The Olympus OMD EM1 might have released last October but it seems the Micro Four Thirds still has some untapped potential. 43Rumors has received a tip that an upcoming firmware update will allow EM1 users to shoot 4K video plus a whole lot more video shooting options.
It seems almost too good to be true that a simple software patch supposedly coming this September would suddenly unlock 4K video-shooting capability. But we’ve also seen the way other software patches like Magic Lantern completely open up cameras for more dynamic range, RAW video, and other ways manufacturers never intended. So with that said, it could indeed be possible.
With 4K in its arsenal the OMD EM1 would be a real video-shooting powerhouse. Thanks to its built-in 5-axis stabilization and great electronic viewfinder, it would make for the perfect small digital video camera if paired with the right accessories.
On top of a purported firmware patch coming, the EM1 will also supposedly get a new silver model announced at Photokina. It’s pretty common to see camera re-released in new colors so this could very well happen. Unlike the OMD EM5 and EM10, the EM1 has only been available in black, so anyone holding out for a silver version of this retrofied camera might not have to wait much longer.
43 Rumors has heard from two trusted Olympus sources that the company planning to announce a new OMD Micro Four Thirds camera at Photokina. Other than noting the possibility of a new entry in the OMD line there’s no word on specs, but with cameras like the OMD EM10 and EM1 already, Olympus has a great platform to build on.
Most likely we imagine—and this is purely speculation—Olympus will update either the OMD EM1 or EM5, for a fully weather-sealed camera body. We can also expect high-resolution sensor bumping up the megapixels past 16 along with an improved autofocus system adding more phase-detect AF points. The likely route is that they’ll update the EM5–though folks who purchased the camera have been waiting patiently for a firmware update to bring focus peaking to the camera.
Since announcing the OMD EM10 in late January, the Japanese camera company has been completely silent on what it’s planning next. This was also partially because the camera company released five new models in relatively quick succession over the past two years. Since then Olympus has practically repackaged the same, but excellent sensor, in-body stabilization and quick AF technologies into different camera bodies.
With the next iteration we expect Olympus will unveil something truly different–perhaps a ground breaking EVF or some other feature. The OMD has proven itself as a capable little street shooter to making professional grade landscapes and portraits, and its even the perfect camera for families. With in that mind we’re absolutely ecstatic about what Olympus could possibly have cooked up.
Whatever they come up with, it will need to win over folks from the Fujifilm, Samsung and Sony circles.
After producing the über-fast Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 lens for full-frame e-Mount cameras, 43 Rumors has heard word the Mitakon is “seriously considering” producing the same lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras.
While we haven’t had the honor of using the lens ourselves (yet!), from a few image samples we’ve seen how the lens produces dreamy bokeh with the smoothness of a milky fondue. Amazingly the lens also produces incredibly sharp images even when fully wide open. We expect the lens will have the same quality but slightly less pronounced bokeh due to the 2x crop factor of Micro Four Thirds sensors.
If Mitakon decides to really follow through with bringing the lens over to cameras like the OMD EM10 and EM1 it will come into a field of serious competition. Voigtländer has produced a very close Nokton 42mm f0.95lens and SLRmagic’s 50mm f0.95 glass.
If the Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 comes at a similarly affordable price it could be a killer lens for a bargain compared to the Voigtländer and SLRmagic.
Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds users don’t seem to get too much love when it comes to strobist items–and so they’re forced to shoot with manual flashes. But now they have the new Nissin i40 flash that was introduced back in February–and is being billed towards Four Thirds users. However, Four Thirds flashes work on Micro Four Thirds cameras too with no issues.
They’re touting this flash as being pocket-sized at under 3 1/2″ high and under 3 ounces. Additionally, it also has nine stops of output power–which mean that it doesn’t go in thirds of stops like most TTL flashes. But it has loads of other features like wireless flash capabilities, HSS at up to 1/8000, and overall retails for $269 when it becomes available.
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The world’s fastest mirrorless camera lens is getting ready to ship worldwide. Handevision’s insanely wide 40mm f0.85 prime lens is now officially in stock according to a press release first spotted by Mirrorless Rumors. With a maximum aperture of f0.85, the lens owns even the fastest Voigtlander glass like the 17.5mm f0.95 and 25mm f0.95 hands down.
As we all may well know, mirrorless cameras with a sensor smaller than full-frame have a larger depth of field even if they are used with lenses set to the same aperture as their full-frame equivalents. It’s for this reason that lenses made for smaller sensors need to have even larger apertures such as the Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 to resolve that sweet, creamy bokeh photographers crave.
The Handevision 40mm f0.85 is available through some German eBay shops already, and it can be had for € 1,799 or roughly US-$ 2,443. The lens is available in a variety of mounts for Fujifilm X cameras, Sony E mount, Canon’s EOS-M system, as well as Micro Four Third cameras from Olympus and Panasonic.
Check out more images of the lens past the break.
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Truthfully, I have never really taken Panasonic digital cameras seriously. Yet, when I was offered this review unit, my curiosity got the best of me. While I heard a lot of good things about the Panasonic GX7, I’ve always had reservations about the Micro Four Thirds. The technology has improved a lot in the recent past, though. So let’s see what Panasonic has done with this camera. [click to continue…]