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Today the OM System launched a new OM-1 and several lenses.

Olympus was my first ever camera system back in the film days, so I still have a soft spot for them.  With the OM-1 camera body, OM has also launched two new professional category lenses, the ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II and the 40-150mm F4 PRO.

OM System’s Press Release is below.

Introducing the OM SYSTEM OM-1 Interchangeable Lens Camera with a New Stacked BSI Live MOS Sensor and Cross Quad Pixel AF

The New OM SYSTEM Flagship Model Revolutionizes Emerging Technology and Newly Developed Devices

Bethlehem, PA, February 15, 2022 – OM Digital Solutions is pleased to announce the introduction of the OM SYSTEM OM-1: This Micro Four Thirds System standard interchangeable lens camera features a compact, lightweight design for superior mobility along with high image quality. It is scheduled to go on sale in early March 2022. As the OM SYSTEM flagship camera, this model will deliver a one-of-a-kind experience to customers, driving the desire for photographers to create. This interchangeable lens camera delivers inspiration in a lightweight design that users can take along anywhere to capture the precise photos they have in mind.

The OM SYSTEM OM-1 is the culmination of new devices and cutting-edge digital technologies, delivering high image quality that goes beyond the expectation of the sensor size. It also features autofocus and sequential shooting performance that far surpasses conventional models, and dramatically improves basic performance. Computational photography technology has been incorporated, empowering the photographer to utilize such features as Live Composite and High Res Shot mode, without the need for advanced shooting techniques, special equipment, or skills, delivering a rich variety of expressive power for more photographic opportunities than ever before.

Thanks to the superb mobility of the Micro Four Thirds system, the OM SYSTEM OM-1 can be taken anywhere at any time, allowing anyone to take advantage of its high performance to capture versatile images with high image quality. This is the next generation Micro Four Thirds camera brought to you by OM SYSTEM.

MAIN FEATURES:

1. High image quality that goes beyond the expectations of the sensor size

This model features a high-end compact, lightweight body unique to OM SYSTEM, including the new 20 Megapixel1 Stacked BSI Live MOS sensor, and the latest TruePic X image processor, which is three times faster than previous models. The OM SYSTEM OM-1 delivers high image quality that goes beyond the expectations of the sensor size. Not only does it take full advantage of high-resolution M.Zuiko Digital lens performance, delivering our highest ever resolution2, but new noise processing technology increases the maximum normal sensitivity to ISO 25600, and an expanded maximum sensitivity to ISO 102400. Furthermore, the dynamic range has been improved thanks to the latest image processing technology. These improvements deliver a richer range of tonal expressions than ever before, from shadows to highlights.

The high-performance image stabilization in the OM SYSTEM OM-1 delivers up to 8.0 steps3 of compensation with 5-axis sync IS, and up to 7 steps4 with the body alone. The new Handheld Assist feature makes it easy to capture slow shutter speed effects that previously required a tripod.

2. Computational photography functions that empower the photographer to further expand their imaging expressions

Photographic expressions that have traditionally required special equipment and a computer to composite images are available in the OM SYSTEM OM-1. Thanks to computational photography (advanced digital image processing) technology, these imaging features have been incorporated in this interchangeable lens camera at an early stage. The OM SYSTEM OM-1 uses a combination of the new TruePic X image processor, the new image sensor, and the latest digital technologies to make computational photography features better and even easier to use. When paired with high-performance M.Zuiko PRO lenses, the system makes it possible to capture a greater range of imaging expressions only possible with the OM SYSTEM OM-1.

High-Res Shot

The processing time has been significantly reduced. Handheld High-Res Shot mode takes approximately five seconds to merge. Popular for landscape photos due to the ability to capture high-resolution approximately 50 Megapixel images by merging multiple images; and Tripod High-Res Shot, which creates ultra-high-resolution approximately 80 Megapixel images. Composite processing technology reduces noise by approximately two steps for amazingly high pixel count and low noise. A dedicated button is also included on the camera to quickly switch between normal shooting and Handheld High-Res Shot/Tripod High Res Shot for improved usability.

Live ND

Create slow shutter speed effects as though you were using an ND filter up to ND64 (six steps) (ND2 – ND64). When LV Simulation is activated, you can check the slow shutter speed effects in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor before shooting and create the same effects while using ultra-wide-angle lenses that cannot accommodate an ND filter.

