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(FT5) First Olympus OM-D leaked image!


As you all know on February 8th Olympus will announce a new line of Micro Four Thirds cameras with the name “OM-D“.The image above is actually the very first image that shows a detail of the camera. This looks super well built with high quality finishes. I hope to get more details/pictures of the rest soon.

Summary of all rumors:
This will be the first digital camera of the prestigious OM series that this year will become 40 years old. The first film camera was the M-1 (launched in 1972) that was than renamed OM-1 because Leica put some pressure on Olympus to change the name (to not confuse it with the Leica M-series). A couple of days ago Olympus launched an advertising campaign on Amateur Photographer last page (Click here to see it: As you see the letter “O” and “M” are in bold! After that we discovered that Olympus registered the “OM-D” name at trademark.markify and the german patent institution (Click here). A Hong Kong invitiation from Olympus said the camera will be announced on February 8th. There is also a “coming soon” message on Olympus website.

I am pretty confident that those will be the specs (expect minor changes only):
– Camera has a classic OM design
– It has a magnesium body
– It is weathers sealed
– weight 373 g (body only).
– 16 megapixel sensor optimized for High Dynamic Range
– 200 up to 25.600 ISO
– Built-in electronic viewfinder 1.44 million dots (positioned in the center of the body like the old OM optical viewfinders and same resolution as the external VF-2 viewfinder (Click here to see on Amazon).
– 610.000 pixel OLED tilting 3 inch screen.
– Five-axis image stabilizer in body.
– FAST AF and 3D tracking
– Comes in Black or Silver.
– Price: Around $1.100 in USA or 1.000 Euro in Europe.

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Here are all the past Olympus OM film cameras:
M-1 OM-1 OM-1 MD OM-1N OM-2 OM-2N OM-2S/SP OM-3 OM-3Ti OM-4 OM-4T/Ti black and chrome OM-10 OM-20 (OM-G) OM-30(OM-F) OM-40 (OM-PC) OM-77AF (OM-707) OM-88 (OM-101) OM-2000


Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

  • Marck

    What a great shot!!!!!!!!!! Keep searching!

    • mpgxsvcd

      Looks great. Can’t wait to see the rest. Are we sure this is m4/3s and not 4/3s?

  • Jh

    Cool! Lööking fwd to this!

  • vromopodarix

    I see dials :)

  • Looks wonderful!

  • Wuulfgaeng

    Looks very interesting!

  • P

    ♥ :)

    • Anonymous

      What’s the big deal! Another piece of crap from Minolta marketed with rumors so you will too much for it.

  • Stu5

    The end of the camera is very OM-1 shaped and a nice shutter release you can squeeze gently like an OM-1. Build as you say looks very nice from this photo.The dials look very good in the way they would work. Very interesting.

  • Looks very promising….

  • Gunt

    w00t, but totally unexcited by this pic. red movie recording button, SRSLY?

    I actually rather hope this being a fake to be honest :/

    • SZRimaging

      Hey now, I need that button. It has been invaluable to me to be able to use video and photos off the same cam.

    • Agreed. Amazing, it’s amazing how even this tiny little cropped photo can say so much. This is going to be one sexy little camera.

    • Truth

      You misspelled your name.

      • Andy Taylor

        Buurrrrnnnn ;)

    • flash

      Cameras with red dots sell for a lot of money. :)

      Seriously, if a red dot bothers you you can put a sticker over it. No someone who did on the red dot rangefinder camera.

    • BS Artiste

      “w00t, but totally unexcited by this pic. red movie recording button, SRSLY?”

      I agree.

      Red? Seriously RED? I was so hoping for a BLUE button!


      Just kidding!

  • Tom B

    Great work! I like shiny black, I like Programable Function Buttons (implied by fn2), and nig strap lugs. :) What is that rear-ward curved curved lever behind the red button? Interesting!

    Anyway, I’m staring at the calendar (Feb 8) and my bank account……….

