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Weather Sealed M4/3 Olympus OM-D Body Launch date Feb 8
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Ryan Krause

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Weather Sealed M4/3 Olympus OM-D Body Launch date Feb 8 on 01/18/2012 22:55:15 MST Print View

Feb 8 is the supposed launch date for a weather sealed micro 4/3 body by Olympus - the OM-D model.

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(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Weather Sealed M4/3 Olympus OM-D Body Launch date Feb 8 on 01/18/2012 23:30:48 MST Print View

Weight is supposed to be around 425g

Other rumored specs:

ISO range: 200 - 25600
EVF with 610,000 dots
The built-in flash will have a GN=10 (Guide Number)
5-axis shake reduction
Fast AF & 3D tracking

Thanks for posting.

Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Re: Weather Sealed M4/3 Olympus OM-D Body Launch date Feb 8 on 01/19/2012 00:08:03 MST Print View

The metal body puts the weight quite high. At 1 pound for the body it is twice as heavy as the lightest models and the weather proof lens is heavier as well although the reach is wider and longer.

I would like a weather sealed plastic body but people associate weight with quality so the high end weater sealed models will all weigh a lot

Ismail Faruqi
(ismailfaruqi) - F
12-50mm lens on 01/19/2012 07:28:35 MST Print View

I think the bigger news for us is actually the new 12-50mm lens. It has many outdoor friendly features, such as wide range, 24mm wide angle, lightweight, weatherproof, non-extending zoom, and very close focusing capability. It really hits the sweet spots of jack of all trades outdoor lens. The only reservation is only the sensor behind it lags greatly in DR and noise even bested by Fuji X10... I mean, why carry bigger cameras and lenses when Fuji X10 has better DR and brighter lens?

Ryan Krause

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: 12-50mm lens on 01/19/2012 14:32:59 MST Print View

How do you know the sensor lags? In the previews I've saw there has only been speculation on which sensor it will feature - have you seen otherwise?

Ismail Faruqi
(ismailfaruqi) - F
Re: Re: 12-50mm lens on 01/19/2012 21:39:59 MST Print View

I meant the current 12mp sensor which is lagging... surely I hope the new sensor bring a real boost in IQ though, because I'm an MFT user :)

Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Olympus on 01/20/2012 01:36:03 MST Print View

How I would like to see Olympus enjoy some very real success in the wake of everything that has happened. February is shaking up to be a big camera month, and Olympus could use a big win. As much as Sony has really changed the lanscape (pun intended) of photography in recent years, my sentiment is with Olympus and Fuji.



Edited by dirk9827 on 01/20/2012 02:06:03 MST.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Weather Sealed M4/3 Olympus OM-D Body Launch date Feb 8 on 01/20/2012 10:47:58 MST Print View

Couple of minor "corrections" presuming rumors can be corrected with other rumors.

EVF is 1.44M-dot resolution (VF-2 resolution) and there have been further rumors that it is a different type of EVF than commonly used. A hybrid ala Fuji? I'd be surprised but who knows?

Rear display is 610k OLED, fully articulated. OLED is the important bit, which anybody who's compared one against an LED display will attest. (Already used on the XZ-1 and EP-3.)

16MB sensor, although unknown whether it's the same as in the Lumix G3/GH2/GX1 or something different. Keeping my fingers crossed for integrated PDAF such as the Nikon N1 system, but prepared to be disappointed again. Need it for my 4/3 lenses.

From a usability standpoint I'm expecting enough body controls to make the menu system secondary in the field. If so, this is probably the camera to get me into the µ4/3 fold. The lens selection has matured a lot in the last year, lacking only 4/3 "SHG" grade equivalents, and there are plenty of super compact and light options for a second body when assembling a lightweight kit for long trips.



Edited by halfturbo on 01/20/2012 10:49:13 MST.

Kai Larson
(KaiLarson) - F
Re: Re: Weather Sealed M4/3 Olympus OM-D Body Launch date Feb 8 on 01/22/2012 21:21:10 MST Print View

Perhaps not quite as heavy as previously thought:

"The OM-D is expected to feature a magnesium, weather-sealed body that weighs 373 grams for just te body. It will sport a 16-megapixel sensor optimized for High Dynamic Range, FAST AF, 3D tracking, and a five-axis image stabilizer inside the body. It offers ISO options of 200 up to 25,600, a built-in digital viewfinder with 1.44 million dots resolution, and a 3-inch 610,000 pixel OLED tilting preview screen.

The camera will likely be unveiled at Olympus’ February 8 press event. Olympus recently trademarked the OM-D name and launched an ad campaign highlighting the letters “O” and “M.” The company also has placed a “coming soon” teaser on its website."

I have to say that I am excited about this camera. Looks like a nice upgrade to the E-P2 that I've been using. Olympus has a really nice range of lenses for their m4/3 cameras too, which is a big plus when compared with some of the other mirrorless system cameras.

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(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Weather Sealed M4/3 Olympus OM-D Body Launch date Feb 8 on 02/05/2012 21:09:31 MST Print View

If anyone gets their hands on one of these, do let us know - and drop it on your scale, if you would also. Thx.

Fred eric
(Fre49) - MLife

Locale: France, vallée de la Loire
OM-D on 02/05/2012 21:37:44 MST Print View

I am also keeping an eye on it to replace my EP2.
But i hope they release one day an m4/3 equivalent of the 4/3 12-60.

The 12-50 doesnt look that sharp.

even the m4/3 12mmF2 prime has way softer corners than the 4/3 12-60.

Edited by Fre49 on 02/05/2012 21:39:31 MST.

Daniel Bell
(danbell222) - F

Locale: So. AZ
OM-D on 02/05/2012 22:37:57 MST Print View


Edited by danbell222 on 02/05/2012 22:39:50 MST.

Daniel Bell

Locale: US Southwest
OM-D on 02/05/2012 22:41:14 MST Print View

I'm excited about this camera too, being a long time EPL1 user. I also hope it will have video capabilities that approach the GH2. I'm also very interested in the new Panasonic 12-35/2.8 and 35-100/2.8 m43 zoom lenses that are rumored to come out in 2012 (Oh wait, it is 2012.....c'mon already!).

Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
4/3 on 02/07/2012 06:59:27 MST Print View

Remember that a 12-50mm on a 4/3 is equivalent to a 24-100mm on a 35mm camera.

Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Preview is out on 02/07/2012 21:01:11 MST Print View

425g with batteries.

Brian Austin
(footeab) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Weather Sealed M4/3 Olympus OM-D Body Launch date Feb 8 on 02/09/2012 01:16:11 MST Print View

No time lapse. Grr.

As if that makes a camera, but been looking forward to this as I like to build stuff like airplanes that need documentation and having a camera take a pic every 3 min or 15min is great. Sure wish such a feature would be in the body of a lighter camera.


Edited by footeab on 02/09/2012 02:07:39 MST.

Fred eric
(Fre49) - MLife

Locale: France, vallée de la Loire
Re: OM-D on 02/09/2012 01:34:55 MST Print View

Waiting now on the 12-35 too.