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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM1 Product Photos (2 of 8)ISO 2001-40 sec at f - 2.8

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.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (3 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.5

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.

Olympus Anywhere Classroom

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Olympus is joining the small band of camera-manufacturer that produces tutorial videos with its new Olympus Anywhere Classroom series. Today, Olympus has released three videos of its first season with acclaimed National Geographic and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jay Dickman. In the videos viewers will join Dickman in a journey to learn how to shoot landscapes, wildlife, and nature.

Of course these instructional videos won’t be part and parcel only to Olympus cameras like the OMD EM10 and EM1 only. There are plenty of tips from framing to long exposuresthat all photographers can use.

Olympus isn’t the first to offer instructional videos. Canon has had its own long running series of educational programs though the Canon Digital Learning Center. Nikon, meanwhile, has had its Digitutor to help users figure out the Japanese camera company’s full line of camera before they even pick it up.

Check past the break for the first three instructional videos and tuned to Olympus’s Anywhere Classroom for even more.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblogapher Canon vs Olympus

Canon at one point in the last 10 years absolutely dominated the point and shoot camera industry. But as time and technology progressed, they started to lose grip to the folks at Sony, Fujifilm and others. So to respond to the changing market, they released the Canon G1 X. The camera was capable of taking amazing photos, but it wasn’t until the G1X Mk II had arrived that it had really matured. In fact, the camera, has a slightly larger sensor than Four Thirds.

This history and fact is the basis on which our informal high ISO test was done between the G1X Mk II and the Olympus OMD EM5. The latter has a very standard Micro Four Thirds sensor that is also quite capable.

But how far has Canon’s technology come?

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M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 Pro

Olympus originally announced a new M.Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 back in February at CP+ and very soon it could finally be introduced. Supposedly the new wide-angle zoom could cost $1,799, according to 43 Rumors this would make it priced very similarly to the four thirds version Olympus made for its DSLR line. Except this version has a full-stop faster.

With a 14-28mm equivalent focal length, the new lens should be great for capturing entire skyscrapers in one shot and general fans of wide-angle lenses. Like most of Olympus’ pro line lenses we expect this one will have an impeccable build quality and extremely high quality results.

Curiously enough there’s still no word or a price for the 300mm f4 that was originally announced alongside the 7-14mm 2.8. But between this 600mm equivalent lens that should be coming down the pipe and the 7-14mm, Olympus micro four thirds owners have a lot to look forward to.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GH4 announcement photos (1 of 5)

As mirrorless cameras have improved over the years, so to has their autofocusing. Many companies claim that they have the world’s fastest autofocusing capabilities. For years, we’ve stated that Olympus is king in terms of speed but the new Sony A6000 has also really impressed us lately. But the Camera Store decided to put four of the top mirrorless cameras to the test on a dirt bike range. Plus, they also brought along the Nikon D4s.

The cameras put to the test were the Sony A6000, Olympus OMD EM1, Panasonic GH4 and the Fujifilm XT-1 as well as the Nikon D4s. They were all tested with comparable focal lengths at f4. In the end, they conclude that the D4s is still king but that the GH4 is close.

There are problems with the test though:

- At f4, more is in focusing with a Micro Four Thirds sensor than with an APS-C or full frame sensor. They were testing the lenses out at f4

- Panasonic lenses don’t focus as snappily on Olympus cameras and vice versa. This could help account for the findings with the OMD EM1.

- The Sony A6000 was tested with an Alpha adapted lens; not a native E-mount

- The D4s is significantly more expensive.

Despite these flaws in the non-scientific test, it’s still very much worth watching for the insight. Check it out below after the jump. Be also sure to check out our reviews of the Sony A6000, Fujifilm XT1 and the Olympus OMD EM1.

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