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NewsPoster Sep 10, 2013 06:23 AM
Olympus shipping OMD E-M1 Micro Four Thirds camera in October
Olympus has launched a new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera, one that leaked <a href=" ic.viewfinder/" rel='nofollow'>early last month</a>. The <a href="" rel='nofollow'>OMD E-M1</a>, claimed by the camera maker to be the successor to the <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Olympus E-5</a>, uses a 16.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor combined with a new TruePic VII image processor for noise reduction at high ISOs, and a new Fine Detail Processing II engine for configuring the appropriate sharpness for individual lenses and reducing video compression artifacts. <br />
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Capable of offering 10 frames per second shooting with a 41-picture RAW buffer in single autofocus mode and 6.5fps with a 50-image RAW buffer in continuous autofocus mode, the OMD E-M1 switches between a 37-point on-chip phase detection autofocus or 81-point contrast detection autofocus depending on the type of lens used. A five-axis image stabilization system with Multi-Motion IS, a 1/8000th of a second mechanical shutter, and sensitivity up to 25,600 ISO are also mentioned. <br />
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The rear-facing, 3-inch tiltable LCD touchscreen on the rear is accompanied by a built-in 2.36 million-dot EVF and a 2x2 Dial Control system for adjusting four most-used camera functions. Integrated Wi-Fi allows for remote control via a smartphone, with an LCD-based QR code helping with the initial connection, as well as GPS data embedding. Olympus claims that the OMD E-M1 is weather-sealed, making it dust-proof, splash-proof, and freeze-proof down to a temperature of 14 degrees Fahrenheit. <br />
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Shipping in October, the Olympus OMD E-M1 will cost $1,400 for the body alone, or $2,200 with an M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens.
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