Live Composite

In this setting, Lighten Composite is used to add only the brighter sections to the composite image to prevent the common problem of images that are too bright overall when shooting long exposures, resulting in beautiful photos with plenty of variation. This feature is now compatible with image stabilization and can be used during handheld shooting.

Focus Stacking

This feature alters the focus to capture and composite multiple shots for recording photos that are in focus from the foreground to background. The compositing time has been dramatically reduced for easier use.

HDR Shooting

Multiple images at differing exposures are merged to create one shot with a wide dynamic range, including highlights and shadows.

3. High-speed performance of newly developed autofocus and dramatically improved performance for maximum 50 fps5 sequential shooting with AF/AE tracking

A quad-division photo diode configuration allows for On-chip Phase Detection in both vertical and horizontal directions. 1,053-point, all cross-type, Cross Quad Pixel AF is incorporated; designed to focus on various patterns of subjects across all pixels and the entire shooting range. The high-speed calculation capabilities of the new TruePic X processor and the new AF algorithm enable high-speed, high precision focusing on the subject no matter where it is in the frame. Furthermore, this model is equipped with AI Detection AF,

which was developed using deep learning technology. In addition to greater than ever high-speed, high-precision subject recognition and tracking, this model can recognize formula cars, motorcycles, airplanes, helicopters, trains, and birds, as well as animals (dogs and cats). In addition to C-AF, this functionality is also supported with S-AF for shooting a wider variety of scenes. The detection precision, tracking performance, and responsiveness of Face Priority/Eye Priority AF have been improved significantly.

There have also been exponential improvements to sequential shooting performance, reaching up to 50 fps blackout free AF/AE tracking at approximately 20.37 Megapixel, and up to 120 fps AF/AE locked ultra-high-speed sequential shooting. When using Pro Capture, which is designed for capturing shots that are not possible during normal shooting, you can enjoy sequential shooting up to 50 fps (AF/AE tracking) and up to 120 fps (AF/AE locked).

4. Camera body features enhanced dustproof and splashproof performance, along with a high-speed, high-resolution electronic viewfinder

The dustproof and splashproof performance is achieved by incorporating sealing materials at the appropriate locations on the tough, lightweight magnesium alloy body, ensuring IP53 dustproof and splashproof protection class6, and freezeproof performance to -10°C. Because this model is compact, lightweight, and features dustproof and splashproof performance, it makes for a powerful ally when shooting in punishing environments. The high-performance EVF is equipped with approximately 5.76 million dot resolution, a viewfinder magnification of up to 1.65x, a display delay of 0.005 seconds7, and 120 fps high-speed display, to ensure optimal shooting comfort. Not only does it feature all the best facets of an optical viewfinder, but it also offers the advantages of a digital viewfinder, making it possible to view subjects and check exposure, even in dark locations. The menu screen configuration has been completely redesigned on the OM SYSTEM OM-1. Items have been split, merged, and reclassified, and descriptions have been simplified to make it easier to find the desired functions, and make changing settings simpler for first-time users.

5. Enhanced video functions for creators (10bit 4K 60p, Full HD 240p)

Stable handheld video recording is possible thanks to a compact, lightweight body and industry-leading image stabilization. Creative video functions include 4K 60p for smooth, high-definition videos, and high-speed movie with Full HD videos at a maximum 240p. The camera also supports H.264 (8bit), H.265 (10bit), and Multi Frame Rate for recording video clips over 30 minutes in length. In addition to RAW data output up to 12 bit 4:4:4 to external devices for advanced post-production tasks, the OM SYSTEM OM-1 supports OM-Log for a greater level of freedom over imaging expressions thanks to color grading, which allows users to capture highlights and shadows without overexposing or underexposing shots. The new HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)8 video picture mode has been added for easier HDR video recording.

