Olympus OM-D E-M1 announced: Lifeline for old lenses

10 Sep

Olympus’ long-awaited olive branch for Four Thirds lens owners has arrived in the shape of the E-M1, a camera larger than the E-M5, with a sizeable grip and significantly improved image quality. With its 16 megapixel sensor, it extends on the 12MP resolution of its predecessor, the E-5. However, the jury is still out on whether its autofocus, with 37 on-chip phase-detect autofocus sensing points (none cross-type), is as fast and accurate as that on its DSLR predecessors – a number of Olympus aficionados have come out saying it is.

The OM-D E-M1 will also use micro Four Thirds lenses in addition to Four Thirds ones. When using Micro Fourth Thirds lenses, autofocus is via contrast detection (slower but accurate, allows additional features such as eye detection).

I’m glad to note that Olympus agreed with my assessment that bigger picture buffers were needed – the E-M1 offers a buffer depth of 40 RAW images – possibly larger than any current camera.

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