Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Olympus OM-D Camera Any Day Now

First leaked pic of the OM-D from -- the source of all my m43 knowledge!

Waiting… Still waiting… Slowly dehydrating… Nuninuninu…

I'm torn about the rumored new "pro" micro four thirds camera from Olympus. Here's what we know so far:

1. It will be called the OM-D. As in OM Digital. It will be based on the Olympus OM, a film SLR from yesteryear which had some really terrific lenses. (I've been contemplating getting one of those old lenses for quite some time now.) Expect a retro look and plenty of knobs.

2. Of course, being a film camera means that the OM was a full-frame camera. The OM-D won't be. It will be a micro four thirds camera. So it will work with all your current micro four thirds lenses, which coincidentally are really terrific. (See my reviews here and here.)

3. The OM-D will have a weatherproof body and a built-in viewfinder. This is what supposedly will put it in the pro category.

4. The sensor is an undetermined 16-megapixel one at this point. It would be logical to expect the same sensor as the G3 or the GH2 at best, which would mean some improvement in image quality, but nothing dramatic. The thing is, no one really knows what Olympus will pull out of their hat here. I'd say the 16-megapixel number is a big hint.

Fans have been screaming for a new sensor, and if they manage to significantly increase image quality somehow, I'm probably selling a kidney to buy one of these cameras. Fuji and Sony have really upped the game with their APS-C sensors in their mirrorless cameras. The Sony NEX-7 and the Fuji X100 and X-Pro1 look absolutely amazing. Even Nikon has managed to squeeze a lot out of the tiny little sensor in the V1/J1 if the reviews are to be believed. For the OM-D, image quality that rivals or trumps APS-C cameras would really be a game-changer.

At the same time, I don't want Olympus to pull off that miracle because I just bought an E-P3 around six months ago and an OM-D that will kick the E-P3's ass will just make me feel cheated. I hate hate hate buyer's remorse.

Oh well. All I can do right now is wait… We'll all know on Feb 8, when Olympus announces the OM-D. Crossing my fingers, but I'm still not sure for which outcome.

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