Other Features

  • Reliable SSWF (Supersonic Wave Filter) dust reduction system that vibrates at a speed of more than 30,000 times per second to instantly remove dirt and dust from the image sensor
  • Highly durable shutter unit that clears 400,000 shutter actuations (according to in-house testing conditions)
  • Staggered layout UHS-II compatible dual SD card slots make it easier to remove recording media
  • Five rating categories in the on-camera rating system
  • Night view mode makes it possible to view subjects even in dark environments
  • Starry Sky AF makes focusing on stars easier than ever
  • Record shooting location information with minimal power drain (smartphone connection)
  • Equipped with an independent AEL button and AF-ON button

Pricing and Availability

OM SYSTEM OM-1 (Body Only)

Pricing: $2,199.99 USD; $2,799.99 CAD

Approximate Availability date: Early March 2022

OM SYSTEM OM-1 Kit with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II

Pricing: $2,799.99 USD; $3,599.99 CAD

Approximate Availability date: Early March 2022

Separately Available Accessories

HLD-10, Power Battery Holder (sold separately)

This power battery holder designed exclusively for the OM SYSTEM OM-1 offers the same controls in the vertical position as the horizontal position. It offers IP53 dustproof and splashproof construction when paired with the OM SYSTEM OM-1. When two BLX-1 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Batteries in the camera and the HLD-10 are used together, approximately 1,000 shots (based on CIPA tests) can be captured. When attached to the OM SYSTEM OM-1, the BLX-1 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery can be charged9 inside the HLD-10.

Pricing: $349.99 USD; $449.99 CAD
Approximate Availability date: Early March 2022

RM-WR1, Wireless Remote Control (sold separately)

This wireless remote-control features IP5710 dustproof and splashproof construction, enabling remote shooting (communication range: within 5 m of the camera body) in any kind of environment, when paired with the OM SYSTEM OM-1. It enables remote shutter release, control of autofocus, image display control between still images and videos, as well as release lock during long exposures. This power saving design is achieved using Bluetooth® Low Energy communication. It can be used to start and stop video recording and connects with the included cable for wired remote use. The RM-WR1 can also be used as a wired remote control when connected using the cable included with Micro Four Thirds camera models equipped with a compatible remote cable terminal, such as the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III.

Pricing: $99.99 USD; $129.99 CAD

Approximate Availability date: Early March 2022

BLX-1 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (bundled/sold separately)

This is a high-capacity, 2,280 mAh lithium-ion battery. It can be recharged approximately 500 times.

Pricing: $99.99 USD; $129.99 CAD
Approximate Availability date: Early March 2022

BCX-1 Battery Charger (sold separately)11

This dedicated charger can simultaneously charge two BLX-1 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Batteries. Batteries are fully charged in approximately 150 minutes. Because the battery is compatible with the USB Power Delivery standard, it can be charged with a power bank (9V/3A output).

Pricing: $149.99 USD; $189.99 CAD
Approximate Availability date: Early March 2022

SBCX-1 Battery Charger (sold separately)

BCX-1 battery charger bundled with one BLX-1 lithium-ion battery.

Pricing: $219.99 USD; $279.99 CAD

Approximate Availability date: Early March 2022

APPLICATIONS/SOFTWARE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND EDITING SUPPORT

OM Image Share Smartphone App (OI.Share)

This smartphone app is used to connect to the camera via Wi-Fi, transfer images and shooting data, and perform remote operations. On the OM SYSTEM OM-1, OI.Share can be used to update the firmware on the camera body and backup/restore camera settings.

OM Workspace v2.0 Image Editing Software

This image editing software includes advanced RAW processing and editing features. It boosts the abilities of the USB RAW Data Edit feature on the OM SYSTEM OM-1 and enables editing such as tone curve and Dehaze adjustments in addition to processing settings that can be applied on the camera. AI Noise Reduction has been added for RAW processing. When applied to RAW files captured on a supported camera12 for processing, it helps generate clearer images.

Company names and product names contained in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Footnotes

