At last – Olympus formerly announces the new OM-D E-M1 pro Micro Four Thirds / Four Thirds camera

Written by Gary on September 10th, 2013

See the Olympus website announcement here.


E-M1 front


This awesome camera represents the first Micro Four Thirds camera that is capable of fast phase detection AF using Four Thirds lenses (via an adapter) and is said to have continuous AF with subject tracking at least as fast as with dSLRs when using either Four Thirds or Micro Four Thirds lenses.

It won’t be cheap, but then it will have a multitude of very nice capabilities and features which will have many photographers drooling.

Olympus will also be offering it as a kit with their very nice 12-40mm f/2.8 weatherproofed Pro lens which will be half the price and almost a 1/3rd of the weight of similar lenses for full frame dSLRs, although of course you will lose 1-2 stops of depth of field control – but you do gain 5 axis 5 stop image stabilisation and closest eye face detection AF almost anyway in the frame courtesy of these new Olympus cameras which for many will be far more important.

See also my wikipedia page on the E-M1 here and on the 12-40mm f/2.8 lens here.




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