The OM System OM-1 is a post-Olympus flagship camera


OM Digital Solutions, the new company formed after Olympus sold its camera business to a Japanese investment fund, has announced its first camera. The OM System OM-1 is a flagship Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera that serves as the successor to earlier high-end Olympus models such as the O-MD E-M1 Mark III.

The name OM-1 will be familiar to Olympus photographers – a 35mm SLR camera of the same name launched the OM line in 1972. The new OM system OM-1 still has the Olympus name on the body, although it company tells DPreview that this is probably the last model where that is the case.

The OM-1 has a new 20-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor and an improved processor that allows it to shoot at 50 frames per second with autofocus and auto exposure, or up to 120 frames per second with focus and exposure set to the first frame — at least when using the electronic shutter with certain Pro series lenses attached. The OM-1 can also record 4K video at 60 fps for up to 90 minutes on battery power or two hours with external power.

The body has been redesigned but still seems largely in line with previous Olympus cameras. The weatherproof seal has an IP53 rating. The viewfinder has been upgraded to a 5.76 million dot OLED panel and there is a 1.62 million dot hinged 3-inch touchscreen that displays a reworked menu system.

Priced at $2,199 for the body alone and $2,799 in a kit with a redesigned 12-40mm f/2.8 lens, the new OM-1 will likely be a tough sell for photographers new to Olympus. invested. But it also looks like a major upgrade for those who are – it’s a significant overhaul that brings the Micro Four Thirds line up to date and suggests the new owner is serious about continuing the legacy of Olympus. It will be available early next month.

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