OM SYSTEM Brings Heavyweight Specs to New OM-1 Micro Four Thirds Camera02/15/2022
In 1972, the OM-1 35mm film camera brought pro performance to a smaller, more compact SLR. Today, OM SYSTEM is launching the digital OM-1, a Micro Four Thirds format flagship camera, and new M.ZUIKO 12-40mm f/2.8 and 40-150mm f/4 PRO zoom lenses. The OM-1 camera and its optics bring eye-watering specs to a smaller, lighter mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera system specifically designed for travel and adventure photography extremes.
The new OM SYSTEM OM-1 camera is designed around next-generation image quality, computational photography, speed, reliability, and full video performance. A newly designed 20.4MP stacked BSI Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor gives 2 stops of noise performance and an additional stop of dynamic range over previous sensors. The TruePic X processor is 3x faster than its predecessors and features a 120 fps readout rate for faster shooting performance and a sensitivity range from 200-102400 ISO (expandable to 80 ISO).
Speed is one of the OM-1’s attributes, and the camera features continuous shooting to up to 10 fps with full-time AF/AE and a 169-frame raw buffer when using the mechanical shutter. With the electronic shutter, photographers get 20 fps shooting with full AF/AE and a 108-frame raw buffer. In SH1 and SH2 blackout-free shooting modes, the camera offers a blistering 120 fps without AF/AE and 50 fps with AF/AE. A Pro Capture mode begins image capture before you release the shutter and records at 120 fps with fixed focus or 50 fps with continuous—allowing the camera to start capturing moments before your reflexes do.
These stratospheric frame rates are helped by an advanced autofocus system with Cross Quad Pixel AF and AI Detection with 1,053 individual focus points covering the full sensor and operating at 120 fps. The system detects color and contrast information from across the sensor and not only performs eye detection on humans, but also on birds, dogs, cats, and detection of non-organic subjects like cars, motorcycles, airplanes, helicopters, and trains. Focus performance is twice as accurate and 3x faster than previous versions of the focus system.
In-body 5-axis image stabilization compensates for up to 7 stops of camera shake, allowing for long shutter speed handheld shooting. Eight stops of compensation is available with select IS-equipped Micro Four Thirds lenses.
The OM-1 brings creative-capture options to your fingertips inside the camera. Image stabilization, processing power, and sensor design combine for a High Res Shot composite function that blends a dozen images in 5 seconds. On a tripod, the system creates 80MP raw files, and when used handheld, a 50MP raw file with 2 stops of reduced noise performance and improved color rendition. A Live ND mode digitally simulates the effects of an optical neutral density filter up to 6 stops (ND64) for long-exposure effects without having to carry separate filters for your lens. Live Composite mode for nighttime shooting slowly builds up an exposure over time without blowing out brighter areas of the frame, allowing you to see the exposure’s progress in live view monitoring—amazing for light painting and other creative approaches. The camera also supports a handheld Focus Stacking mode that records and stacks 15 frames for extended depth of field in close-up shooting.
Video specs are robust, as well, with DCI/UHD 4K recording at up to 60p and 10-bit 4:2:0 sampling. Full HD recording up to 240 fps for slow-motion playback and 12-bit raw output are supported by the micro-HDMI port when working with optional external recorders. HLG picture mode permits in-camera HDR recording, and OM-Log gamma offers a greater color-grading range for post-production adjustments. In-camera time-lapse capture is available up to UHD 4K with frame rates from 5 fps to 30 fps. The OM-1 has 3.5mm microphone and headphone ports for audio recording and monitoring.
The OM-1’s electronic viewfinder has a 5.76m-dot OLED display with an 0.83x-equivalent magnification, a 21mm eyepoint, and 120 fps refresh rate. The rear LCD is a 3.0" 1.62m-dot touchscreen with a vari-angle design allowing 270° of swivel for working at odd angles.
The OM SYSTEM OM-1 is designed for use in extreme outdoor conditions with a durable magnesium alloy body that is dust and splash resistant to IP53 and freeze-proof to 14°F. The shutter is rated for 400,000 actuations. The camera’s battery is rated for 520 shots per charge, and in-camera charging is available. Dual UHS-II SD memory card slots allow for backup file saving or additional memory options.
Joining this new OM-1 camera is the upgraded M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens that offers a 24-80mm equivalent focal length and constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. The lens focuses down to 7.9" and is also IP53 rated. Accompanying the 12-40mm is the all-new M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0 PRO lens with its 80-300mm equivalent in compact and lightweight construction; it is also rated at IP53.
The OM SYSTEM OM-1 is here and bringing some heavy-hitting still photography and video specs to the Micro Four Thirds system in a compact and rugged body.
Are you ready for the modern era’s OM-1? Let us know in the Comments section, below!
Any idea when the next wave of OM-1s will be available? I am late to the party.
