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Yup, all the rumors you read were true. Today, Olympus announces the OM-D E-M1, the high-end Micro Four Thirds camera, and along with it the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens. Both items are marketed at the high-end crowd, i.e. the professional photographer as well as the seriously serious amateur/hobbyist. But more than that, the E-M1 is also Olympus’ answer to the call for a worthy successor to the E-5, the company’s last Four Thirds DSLR. Sporting a hybrid phase-detection/contrast autofocus, the E-M1 can focus both Four Thirds (via adapter) as well as Micro Four Thirds lenses quickly and accurately. Apart from that, Olympus packed a whole lot of other innovations into the E-M1. Details after the break.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Specs
- Weather-sealed body, freeze-proof down to 14° F (-10° C)
- New 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor
- TruePic VII image processor
- ISO 200-25,600, with Low ISO setting
- Dual Fast AF combines contrast AF (81-point) with on-sensor phase detection AF (37-point)
- Continuous AF tracking with Group Target AF, Small Target AF, Super Spot AF
- 6.5 fps shooting with 50 frames raw buffer and 10 fps with 36 frames raw buffer
- 5-axis image stabilization with Multi Motion IS for video recording
- 1/8000 sec. min. shutter speed
- 1/320 sec. min. flash sync speed
- 2.36 million dot EVF with 1.48x magnification
- 3″, 1.037k dot rear LCD monitor
- Built-in WiFi connectivity
- Creative shooting modes comprising two different HDR modes
- New Color Creator feature to tweak colors in real time
- 1080/30p HD video recording
- Interval shooting mode up 999 frames in 1 sec. to 24 hr intervals
M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 Specs
- 24-80mm equivalent focal length
- Constant f2.8 initial aperture
- Fast and silent MSC autofocus
The Olympus E-M1 will be available October 2013 for an MSRP of US-$ 1,399.99 for the body only. The kit version with the 12-40mm f2.8 lens will sell for US-$ 2,199.99.
Together with the E-M1 and the 12-40mm f2.8 lens, Olympus also announces the development of a 40-150mm f2.8 M.Zuiko Pro lens, which will be released in the second half of 2014.
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