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    •16MP MOS m43 sensor * No AA filter * True Pic VII processor, * Phase AF on sensor * 5-axis stab * 100-25600 ISO * 1/8000 sec shutter speed, 1/320 flash sync * 10fps shooting * 6.5fps with AF * Flash X-sync socket * 1.04mp 3" LCD * 2.36M EVF * Wi-Fi

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    Press release:

    Owners of full-format and APS-C DSLR cameras have a problem and Olympus has created a camera to solve it – the OM-D E-M1, the new pinnacle of Olympus’ digital imaging range. A DSLR is often too bulky to carry, which is why the new OM-D E-M1 is more compact than its main rivals – and the ideal size for shooting on the go. It combines the portable dimensions of the Micro Four Thirds format with image quality that matches DSLRs. Thanks to a new Live MOS sensor and next-generation TruePic VII image processor, it delivers the best images in the history of Olympus cameras. The E-M1 trumps the autofocus performance of its OM-D predecessor with DUAL FAST AF – one of the world’s fastest AF systems – now available for sequential as well as regular stills. It has an electronic viewfinder with the magnifying power of a high-end, full-frame DSLR and the unique* 5-axis image stabilization system that made its OM-D debut on the E-M5. The E-M1 is splash-, dust- and freezeproof** and – thanks to DUAL FAST AF – compatible with an ever-growing range of interchangeable lenses. It is available for pre-order in black with a special offer, and in the shops with an additional offer for E-System users from mid-October 2013. Prices start at £1299.99 for the body only, £1499.99 (UK prices) for the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 lens kit and £1949.99 for a kit that includes the new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40mm 1:2.8 lens.

    Olympus’ fastest ever AF: Alongside the design specialists who gave the OM-D E-M1 its perfectly proportioned casing, Olympus clearly employs some of the world’s best autofocus engineers. E-M1 owners reap the rewards with Olympus’ fastest ever AF system. DUAL FAST AF delivers very quick autofocus performance with both Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds lenses, which can be mounted on the E-M1 using an adapter. The camera detects which sort of lens you are using and switches automatically to the more suitable AF technology – either phase detection or contrast AF. Four Thirds lenses work with phase detection, whereas Micro Four Thirds use Contrast AF. Both AF technologies can accurately focus on any one of 37 focus points to pick out, for example, a single stallion among stampeding horses, or on 81 target areas to automatically track the whole herd.

    Olympus' best ever images: When a company with the optical pedigree of Olympus claims a new camera delivers the best image quality of any consumer model it has ever made, that device has a lot to live up to. The OM-D E-M1 more than matches expectations – and rebuffs DSLR sceptics – thanks not least to three key, complementary components. The Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds lens system (63 lenses and growing) combines with a new 16-Megapixel Live MOS sensor and the seventh generation of its powerful TruePic image processor series. TruePic VII uses New Fine Detail Technology II to get the very best still image quality out of every lens by adjusting processing in line with the type of lens attached and aperture setting.

    Olympus'most powerful electronic viewfinder: Olympus gives creativity free reign and breaks new ground in electronic viewfinder design in the shape of a new EVF with fully 1.48x magnification, which is approximately 1.3x larger than a typical DSLR. In addition to high, 2,360,000-dot resolution, DUAL FAST AF and automatic backlight adjustment, the EVF scores over optical viewfinders with a new feature that is unique to the OM-D E-M1. HDR Preview Mode allows you to monitor HDR images in the EVF before you shoot and you can likewise experiment with four key settings before shutter release: aspect ratio, magnification, colour and highlight & shadow. The OM-D E-M1 also introduces a new way to adjust colour. Instead of graphs and numbers, the newly developed Colour Creator lets you intuitively play with colour by tweaking dials on top of the camera. You can check the result in real time on the Live View EVF. The time lag is a mouth-watering 29ms, which is too fast for the human eye and results in natural movement even with very fast-moving subjects***.

    Olympus' most reliable camera ever: Olympus’ record-breaking Hybrid 5-axis Image Stabilization is exceptional because it compensates for movement around the axis of the lens as well as horizontal and vertical shift, and the usual yaw and pitch. This makes it noticeably easier to capture sharp, hand-held stills, especially at large zoom ratios. In fact, the Hybrid IS is so effective that you can record a shake-free Full HD movie literally on the run – even with long focal lengths – easily framing shots with the viewfinder or LCD in real time. Just as reassuring is the E-M1’s rigid magnesium body, as well as its dustproofing**, splashproofing** and freezeproofing**, which protects your investment with another Olympus world-beating system. The OM-D E-M1 is the best camera guaranteed to work perfectly in temperatures as low as -10°C*.

    Olympus’ smartest ever WiFi integration: Among the E-M1’s many other strengths are built-in WiFi, which lets it communicate quickly and simply with a compatible smartphone. You can send selected images straight to websites and social media via your phone and effectively use it as a remote control to avoid touching the camera during long-exposure shots. Pairing is quick and easy via a QR code. You can mirror the Live View LCD on your phone’s touch screen, then focus and release the shutter remotely via WiFi (in P, A, S, M modes) directly on the display. Even the unique and spectacular Live Bulb effect can be previewed on your smartphone. Live Bulb updates the Live View image at pre-set intervals during bulb exposures.

