OM Systems has revived the name of one of the most famous cameras in Olympus’ history, by badging its latest pro-minded mirrorless model the OM-1. Those of a certain vintage will recall the original, which created shock waves throughout the industry when it was unveiled as the world’s smallest and lightest 35mm SLR back in 1972. The modern namesake aims to tap into that heritage, while there’s also a touch of poignancy involved, since it’s also been stated that this will be the final time the Olympus name will be featured on a camera.

Destined to be the new OM System flagship camera, headline features include a Backside Illuminated Quad Pixel Bayer pattern stacked 20MP CMOS sensor, a new TruPic X image processor that’s said to provide up to 3xfaster processor power, AI detection AF along with 1053 Phase detection Cross Quad Pixel AF, high speed sequential shooting up to 50fps C-AF and up to 120fps S-AF, up to 8EV stops of image stabilisation and enhanced video functions, including 4K 60p and Full HD 240p.

In line with its aspirations to be considered a true pro-spec camera with outdoor nature and adventurer photographers firmly in its sights, the re-born OM-1 meets the very highest IP53 dust and splashproof standard and is freezeproof up to -10 degrees Centigrade. With one eye on the model whose name it bears, the new camera is also super compact and lightweight.

OM Systems states that the model delivers high image quality that goes way beyond the expectation of the MFT sensor size, while claims are also made that the autofocus and sequential shooting performance far surpasses conventional models and dramatically improves basic performance.

Launched alongside the camera are two new lenses, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II (35mm equivalent 24-80mm) and M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4 PRO, (35mm equivalent 80-300mm). Both lenses feature their maximum f-stop throughout the range, with the 40-150mm said to be the world’s most compact and lightweight model of its type featuring an f/4 maximum aperture.

All the new products are available from now, with the OM-1 carrying a rrp of £1999.99, and the 12-40mm priced at £899.99 and the 40-150mm £799.99.


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