    • Jonas

      The “lever” looks like a thumb rest. Very nice feature :)

      • Archer

        I want a lever actuated wind-up generator, so it can operate w/out batteries, like my OM-1!

        • achiinto

          This is a good idea!! Like that flash light that operate without batteries.

    • Stu5

      It’s a grip for your thumb.

      • TheEye

        A thumb rest!

    • karay

      Those strap lugs can get in the way when you try to steady your camera against a wall for example. Otherwise very nice :)

      • Stu5

        Your hand holding the camera will get in the way first.

      • Mr. Reeee

        Never rely on basic technique when you have IBIS! ;-)

  • TheEye

    I will now faint.

  • Anonymous

    I want to see more!! I would be great if they also offered an underwater housing for it as well!

  • pake

    Just wondering what happened to the “revolutionary hybrid optical/eletronic viewfinder” that the very first rumours about this(?) camera suggested…?

    • flash

      I not sure if it was optical electronic or what but there were rum ours, that the real new technology was in the viewer and it was revolutionary. If it only refreshed a couple of time faster or something, just a bit better then the V2. So I wonder to.

  • nobody

    I don’t know, but that doesn’t look very OM like to me…

    • Stu5

      It looks very OM-1. It’s the shape of the end of the body. Oversized shutter release. You can see the influence in the shape and design ideas.

    • Fan

      OM just means:
      – viewfinder in the middle (with hump)
      – a few dials and buttons

  • Berneck1

    Hmmmm, this looks VERY intriguing!

  • Richard

    Inspired by OM doesn’t mean that it’s an exact copy.

    • David

      Thank goodness

  • Diane B

    I haven’t owned an Olympus since the E10-went Canon both APSc and FF for many years and now in addition m4/3 but Panny since Dec 2008 with 3 bodies. I’ve been looking at NEX (and will continue to) but the new Oly could make it interesting enough to put it into the mix for an upgrade down the road in next year or so. I’m in no hurry since the G3 is serving nicely but I’m interested in what Oly comes out with in this camera. In truth the retro doesn’t interest me at all though, just the specs and ergonomics.

    • Vivek

      I have the GH-2s and would look at the GH-3 when it is released as well.

      Specs and ergonomics- two key things for me as well! :)

    • Stu5

      If you are interested in ergonomics then the retro part is of interest to you because that is what the OM-1 was good with.

      • Vivek

        Oh, I will buy it even if the performance is on par with the GH-2 (Excellent!) as a show of support for Olympus! ;)

      • Esa Tuunanen

        Gripless retro brick isn’t ergonomic.
        I’ve handled that brick style SLR long enough.

  • David

    I have a feeling it will between this and the Fuji X-Pro 1 for me.

  • Steve-O

    Okay, must admit it, now I’m getting really excited! A 16MP sensor optimized for DR, Olympus processing/colors, OM-style magnesium weather-sealed body, built-in VF2 (or better), Five-axis IBIS (better than E-5?), FAST AF and 3D tracking, and an affordable price.

    I feel like we may at last have found our way out of the wilderness, finally a high quality successor to the E-xxx line.

    Keep the info and pics coming, Admin. Great job!

    • I really hope that high dynamic range is built into the sensor not just a HDR jpeg setting which I’m sure will make it in.

  • Michael Devitt

    Metal controls? Nice touch Olympus ;). Fingers crossed for breakthrough sensor. Those fantastic m4/3 primes would really deserve it.

  • It’s a fairly long stretch of the top plate we see (including both wheels). I wonder if there really is room for a central hump then. Or maybe the lens axis is far off-center, like on the E-1?

    • The Real Stig

      Don’t you find your blindness hampers your photography? The pic is not even showing one third of the top plate. Look at the strap lugs to get a sense of the scale.

  • bobn


  • marilyn

    im going crazy… i want one please help me resist temptation…

    • Riley

      I knew I shouldnt have worn makeup…

  • ep3zd50_ninja

    i love the finish!!!

