The King of Micro 4/3 has leaked..The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is almost here…
This morning a video leaked from Engadget (which is now gone) showing the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 in full detail. I saw the video at 5AM while laying in bed and even though Engadget took it down once it was picked up by the rumor sites, I still have the video loaded on my iPhone and have watched it a few times. After doing so I am 100% convinved that THIS camera will be the KING of MICRO 4/3!
It is a professional build camera, up there in build with cameras like the Nikon D800, etc. It is fully weather and freeze proof. It has the amazing 5-Axis IS and a HUGE LCD screen. Olympus said in the video that they have “listened to their customers” this time. :) The E-M1 now has phase and contrast detect AF and is compatible with normal 4/3 glass, meaning when you use normal 4/3 glass you will get FAST AF, in the video he says it is just as fast using Micro 4/3 glass or 4/3 glass. It appears the VF-4 is built into the camera as well as they are saying the EVF is larger than what is on most full frame cameras. Looks like a VF4, which is amazingly cool because the VF4 is really really great. I have been using it on the E-P5. The guy in the video did say an EVF with 2.83 million pixels so not sure if that was a slip or if he meant 2.36 million, which is what the VF 4 has. He did say 2.83 though, which if true, will beat the VF4.
This is a serious camera folks…
The OM-D E-M1 IS the Pro Micro 4/3 we have been waiting years for. Yes, it is about to land. The camera also has a built-in grip as well as an external battery grip that attached much like a Nikon battery grip does. The top of the camera is beautiful and screams pro build and feel and control. With the amazing quality of the OM-D E-M5 this camera appears to take it up a notch in EVERY area – build, feel, control, amazing WiFi features, etc.
I am guessing we will see an announcement soon because now that all of us in internet land are full aware of the camera due to the leak (which I feel was done on purpose, as always) Olympus should be ready to announce it soon. WHen I reviewed the OM-D E-M5 I said “Micro 4/3 Matured”. Well, looking at the video of the E-M1 it tells me not only has it matured, it has excelled into the land of premium pro build cameras.
I feel this video was made to leak because the rep in the video never mentioned details like Megapixel count, size of the LCD, ISO range, etc. If it never leaked, this post would have never been here.
The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 – What we know as fact so far.
2.83 million dot EVF
New DSLR type grip
Shutter speed: 1/8000s-60s
Micro Four Thirds mount
Not only “weather proof” but “FREEZE PROOF”
So it is an exciting time for micro 4/3 users. :) Time to stock up on some lenses :) I have no idea what this will cost but I expect it to come in around $1500. It is higher end than the older OM-D E-M5, built to a higher standard with new features so it will not be the same price, I can guarantee that one. To me, at $1500 it would be just about right for a pro built and made and controlled OM-D.
What are YOUR thoughts?
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