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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus 25mm f1.8 review product images (3 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.2

Just days after reporting that the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II would feature a new phase detect AF sensor, 43 rumors has corrected itself stating the rumored camera will stick with the same 16MP Sony sensor as its predecessor. Bummer.

That all said, the OMD EM5’s 16MP sensor still performs admirably–we use it often. Even though the technology is three-years-old, it still out paces  even some full frame sensors. Olympus will also likely improve the image quality and we’re personally hoping for some bumped up low-light performance. Hopefully the revisited sensor will also get focus peaking since Olympus has refused to ship the feature in a software update for the original OMD EM5.

While the OMD EM5 Mk II purportedly won’t feature a new sensor, Mirrorless Rumors is sure the camera will include the new “sensor shift” technology, which allows the camera to capture a 40 megapixel photograph by stitching together eight separate shots. The question is whether that’s enough to get OMD EM5 owners to cash in for an upgrade? Leave a comment below after the break.

The camera is also bound to have an improved EVF, weather sealing, revamped autofocus and even more artistic filters. We also hope that the camera has full timelapse capabilities and not limited like the EM10.

 

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus EM1 in silver (17 of 17)

After a steady stream of relatively similar Micro Four Thirds cameras, early reports suggest that Olympus is pulling out all the stops for the OMD EM5 successor. Sources that claim to be in the know of Olympus’ plans told 43 Rumors that the OMD EM5 Mk II will be announced during the first week of February.

Supposedly the headlining feature of the new camera will be a “sensor-shift” shooting mode, which will purportedly allow the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II’s rumored 16MP sensor to stitch together eight frames into a single high-resolution 40MP image. From the sounds of it the technology seems to be very similar to that of the Hasselblad H5D-200c MC, which can take six 50MP frames and combined them into one glorious humongous 200MP image.

Early reports suggest that the sensor will also be equipped with phase detection auto focus and will be Olympus’ first serious camera capable of 4K video recording. The Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II has also been said to feature a slightly redesigned body compared to the current model.

The Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II sounds like the hottest camera in ages outside of the Sony A7 Mk II if rumors are to be believed. Meanwhile, even fast primes lenses seem like a very likely future for the MFT system. Recently Olympus has patented 12mm f1.0 and 14mm f1.0 lenses, while Panasonic also filed a design for a 12mm f1.2 lens, both of which would effectively replace the existing Olympus 12mm f2 lens.

When we talked to Olympus Product Manager Richard Pelkowski earlier this year, he spoke to us about why lots of changes came to their lens lineup. But he assured us that their lenses are designed to perform exceptionally with future sensors.

Via 43 Rumors

 

julius motal the phoblographer panasonic lx100 product image-1

So it was on a cold November day that Editor-in-Chief Chris Gampat would hand me the Panasonic LX100. It had been a while since I reviewed a camera, having been back in New York City for about two months from Istanbul. The LX100 piqued my interest with its design as a premium compact with manual controls. In a past life, I had written micro four-thirds largely because I found the cameras to be too small for my large hands. While the LX100 proved to be impressive in image quality and aesthetic, its diminutive size was a sticking point for me.

The camera is Panasonic’s stab at Fujifilm’s X100 series–and so sports retro handling and looks done in collaboration with Leica. The LX100 has the same sensor as the GX7, and in some ways even has the same styling. But this camera is much different in that at the heart is a Four Thirds sensor and in front of it is a fixed zoom lens with an f1.7 maximum aperture.

And in many ways, it could be a perfect camera for the photojournalist.


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Panasonic GM5 DxOMark Comparison 1

When we first got our hands on the Panasonic GM5 it felt like a slightly updated GM1 with a new viewfinder and hotshoe. Now that DxOMark has just released its camera testing results of the GM5 we can see the tiny improvement to the underlying sensor. this incremental update has added.

According to DxOMark’s imaging benchmarks, the GM5 trades a sliver of color depth for several ticks of better lowlight ISO performance. Otherwise, there’s very little difference between the sensors. More importantly it appears Olympus is still well ahead of Panasonic when it comes to sensor technology as the OMD EM10 announced at the beginning the year performs better than the GM5 in every aspect.

One surprise we didn’t expect was that the Panasonic GM5’s performance actually isn’t that far off from the top-tier Micro Four Thirds cameras including the Panasonic GH4 and Olympus OMD EM1.

Of course, we have to stress these are just numbers. At the end of the day the GM1 was an excellent camera and we expect the GM5 will perform even better. Check out more results after the break.


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (2 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

A brand new Olympus OMD camera may well be on its way according to 43 Rumors. One of the site’s highly trusted sources claims Olympus will launch an “exciting new OMD camera in January,” after which the camera will be displayed at CP+ show in Japan in February.

One would theorize Olympus would simply bring a big update to its aging OMD EM5. However, the same source says the new camera won’t just be an evolution but rather something very different. Otherwise there are very few details, but the possibility of a new camera is very likely as it’s been a very long since we’ve seen a truly new  Olympus camera equipped with a new sensor.

There have also been early reports that Olympus is planning to release a digital version of the Trip 35. If the rumors are true, this would be Olympus first premium compact to go up against the Fujifilm X100 family and Panasonic LX100.

Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Olympus PEN E-PL7 Product Images (1 of 9)

Reports state that Olympus had been working on a PEN camera prototype equipped with a vertical sensor. A source, who claims to have seen the camera, told 43 RumorsThe pen line isn’t discontinued, rather it’s being taken back to its roots.

The vertical sensor harkens back to some of Olympus’ original film cameras like the Olympus PEN D2, which was a half frame SLR camera made with a vertical shutter. What do we mean by half frame? For each photo it shot, only half of a normal 35mm shot was exposed. What that means in practice is that a typical 24 photo roll could yield you 48 photos.

But the shutter different properties too. At the same time because of the vertical shutter, the camera would take portrait images when the users held the camera horizontally. To take images in landscape the photographer would have to hold the camera vertically.

Olympus has been purportedly toying around with this old design because of the way the sideways travelling shutter saved space for a viewfinder on top of the camera. Unlike the Sony A6000 or Panasonic GX7, this camera would potentially have an EVF hump on top of the camera body rather than a display bumped off to the left side–which is more ergonomically in line with rangefinders.

However, the source also said the camera will likely only remain as a prototype because management believes there’s too much risk in releasing such an unorthodox camera.