    I wish the PASM dial includes the Mysets (instead of iauto, art, etc).

    admin, anything about 43 support? pdaf in particular.

    • Robert

      Yeah, am also really hoping for 43 support. Hope to be able to use my wonderful 43 glass easily. fingers crossed.

  • Justin

    Don’t love the record button placement and am wondering about the nature of that shutter release. What is the dial-like disc below it? Hope the hump on this sucker isn’t too big.

  • Berneck1

    The more I look at this I can’t help but think it’s going to have a retro look, but with programmable dials like the NEX-7. The best of both worlds?!!! Thoughts?

  • Any guess as to what the icon on the Fn.2 button is? Kind of looks like the back of the Nikon V1

    I really hope Olympus don’t put the stupid ‘motion clip with still and cheesy music’ feature that Nikon did with the V1 into this Pen.

    Gonna be hard enough to deal with some of the Art Filters but at least you can turn them off. Hopefully a custom menu will be added so I can only add the features to it that I want and skip on the ones I don’t.

    • Justin

      Button looks like a histogram.

    • i think this icon looks like graduation settings.

      • Robert

        like graduation curve. maybe built-in Photoshop? SCNR :-). Interesting anyway

  • mister_roboto

    Admin: Do you know if this is the price for body only or with the kit lens?

  • r

    very nice!
    hmm but why iso 200?

    • Justin

      Yeah I don’t lke that. It suggests teh sensor is optimized for high iso photography rather than high res sharp low iso opportunities.

  • aqasem

    Does it support 1080p/60 AVCHD 2.0 ?

  • Befürworter

    So, als nächstes dann bitte nen komplettes Bild!

    • Gabi

      Diesen Antrag möchte ich befürworten! ;-)

  • OlyDude

    Well, there goes my hope to see a dial around the lens mount.
    Looks like they have two on top already.

    • Leave a reply

      Shutter speed, exposure compensation dial… and aperture dial around the lens mount!! That’d be sweet!

    • NT

      Aber sowas von!!!

  • Joe

    You are the man! This is one of the sites that automatically opens whenever I open my browser. I love the mu43 camera system and I love your website. As a former E-PL1 and E-PL2 user and a current GH2, I can’t wait to see what Olympus will bring us. Hopefully you can get more teasers for us. Thank you once again!

    Danke, merci, and grazie!

    Joe Gunawan |

  • Z

    @ Admin, Jan 17 you wrote the weight will be 425 (not 373). Which is correct?

    • admin

      The other rumors came from Digicaminfo (external source). The same soruce from the pictures gave me the correct weight.

      • nobody

        Maybe one number is with battery and the other one without?

    • 425-373=52. A BLS-1 weighs 46 grams. Close enough?

  • nobody

    Could it be that the top surface of the right wheel is somewhat photoshopped? That the lettering is blacked out? Looks unnatural on my monitor.

    • The image is surely computer generated, like most PR images of new products these days

  • spanky

    So far so good… Can’t wait to see more. And it’s coming out on my birthday, so hey.

  • Bob B. I see..this is like a strip tease….
    so..should I be saying Oh My Goodness???? LOL!

  • Does look as if they are going with the “assignable knobs” concept a la NEX-7, rather than dedicated permanently marked knobs a la Fuji. Possibly more confusing but also more customizable.

    I’m one of those who scoffed at the wild talk of “revolutionary” features, but this really is starting to look like a practical, useful camera.

    Hey, Admin, any signals on how it will handle wireless TTL flash? That’s the only major feature (other than in-body stabilization) that Olympus has and Panasonic doesn’t… might be worth adding an Olympus body just to get this capability.

    • emde

      Any E-System DLSR had customisable dials, just as the PENs have. Why should they change that? Another advantage is that you can assign 1/3 stop, 1/2 stop or full stop increments to a dial-click and you’re not bound to the setting a fixed Fuji-dial allows…

  • Charlie

    Thank goodness it has a shutter release button. I was really hoping for one of those!