  1. Number of effective pixels: Approx. 20.4 Megapixel. Total number of pixels: Approx. 22.9 Megapixel.
  2. As of 15.02 2022. On a comparison with OMDS interchangeable lens cameras. According to our in-house research.
  3. Lens used for 8.0 step image stabilization: M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO, focal length: f=150mm (35mm equivalent focal length: f=300mm), halfway release image stabilization OFF, frame rate: high speed, CIPA standard compliant, when correction is carried out on two axes (yaw/pitch)
  4. Lens used for body only 7.0 step image stabilization: M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO, focal length: f=40mm (35mm equivalent focal length: f=80mm), CIPA standard compliant, when correction is carried out on two axes (yaw/pitch)
  5. When using a compatible lens. Please see product website for details.
  6. When paired with a dustproof and splashproof lens (according to lens standard). This does not apply during charging or HDMI connection.
  7. When 120 fps high-speed frame rate is selected.
  8. An HLG-compatible monitor is required for HDR video playback.
  9. The BLX-1 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery cannot be charged in the HLD-10 alone.
  10. When using wireless connection. IP51 when using wired connection via cable.
  11. This product does not include F-7AC USB-AC Adapter, CB-USB13 USB Cable, or BLX-1 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery. Please use the accessories included with the OM SYSTEM OM-1.
  12. Supported cameras: OM SYSTEM OM-1, E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 Mark III, E-M1X, E-M5 Mark III. Additional programs and supported data must be downloaded.

 

entoman

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The light and compact lenses are what makes M43 attractive, together with the legendary Olympus weather sealing (I know someone who dropped a EM Mkii in a river - we fished it out, dried it in the sun, and it's still working fine 3 years later!).

What lets M43 cameras down for many, is the low MP count, which is a negative factor if you need to crop heavily, as most wildlife photographers do. When shooting BIF in particular, filling the frame with a bird, and keeping it from wandering beyond the frame edge, calls for a great deal of skill and experience. A higher MP sensor allows a safety margin that just doesn't exist with 20MP.

The OM1 is also let down by the small buffer. Imagine having to wait 15 seconds for the buffer to clear, before you can shoot the next burst. So as a sports or wildlife camera I feel this is a complete failure. And for most other purposes, a FF camera will be better.
 
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Del Paso

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A fantastic camera for trekking/hiking, if weight matters. Just take a close look at its characteristics!
But not for large hands.:cry:
 

Chaitanya

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The light and compact lenses are what makes M43 attractive, together with the legendary Olympus weather sealing (I know someone who dropped a EM Mkii in a river - we fished it out, dried it in the sun, and it's still working fine 3 years later!).

What lets M43 cameras down for many, is the low MP count, which is a negative factor if you need to crop heavily, as most wildlife photographers do. When shooting BIF in particular, filling the frame with a bird, and keeping it from wandering beyond the frame edge, calls for a great deal of skill and experience. A higher MP sensor allows a safety margin that just doesn't exist with 20MP.

The OM1 is also let down by the small buffer. Imagine having to wait 15 seconds for the buffer to clear, before you can shoot the next burst. So as a sports or wildlife camera I feel this is a complete failure. And for most other purposes, a FF camera will be better.
There are some really good improvements to new Camera and a sign that new owner of OM brand is quite interested in actually selling cameras to photographers(JiP has notorious reputation in laptop sector). New menu system is really great and lets wait for final production units to see how the new sensor compares and performs to older ones.

Edit: Checked B&H turns out along with new battery OM System has released a new charger to charge dual batteries(though quite expensive). I know Fuji sells similar dual battery charger for their own batteries and I hope Canon also comes out with a 1st party Dual battery chargers soon.
Link for new charger https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/prod..._blx_1_lithium_ion_battery_charger.html/specs
 
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entoman

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There are some really good improvements to new Camera and a sign that new owner of OM brand is quite interested in actually selling cameras to photographers(JiP has notorious reputation in laptop sector). New menu system is really great and lets wait for final production units to see how the new sensor compares and performs to older ones.

Edit: Checked B&H turns out along with new battery OM System has released a new charger to charge dual batteries(though quite expensive). I know Fuji sells similar dual battery charger for their own batteries and I hope Canon also comes out with a 1st party Dual battery chargers soon.
Link for new charger https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/prod..._blx_1_lithium_ion_battery_charger.html/specs
Yes I agree. I struggled to comprehend Olympus past menus system which had indecipherable terminology, ambiguous icons on a horrible grid-style interface, and low resolution. So I very much welcome the improvements. With the OM1 on paper almost everything has been improved, including the ergonomics, and the camera can match most FF cameras on specification, and has the added bonus of Pro-capture (a feature that *all* cameras should have) and in-camera merging for focus-stacking and HDR.

I also absolutely appreciate the weight-saving and greater portability of M43, which would allow me to pack a complete M43 system in a flight case, and to carry a wider range of lenses in the field - so I've been tempted by M43 in the past. Many of the reasons that have prevented me from using M43 in the past have been answered with the OM1, but the meagre buffer and low MP count are total deal-breakers for me.

