OM Digital Solutions (owner of the Olympus camera brand assets) introduced this week its “OM-1” 20-megapixel flagship Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera.

The camera, which is the first model under the new OM System brand, is positioned to play up the heritage of the iconic decades-old Olympus OM-1 film camera in appearance, but the similarities end there.

For starters, the powerful Micro Four Thirds digital camera is equipped with a 20.4MP Micro Four Thirds Stacked CMOS sensor powered by a TruePic X Dual Quad Core Processor, producing high resolution fast action stills and videos.

The OM-1 is scheduled for a March retail delivery at a $2,199.99 suggested retail price for the body only or $2,799.99 for a kit with a new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12–40mm F2.8 PRO II lens.

Optional accessories will also be available including an HLD019 Power Battery Holder ($350), RM-WR1 Wireless Remote Control ($100), BLX1 Rechargeable Battery ($100) and BCX-1 Battery Charger ($150).

The new OM Micro Four Thirds flagship is capable of capturing 4K video at UHD or DCI resolutions, and supports enhanced 10-bit 4K/60p and Full HD/240p higher frame rate video, with handheld image stability from the compact, lightweight body design and highly functional image stabilization system.

Among the camera’s creative video options are support for H.264 (8-bit) and H.265 (10-bit) codecs, and Multi Frame Rate for recording video segments of 30 minutes and longer.

The camera also supports RAW data output up to 12 bit 4:4:4 to external devices for advanced post-production tasks, along with support for OM-Log color grading, enabling the capture of lighting highlights and dark shadow details without overexposing or underexposing shots. Newly added is a Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) HDR mode (in 10-bit mode) for HDR video recordings that will be easily capabile with a wide range of 4K/HDR video displays, TVs and monitors.

The sensor features four photodiodes at each pixel position to utilize each pixel in the X-type phase detection autofocus system.

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For advanced still work, the OM-1 can capture up to 10 fps burst shooting from the mechanical shutter, and 120 fps without blackouts using the electronic shutter with supported autofocus and auto-exposure at up to 50 fps.

The 5-axis image stabilization system provides up to eight stops of exposure compensation that is used for a “High-Res Shot” mode that can capture up to 50MP handheld images or 80MP images using the camera’s Tripod High-Res Shot mode.

The camera’s Cross Quad Pixel AutoFocus (AF) system features 1,053 cross-type phase detection AF points used in the AI-trained autofocus modes optimized for fast-moving shots of subjects like formula racing cars, motorcycles, airplanes, helicopters, and trains, with eye-focus useful for animals.

Other features of the OM-1 include a series of multi-shot computation modes including Live ND, which creates slow shutter speed effects resembling shots taken with a ND filter up to ND64 (six steps) (ND2 – ND64). When LV Simulation is activated, the slow shutter speed effects can be checked in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor before shooting. This will enable creating the same effects using ultra-wide-angle lenses without access to ND filters.

a Live Composite mode is useful for capturing highlights in long exposure shots without overly brightening the rest of the image, while a Focus Stacking mode and a built-in HDR mode for tone-mapping the higher DR of multiple exposures into a standard dynamic range image.

The Electronic View Finder (EVF) uses a 5.76M-dot OLED screen with a 120 fps refresh rate and a magnification ratio of up to 1.65x. The camera’s rear-mounted 3-inch touchscreen is fully articulating with 1.62M-dot resolution.

The camera body is IP53 rated, meaning it is splash- and freeze-resistant down to -10ºC (14ºF) as well as dust resistant. It also employs a Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF) dust reduction system that vibrates at a speed of more than 30,000 times per second to keep the image sensor clear.

The OM-1 is equipped with two UHS-II SD card slots.

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By Greg Tarr

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