  • The icon next to the Fn button looks similar to the tone control one of my E-PL3 – that would be clever, because it’s an alternative to EV correction and might even have to do with extended Dynamic Range.

    As Marylin said it’s hard to resist temptation – I keep telling myself that I don’t need such a (heavy) camera :)

    In this clever striptease/controlled leak it’s funny to see that they don’t give out the marks on the main dial and they don’t show if there is one with the shutter speeds.

    The VF must be the ultimate secret. Because if combined with an optical path it might have to do with precise MF and/or PDAF sensors.

    So keep the stuff coming…

  • Jón

    Promising… seems like Olympus designers really put some thought in this. I did miss the oversized front dial from my E-1, this seems to be just as good…

    • T-L

      Agree, way better than Canon-ish design of E-3 and E-5. ;)

  • HB

    Oh Lord won’t you buy me an OM-D :-)

    • Farrukh


  • Archer

    I’m pretty sure that ‘5 axis’ really means ”’5 stops’ which is still fine with me.

    The top isn’t terribly OM like, IMHO, but that’s ok, tech moves on, and yesterday’s interface is inadequate for today’s cameras.

    OM-D5 seems like an obvious attempt to show a direct continuation of the OM line, which I find somewhat amusing.

    Regardless, this may be the camera that gets me more serious about digital, as it sounds like it will hit most of my check boxes.

  • Hot or not, one finds it difficult to take news seriously when there are so many typos.

    • Bob B.

      Perhaps you could volunteer your time to be the proof-reader for the site, ? Admin has a day job, English is his fifth language and he needs some help. :-)

      • mclarenf3


      • Sven


      • Gabi


    • No, I think they really mean “5 axis” — compensation for linear movement along all three axes, plus compensation for twisting movement on two axes (I will guess they don’t compensate for yaw as that’s something you might be doing intentionally.)

  • alvaro

    sexy! controls everywhere

  • That top section looks beauuuuuuuuutiful. Thanks for the info.


  • Boooo!

    Looks interesting. Can’t wait to see what the sensor is like – if it’s good, then it’ll probably be in the E-7 later.

  • pingflood

    One thing: if you extrapolate the dial to the right in the image it looks like it would cover at least half the “OLYMPUS” logo. So if the logo is centered as on the OMs then the dial would be right where you would expect the “hump”, which has me wondering if the viewfinder is not centered after all.

    • Or have the lens axis far to the left, like on the E-1. That’s my impression too.

  • pingflood

    Sorry, duplicate.

  • Any chance the very same source hands in a full… or even multiple images ?

    Just asking because the suspense is killing me… :D

  • Kaloksi

    This is getting more and more interesting …

  • The Master

    Hopefully, the aperture adjust dial has more resistance than the E420 did, which really made it feel cheap to me.

  • Nikku

    I came.

  • pingflood

    Actually, now that I see the image posted on DPreview which is from here, it says OM not OLYMPUS (for some reason the image stops at the O on 43rumors, maybe due to my browser?) so nix that non-centered speculation. :)

  • Robert

    more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more more pleeeeeease. OMg, can’t wait any more. Want that. Now!

  • AWESOME! Let’s give olympus some credit. Finally no silver buttons. Black and nice dials. I know cameras are rated for picture quality, but looks like I’ll buy this one for the feel and usability of the camera. Well done Olympus! Very excited for the coming news. I’m glad I bought my wife the GH2 for video, but if the GH3 (or GHX3)has build quality like this, I may be torn.

    • admin

      I will buy it. If the sensor really does what I hear…

      • Admin,

        In the end, I think that the sensor will make or break the success of this camera.

        I hope Oly can pull it off!

        • Narretz

          I think the camera can be a success anyway. But the sensor performance will elevate the camera from good and successful (e.g. in EP-3 terms) to really good and extremely successful (like Fuji X100 successful). Maybe it is for stills in m43 what the GH-2 is for video.

