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.
We’re just about wrapped up on our Olympus OMD EM1 review, and to fully test what the camera is capable of, we decided to run it under water. I mean, let’s think about it: why would a company make marketing claims and not hold themselves to it? With all the weather-sealing that Olympus touts is in the camera, we mounted the 12-40mm f2.8 (reviewed here) to the camera and gave it a little bath. Just as an FYI, the lens is also weather sealed. But we’re not sure the camera would survive unless there was a weather sealed lens on it.
Did it survive? Check out the video after the jump. Stay tuned for our full review coming in a couple of days.
When we first heard about Olympus’s 12-40mm f2.8, we had some high hopes as the reps told us that the lens is really made of metal and has a very solid build quality. Then we saw it, and were quite impressed. We expressed a lot of interest in the lens and so we asked Olympus for an evaluation copy.
As a Micro Four Thirds user for years, I’ve always been very privy to the standard’s small primes. These lenses truly embrace the smaller form factor that mirrorless cameras were supposed to establish to begin with. But this is the first zoom lens that I ended up really, really liking. The Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 has lived up to and in some ways exceeded my expectations. And if you can justify the price tag to yourself, we recommend that you spring for it immediately.
At the moment of publishing this article, Adobe Lightroom doesn’t support the OMD EM1′s raw files. So when we decided to do a high ISO comparison, we made sure that the noise reduction settings for the OMD EM1 and its little brother the EM5 were on the exact same playing field. So we attached Sigma’s 30mm f2.8 lens to the cameras, shot them at the same exposure after using a handheld light meter, and then imported them into Adobe Lightroom for a quick view.
The images shot are JPEGs and resized for the web. They were shot at ISO 5,000 because both the OMD EM5 and EM1 both say that 6400 is an extension despite marketing that it is their native high ISO output.
Take a look at the images below and make judgements for yourself in our very informal comparison.