When I read about the "wow camera" stories, I hoped that the OM1 would have a global sensor, as this, combined with a really powerful processor, would enable near-instantaneous in-camera multi-shot merging, with massive benefits for hand-held pixel-shift with moving subjects, focus-bracketing, HDR and noise-reduction. I still believe that smaller formats such as M43 are the future, I'd much prefer a compact system to my existing FF, but OM have not yet come close to realising the full potential of the small format.

I wish the new company well though, and look forward to seeing their future offerings.
 
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The light and compact lenses are what makes M43 attractive, together with the legendary Olympus weather sealing (I know someone who dropped a EM Mkii in a river - we fished it out, dried it in the sun, and it's still working fine 3 years later!).

What lets M43 cameras down for many, is the low MP count, which is a negative factor if you need to crop heavily, as most wildlife photographers do. When shooting BIF in particular, filling the frame with a bird, and keeping it from wandering beyond the frame edge, calls for a great deal of skill and experience. A higher MP sensor allows a safety margin that just doesn't exist with 20MP.

The OM1 is also let down by the small buffer. Imagine having to wait 15 seconds for the buffer to clear, before you can shoot the next burst. So as a sports or wildlife camera I feel this is a complete failure. And for most other purposes, a FF camera will be better.
I do prefer high Mpx FF sensors myself for BIF. But, the 20 Mpx Nikon D500 is reckoned by serious extreme BIFers to be the best DSLR for birds in flight, and I can testify to how good it is. And the 20 Mpx 1DX and Nikon D series are no slouches. The R6 is good too.
 
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tron

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A future R7 say with a version of 90D's 32.5Mp sensor would give a SQRT(32.5/17.5) = 1.36X advantage over R5 with the same lenses. 17.5Mpixels correspond to the 1.6 crop mode of R5.

Of course this is more suitable for static birds and not BIF.

Same Olympus equivalence is 2X (crop factor) so talking about heavy crops has no meaning in birding. With the same lens focal length we have to crop more using Canon rather than Olympus. The criteria is Pixels per ... Duck :D

IQ due to pixel size is a totally different matter of course.
 

hoodlum

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It is interesting that every 2nd frame readout during C-AF is an 80mp quad pixel structure for more accurate C-AF. The 20mp image is still readout out at 120fps so it looks like the sensor is capable of 240 fps.
 

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If Canon released a 20mp camera with a sensor smaller than the M series there would be an avalanche of negative comments. If they then said they were going to charge $2,200 plus tax for it the comments would be, at best, histrionic.

Just saying...
 
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hoodlum

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Doesn't Canon have the patents for DP AF and QD AF?
Canon's implementation is different that what Olympus is using with this sensor from Sony. Canon is able to capture both the DP and image data at the same time while Olympus needs to read 2 frames alternating between the 80mb QP PD data and the 20mp. Due to the very fast readout from the stacked Sony Sensor the OM-1 still has a very faster readout for the 20mp images.
 
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TukTuk

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"Canon's implementation is different that what Olympus is using with this sensor from Sony. Canon is able to capture both the DP and image data at the same time while Olympus needs to read 2 frames alternating between the 80mb QP PD data and the 20mp."

And where did you get an idea that Sony Semi sensor needs to alternate anything and Canon does not ? from raw files ? that is what firmware writes... Olympus simply does not write anything by binned data in the raw files... Canon R3 does not have raws with DP-data either... does it mean that it alternates 48mp DP PD and 24MP ?
 

TukTuk

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"Doesn't Canon have the patents for DP AF and QD AF?" - both things are used in cell phone sensors for a while... does Canon make sensors for cell phone cameras ?
for example = https://www.androidauthority.com/all-pixel-phase-detect-autofocus-1065470/


and somewhat related
 

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I wish Olympus luck. I enjoyed their EM1-II and their 300mm f4 lens (FF EQ 600 f8) was really amazing for close focus, extreme sharpness and ease of use.

I wonder what the OM-1 and their 150-400mm f4.5 1.25xTC lens would do as far as image quality? It would certainly cover the FF 300-1000mm range (f9-~11) with close focus ability without swapping lenses.