        • Bob B.

          Agreed. All of this hype is just fluff if the sensor isn’t something groundbreaking.

    • GH3 no ibis, I think I am going to get the oly

  • If the main dials are programmable a’ la NEX this is not going to be aa retro camera at all, in a good way.

    Thinking about the X Pro 1 I was already considering that I shoot so rarely in shutter priority that a full blown wheel is wasted on me.

    In fact these controls were born in film before auto exposure, and were left there in case you were not satisified with it, which is hardly the case now.

    If there is a 3d dial as leaked before – on the other side of the hump? Because I concur that the hump might not be dead in the center.

  • Farrukh

    Not sure why they have a tick box up there, but otherwise, yes please!

    • mclarenf3

      It’s usually meant to be able to select multiple photos while in photo view mode. When in photo view mode, the record button won’t be assigned to recording but to selecting images.

      That’s my stab at it anyway.

  • dj

    Oh–looks good!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i hope the hump is dead center -where it belongs: center humps are better for telephoto work. If all those specs are true then Im gonna start saving now.

  • btw… I don’t think the dial would pose a problem for a centered (or rather almost centered) hump.

    Just look at the OM-1.

    Or am I missing something here ?

  • Sven

    So its gonna have at least 2 FN buttons….
    Exciting news… cant wait for more pics… and specs..

  • JF

    Very hot picture !! :D

  • safaridon

    Thank you Admin for all the good work on providing these for us and for those contributing the info and photos. I don’t know how you manage it as 43rumors seems like more than a full time job in itself.

    Looking at this top view I am amazed just how similar the control layout is to that of the Lumix GX1? Just maybe there is a little more co-operation between Oly and Pany then they admit as each provides various parts to each other? So just maybe they will share a new improved sensor also with Oly sharing the EPSON EVF? My guess is that Pany may have a very similar weathersealed model in the works soon to be released either the GH3 or GX2? The Oly one will have IBIS while the Pany one will have lens OIS. Oly had only recently come out with a complete line of PENs so this OM-D so soon afterwards is quite a surprise even if a more revolutionary model was rumored for some time. Closer cooperation between Oly and Pany is essential for them to meet the challenges being mounted on either side by others like the Nikon 1s, Nexs, and Fuji.

    My guess is this Oly OM-D will be very attractive to many with its high grade all metal body with new IBIS, swivel screen, and OM shape as compared to larger plastic look alike DSLRs with smaller darker viewfinders.

    • Narretz

      It’s actually not that similar. The OM-D has apparently two dials, one of them with shutter release, a movie button and an fn2 button.

      The GX-1 has one dial (with on/ off switch), a shutter release, a movie button, and an iAuto (cringe) button.

  • Duarte Bruno

    Is this a real product shot?
    Why aren’t there any labels on the wheels? Photoshopped out to protect the source?

    • Camaman

      Pure calculated leak.
      It keeps us junkies coming back for more, hour after hour!! :-)

  • testing the strikethrough tag…

  • OlyFan

    Wow! It does look high quality. If the image quality matches my expectation, this may indeed be my next camera. I hope Oly finds a solution to the problem of extending native support to 4/3 lenses! That would be sweet!

  • Scott

    Love the dial. I can stand my ep-3 dial on the back I was hoping to have one on the front :-)

  • Narretz

    Hold on to your butts, these are going to be some interesting weeks!

  • Anna_T

    On the 17th January, it was supposed to weight 425 gr. Which is right ?
    A variangle lcd ? what is that ? same as the E-Pl3 or same as the G3 ?

    • Fuente

      425 g is with the Li-ion battery + memory card, 373 g is without them.
      The 3-inch OLED is a tilting touchscreen.

  • Bad beat

    That might be an image of the product, but it does not look like a photograph. Looks more like a 3D render. Bet my left kidney(well used) its generated.

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