As of today, we're accepting orders on the Olympus OM-1 on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can place your order and we will e-mail you as soon as the camera ships out.
When I hear statements in the video like "Best sensor among the OM sensors" it makes me wonder yes but what about against other camera brands?
I think that is called..."marketing." :)
Thanks for reading!
Oh, and I did order the new OM-1 body. I tried hard, tried to hold out. I made it 9 hours...
Thank you for shopping at B&H! :)
Let us know how you like it when it arrives!
Like to point out that you should not trust those wet lens-alone photos! I found out the hard way, in a tragic river crossing accident that also claimed my [first] Pen-F, that lenses are not necessarily well sealed with a plain old everyday end-cap. A company called OP/TECH USA makes an end cap, what they call a "Lens Mount Cap", with an integral O-ring that seems to do a better job. I use these on my weatherproof lenses.
Thanks for sharing your experiences!
While I have left non weather-proof gear out in downpours with no ill effects, I would say it is best to avoid getting your gear wet under any circumstances. Obviously, this cannot always be avoided, but weatherproofing isn't waterproof!
The OM-1 and the two new lenses are rated to IP53 which is protection from dust and spraying water [https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/mobile/tips-and-solutions/ingress-protection-ip-ratings-explained]...and I would bet they have been well tested in those conditions.
Very exciting news! Given that this camera is a bit larger than the OMD1markii, and III, will it be possible to use Contax G lenses via metabones or other adapters? (No adapter for Contax G works on the OMD1markiii, or OMD5markiii). The issue was with the overhanging prism on the front--is this one less prominent? Thanks for getting back about this.
That is a great question and I don't have a good answer for it as I don't have an OM-1 next to me, nor do I have an adapter and Contax G.
The cameras should start shipping by mid-March, so hopefully more info/reviews will show up on the web, including those by folks adapting lenses to the camera.
And, if you want to try it out yourself, we do have a generous 30-day return policy if it doesn't work for you.
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Can't see a link for the user manual for this new Olympus OM-1 camera. Thanks for your time on this matter.
It looks like the manual hasn't been published yet on OM SYSTEM's website. When it does, it will likely be found here: https://learnandsupport.getolympus.com/support
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contact Olympus manual jp. It's there. jUST download the manual.
This is a huge step in the right direction for me! I'm a rock climber and adventurer, been using Sony mirrorless cameras for a few years now. I love the quality of my Sony but I'm always wishing for more speed, better ibis, better weather sealing, and smaller size/weight! This Olympus looks like it will easily do everything I want from my camera. I'm glad to see that at least one manufacturer is moving in the direction I've been asking for! Excited for all the review videos to come out :)
Sounds like the OM-1 might be just what the doctor ordered for you! Full frame certainly has its advantages, but size and weight are definitely not two of them...especially when hiking or climbing!
I know that the original 12-40mm lens is amazing from personal experience...hopefully the 40-150 is as well!
Thanks for reading and good luck if you grab one!
I am happy to see that the dynamic range of the sensor has been increased. The mk iii I have now blows out white egrets, pelicans, and other light areas unless you dial back the gain on light areas and enhance shadows.
Also interested to see how bird facial recognition works when stalking a something in a canoe.
And would like to see how this does in low light, ad in shooting the night sky
...as in shooting...
I am also curious about its low-light capabilities! The shots provided by OM SYSTEM were really nice and I look forward to seeing what other photographers do with it!
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More dynamic range is great, but you're still going to be responsible for your own correct exposure. If you're blowing out anything, you're overexposing -- don't blame the camera. Have you tried shooting with the histogram or highlight/shadow peaking turned on? That can help.
Good tips there! Yep, in digital, its best to meter for the highlights and pull out shadow detail in post!
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The egrets are so bright white that it seems that if I expose correctly for the egret the background and surroundings are way underexposed...lots of opportunities for experiment....I welcome rhe suggestions about using the histogram or post processing. Thanks and regards
James (below) makes a good suggestion. My default setting when shooting digital is -1EV. Sometimes I go down to -2, and others, if the highlights aren't too bright, I dial in 0EV. If the frame is dark, I can pull up shadow detail in post.
I think dialing in some -EV is your first step...and probably the easiest and best one!
Try it out and let me know if you have more questions or if it is not working for you!
Hey Theodore, the dynamic range is not the reason that your white egrets are washed out, I photograph birds from a 14ft wilderness systems kayak, I use Pentax DSLR's and Sigma glass. I read a piece about photographing shore birds that brought up this issue and their fix was negative exposure compensation. The amount depends on how bright the lighting is while photographing these birds.
Summer light in Texas is Beyond Bright....just saying.....
Indeed it is! :)
Great tip, James! Thanks for helping a fellow Explora reader!
Does eye autofocus for dogs work in video mode or is it limited to stills?