    Olympus’ most pro-friendly system camera: The OM-D E-M1 was designed in close collaboration with pro photographers who gave Olympus a wish list of ways to make cameras more ergonomic. With an eye on the fate of unwieldy DSLRs, re-assignable dials, switches and rings are big and beautifully laid out to ensure the camera sits comfortably in your hand and is easy to use. For example, you can adjust aperture and exposure using two dials on the back, then flick a lever to change the function of the dials and adjust ISO and white balance with the same movement.

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  • Seems like Olympus organized leak :-)

    As far as looking camera is exactly as expected from Olympus.

  • I believe that we are going to see an IBIS camera with decent to good 24/25P video soon. Could this be it? Or perhaps the OM-D's soon-to-be-announced successor?

  • @QuickHitRecord this is the soon to be announced sucessor - even it's not really a sucessor. It will be launched next month (and I agree with Vitaliy, looks like an organized leak - 5 hours to take sown the video?).

    Will be launched too a cheaper and lower spec E-M5, probably without weather sealing and maybe a 2 axis ibis.

    The real sucessor for the E-M5 will appear only in 2014.

    IBIS camera with decent to good video - the first probably will be the full-frame NEX, that (as rumors said) incorporates the 5-axis IBIS tech from Olympus.

  • I have a feeling Olympus is going to try and make this the "lumix killer"

  • No, it's their new Pro camera, price will be 1500 euros or dollars, depending on the country. And I doubt that it has video capabilities to compete with the GH3. Looks like totally photo oriented.

    Their are in some trouble, now. The E-P5 was launched overpriced and with the release of the GX7, it worsened - if you don't absolutely need the 5-axis IBIS, the GX7 is a much better value. The E-M5 is a great camera for photos, but is starting to became aged in terms of specs.

    I think that the intention of Olympus is to try to bring some great glass (the 4/3 lenses) back to life - and then don't have to develop new lenses soon. But use the OM styling looks like a big mistake - in all the sites that published the leak, almost everybody thought that the camera looks horrendous. They might used a more-SLR style, like their old E 4/3 line - a lot of people considered that only a "DSLR" looking camera could be a pro one, in fact.

    Probably with the "leak" the will oficially announce the camera in this week, let's see. But I still think that will have nothing special in the video front - except if they used a little of their brains and get some good Sony codecs in exchange of their IBIS tech.

  • 24p, or just crappy video, the only detail I ever want from Olly, since the old EPL1 is just as good for photos.

  • First leak with 12-40mm, looks like it got seperate mic-in! I hope they upgrade the video part for Oly, might ditch 12-35 & GH3 for this combo if the video is up to standard


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  • It's beautiful - when not seen from the front, the junction body-grip is very strange. :)

    A lot of info leaked about it, but not a single one regarding video. Not looking good.

  • Any news about video mode?

  • Judging from the comment on 43rumor looks like Olympus still concentrate on still side of thing, so don't expect much improvement (if any) on video side minus the separate mic input

  • True Pic VII processor improves video quality like moire reduction

    Camera has external mic input

    We'll see how it'll be.

  • Panasonic has gone to IBIS route. Why not Olympus going to better video support and codec? :)

  • Here is the video spec from the 43 rumor site

    MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI (Motion JPEG):

    • Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30p, 24Mbps (MOV)
    • Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30p, 16Mbps (MOV)
    • HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 30p, 12Mbps (MOV)
    • HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 30p, 8Mbps (MOV)
    • HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / 30 frames per second (AVI Motion JPEG®)

    The bandwidth have been bumped slightly from 20Mbps to 24Mbps

  • Disappointing...

  • Always 30fps only, a little more bitrate, maybe that avoid problems with pixels which are confused with each other on the screen sometimes, but if that is so, I remain happy with my em-5. Not the perfect camera, but i bough it for 610 euro new. Not 1500.

  • I was not expecting much (1080p30 24Mbps is in the ballpark of my expectations), but no 24p is a really shame.

  • It is still not movie oriented camera.

  • Yeah, but with a little bit better codec - G6-wise specs, for example - it could sell a lot more cameras without compromising its still side.

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev

    It is still not movie oriented camera.

    Then that is their mistake. M4/3s has gained a lot more acceptability in the Pro video market than it has in the Pro Photography market.

  • Epic failed... again.

  • So far I only seen 2 Pro Panasonic shooter vs dozens of Olympus Pro shooter (mostly E-M5) in terms of stills. The number is still tiny compare to Canikons but with the E-M5 there are definitely more pro convert to M43 for still

  • Well, i not agree with who said the Em-5 is not for video. 24p is important, better than 30p, but not far better, we're there, and sometimes 30p can do more. The Ibis is so good, is so great. Yes, there are problems, but i choose the Em-5 for video and ibis

  • @Renovatio - EM-5, Video and IBIS is great, right. I will replace my OM-D E-M5 only if there is 1080/60p Oly OM-D

  • I will do the same!