Olympus OM-D – the new-old camera design?


Hey, what are you camera designing guys doing? Either you have no new ideas on camera designs or old is gold. Yesterday, I was at the launch of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and it had that 50’s rangefinder design. Now Olympus is going to launch a new Olympus OM-D, a similar design to my first SLR camera, the Olympus OM 1-M (M for motor drive). It brings back that nostalgic feeling of yesteryear. The present trend in camera designs have gone retro with Fujifilm X100 spotting the Leica M3 lookalike and now Olympus with the OM 1 – replica.

That aside, it seems that Olympus inspite of their Board Room fiasco has finally brought another Digital Camera to the market after the last E5. Here are the rumoured specifications:-

  • 16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor
  • Weather-sealed body
  • Twin control dials
  • New, ‘5-axis’ image stabilization
  • Shoot at up to ISO 25,600
  • Up to 9fps shooting (4.2 fps with continuous AF)
  • 800×600 pixel (1.44M dot) LCD electronic viewfinder
  • VGA-equivalent 3″ OLED touchscreen display – tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards
  • Latest TruePic VI processor
  • Improved C-AF autofocus with 3D tracking
  • Flash sync speed up to 1/250th sec

This model has been delayed by production problems and will most likely be launched in the 2nd quarter of this year. A friend of mine has tested the pre-production model and was very impressed with the image files. Stay tuned for our hands-on preview when we get our hands on this camera.


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