Good question! I do not know if the eye detection works in video modes, but I will do some digging.
Thanks for reading and thanks for the question!
Thank you for digging Todd!
From the outside, I would assume it would be easy to find the answer to your question, but it has proven a difficult dig!
My guess is that these AF modes work in video as well as stills, but I cannot confirm this. I even researched the Olympus E-M1X AF mode info (the OM-1 is likely an improved version of this AF system) and, in the information I found about eye/bird/etc. detection, it is never mentioned as a feature for both stills and video...nor does it ever say "for still photography only."
Perhaps some Oly experts hanging out around this thread can shed more light on this!
I will keep digging!
Thank you for your diligence Todd. I appreciate it! I need to get my hands on one from a local store to see for myself. If Olympus follows Sony's way of marketing this feature, then my guess would be that eye/bird/etc detection is limited to stills. Sony boldly states when it's a feature also accessed in video mode. We shall see in March! Have a great day!
Either it works in video mode and they forgot to market the snot out of that functionality, or it is stills only and they might want you to hope it works in video mode!
If I hear anything, I will circle back to comment here, but if you find out before me, please feel free to share with our other readers!
And, thanks for shopping at B&H or your local camera store!
How does the size wt compare to the OMD E-M1ii ?
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II has the following specs:
1.3 lb / 574 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
The new OM-1 clocks in with this:
1.1 lb / 511 g (Body Only)
The OM-1 is a bit larger, but weighs virtually the same.
Thanks for your question and thanks for reading!
You have the wrong numbers there for an E-M1 Mark II... you're posting the size of the E-M10 Mark IV. The E-M1 Mark II is 134 x 91 x 67 mm. Yes, the OM-1 is larger, but not all that noticeably.
Yes, it looks like the B&H numbers are wrong. Stuff happens, brother!
I grabbed our specs from here: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1283565-REG/olympus_om_d_e_m1_mark_ii.html/specs
I will see if we have erroneous information on that page.
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1. Estimated ship (availability) date?
2. Is there an adapter available that would allow use of and maintain automation (including IS, focus, and diaphragm) of a Canon EF-L 100-400mm lens?
3. For snap-shooting, is there a flash in the body?
1. The projected ship date is mid-March 2022.
2. There are several adapters that support Canon EF EOS lenses on Micro Four Thirds cameras that include electronic connections for AF, IS, and AE. Our full line of adapters can be found here: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Lens-Adapters/ci/3420/N/4077634486
3. There is no built-in flash on the new OM-1. Sorry! But there is a fully-functional hot shoe for external flash use and some pretty compact flashes available for on-camera use.
Thanks for reading and thanks for the questions! Standing by for follow-ups!
A replacement for the Mark lll. For use with long lenses, it will not be as balanced as the M1X. Expect a M1X ll to come out with a larger sensor and improved tracking for wildlife and bird photographers. JMO.
Thanks for the comment! Time will tell if your prediction(s) come true!
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The optional battery holder would seem to make this camera much like the EM1X.
I agree there and the extra battery power would often be welcome!
When using the battery grip on the EM1.3 the balance is very similar to the EM1X. My guess is that the same holds true for the OM-1. Too bad the HDL-9 doesn't fit the OM-1 - but that was to be expected.
Oh how I wish cameras were more universally compatible with accessories like grips and L-brackets! It would save consumers thousands of dollars over years of upgrading cameras...and make upgrading to the next model an easier pill to swallow!
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Have an OM_1 from 1974 purchased from Caldors and a couple lenses from 47 St photo IE fisheye and Vivitar 70-210 used at the Garden for Bee Gees/Tavares and Elton John and Frampton and Bowie when I was a twerp at 18. Talk about full circle and memories. Can't wait. Wi-Fi would have been great.
Good stuff! Do you still have the OM-1?
Did you want WiFi for that camera, because, according to our spec sheets, the new digital OM-1 has "2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Bluetooth" and OM SYSTEMS has a shiny new mobile app for the camera to play with.
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I'm in the same boat, I have two OM-1, OM-2n, OM-4. Many lenses and two T-35 and handle flash. Can the T-35 flash system work with this new OM-1? Also, an adapter to fit old OM lenses onto the new OM-1? Of course, the old Olympus Zuiko lenses would be stricky all manual mode.
You can get an adapter for the original OM lenses.. being mechanical-only, they're cheap. I was using my old 300mm f/4.5 for years before I bought the M.Zuiko 300mm f/4.0.
But don't expect miracles. Lens design has come a long way in 30-40 years. And because of the small sensor, unless you use a focal reducer (aka "speedbooster") you're cropping out 3/4 of the lens image -- close to 3/4 of the resolution it's capable of delivering. So expected adapted lenses to be soft versus native lenses. But older lenses often have character, too... that you get to keep.