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OM-1 is here: Olympus is on it, OM System is in it



What do you think: Was the wait for the OM-1 worth it? The first camera under the new "OM System" brand name was introduced.

OM System OM-1 officially presented

OM Digital Solutions is launching its first high-end mirrorless camera, the OM System OM-1. It is also the first camera to appear under the new "OM System" label after the brand name was officially launched last October. However, the name Olympus remains with the housing of the OM-1.

In recent days and weeks, some rumors about the new camera with Micro Four Thirds sensor had accumulated, which are finally coming to an end with today's presentation.

Sensor now rear exposed, high-resolution EVF

As previously expected, the OM-1 now comes with a stacked BSI CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20 MP and 5-axis stabilization. Not only the design of the sensor is new, but also the resolution of the electronic viewfinder has been rotated, which is now 5.7 instead of only 2.36 million pixels and thus on a level of about a Canon EOS R5. The screen can be swivelled freely in all directions and offers a resolution of 1.62 million pixels.

Up to 120 frames per second, new autofocus

With mechanical shutter, the OM-1 achieves a maximum continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second, with electronic and autofocus tracking 50 frames per second and without autofocus (but still with full resolution) 120 frames per second. At this enormous frame rate, even RAW recordings are possible, but the speed of 120 fps can only be maintained for 92 images.

The autofocus with phase and contrast method now brings it to 1,053 focus points and, according to the manufacturer – among other things because of the much more powerful TruePix X processor – should focus much faster and more reliably. In addition, the OM-1 offers deep learning technologies and recognizes the eyes of humans and animals, cars, motorcycles, airplanes and trains. Astrophotographers can also look forward to a special starry sky AF.

Videos can be recorded in 4K resolution (4,096 x 2,160 pixels) with up to 60 fps, connection options for an external microphone and headphones are available.

Also announced in the rumor mill was a new battery called BLX-1, with which OM System promises up to 520 shots on one charge. That's 100 more shots than its predecessor. In addition, the camera can be operated via USB-C. In addition, the OM-1 offers space for two SD cards according to UHS-II standard. It weighs about 600 grams.

Further technical data of the OM System OM-1 :

  • 5-axis image stabilizer balances 7 f-stops, 8 f-stops with IS lens
  • High-resolution mode, 80 megapixels with tripod, 50 megapixels from hand
  • ISO 200 to 25,600, expandable to ISO 80 and ISO 102,400
  • Significantly lower rolling shutter effect
  • Redesigned menu
  • Live ND Filters (ND2 to ND64)
  • Focus Stacking, Pro Capture Mode, HDR Recording, Live Bulb, Live Time, Live Composite
  • Weatherproof housing (IP53), frost-proof down to -10 degrees Celsius
  • OM Image Share App for wireless control, location data and firmware updates
  • WLAN, Bluetooth, Micro-HDMI, 2.5mm jack connection for cable remote control
  • Accessories: Battery handle (HLD-10, 349 €), Wireless transmitter (RM-WR1, 79,90 €), Charger (BCX-1, 129 €)

OM-1 from March for 2,200 euros

The OM System OM-1 will be available as early as March 2022. The manufacturer estimates a price of around 2,200 euros.