When Olympus first let us see their prototype of the 25mm f1.8, we weren’t allowed to take photos with the lens attached to a camera. But now we’ve got a review unit. And for the past couple of days we’ve been playing with the more affordable offering to Panasonic’s 25mm f1.4 lens. Olympus stated that this lens is just like their 45mm f1.8 in terms of sharpness and performance.
It’s been snowing here in NYC, and despite the fact that this lens isn’t weather sealed it is still performing quite well on the OMD EM5 in the inclement conditions that we’re currently experiencing.
Here are a couple of first sample images from the lens. Full review is still being worked on.
Ever had the feeling that a company had too many cameras?
For the first time in a very long time, I began to really feel that with Olympus. Earlier this month, we sat in a meeting with them while they briefed us on their new Olympus OMD EM10, their 25mm f1.8, and a couple of other products. The EM10 is what the company describes to be their low end OMD camera: placing the EM5 in the mid tier and the EM1 at the top of the food chain. And to do this, the company essentially created a severely crippled OMD camera. The camera borrows from the OMD EM5, PEN EP5, and the OMD EM1.
And in all truthfulness, we’re scratching our heads just a bit.
It’s been a while since the original OMD camera has been released. But reports are now stating that the camera’s successor may be coming next month in January. According to 43Rumors, the camera’s successor will be known as the low end OMD within the series–which only really makes sense when you think about it. Olympus released the OMD EM1–with a gap in between the one and five.
Olympus is also said to be putting the same sensor as the OMD EM5 and the processor of the OMD EM1 in the camera. Once again, this also sounds viable as they used the same 12MP LiveMOS sensor for years in many of their Pen model cameras and the entire line of Pen cameras now have the same sensor as the OMD EM5. We just really, really hope that Olympus decides to use their partnership with Sony in a smarter way and develop new sensors. Their lenses are already wonderful and a strong argument can be made that they’re the best in the mirrorless camera industry.
Of course, nothing is set in stone at the moment despite the reports being very strong. The OMD EM5 was already a hit with lots of enthusiasts, but we’re also wondering how this camera will be placed amongst the entire mirrorless camera industry. Sony and Fujifilm are giving Olympus quite the run for their money at the moment with better sensors, a lineup of lenses that keep growing, and affordable prices. That isn’t to say that Olympus’s cameras are bad–they’re actually incredible. But with the way that modern day marketing works in the consumer tech world, it seems that only the most savvy amongst us may understand.
The camera that won our Editor’s Choice rating this year now has a brand new firmware update. However, they seem to be very minor improvements, such as better stabilization in children’s mode. One of the bigger features though is improved AF operation as well as improve bulb image quality.
In many ways, this camera is perfect–but we wonder how it will compete with competition from Sony with the A7 not being much more expensive than the EM1.
Full firmware details are after the jump. Be sure to also check out our EM1 review.
Olympus is trying something new in the compact camera category: they’ll be taking an OMD styled camera body and shoving a tiny imaging sensor in there while giving it a 24-300mm zoom lens. At least that’s what Digicameinfo is saying according to 43Rumors. How tiny? Apparently it will be a 1/1.7 inch sensor.
The above image isn’t it, but the folks at 43rumors cite “two trusted sources” about a likely high end compact camera from Olympus in the OMD tradition. In 43rumors’s hierarchy of rumors, this one comes in at FT5 which has an 81-99% chance of being correct The small shooter will have a built-in EVF, but its sensor will be far smaller than what the OMD has, which will allow it to have a compact 28-300mm zoom lens. Who knows if it’ll be pocketable, but it’s expected to be announced at the end of October. If true, the mini-OMD will join an elite group of gorgeous Olympus point-and-shoots: the Trip 35, 35 SP, and XA. I can attest to the Trip 35, and I will soon own a 35 SP.
We’ll keep our ear to the ground for more information.