw the 2K price, it's a great deal on an amazing camera that never got its proper dues.. 80MP images! Now with raw video output right!?


    Olympus is pleased to announce development for firmware that enables output of RAW video data from the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III mirrorless cameras to the ATOMOS NINJA V HDR monitor recorder. Data will be recorded to the ATOMOS NINJA V as Apple ProRes RAW for flexible image editing. This lends greater flexibility to professional video production post-processing tasks, such as adjusting exposure and color grading recorded footage. The firmware is being developed in collaboration with ATOMOS and is scheduled for release in Winter 2020.

    Olympus will continue to support professional video production via hand-held high-definition video recording with their compact lightweight system, thanks to its unrivaled portability and powerful in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization with 5-Axis Sync IS capabilities.