Olympus Announces OM-D E-M1 High-End Micro Four Thirds Camera and 12-40mm f2.8 Pro Lens

Olympus OM-D E-M1 + M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 Lens

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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
  • Weather-sealed
  • 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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