(FT5) New Olympus OMD camera to be announced in January already!


Image on top. The “Full Frame” OM-1 film camera.

Highly trusted sources confirmed that Olympus will launch an “exciting” new OMD camera in January! The camera will be displayed at the CP+ show in Japaan in mid February. I have no specs yet but the sources told me that this isn’t an evolution of a current camera. It’s something VERY(!) different. Sounds damn good to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe they will (again) take inspiration form the past and bring some digital version of past OM cameras? Which one would you like most?  OMD camera history:
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.

As usual stay tuned on 43rumors to get more details soon!

P.S.: I don’t know if Olympus will also announce the digital Olympus Trip 35 camera (here on eBay) on the same event…

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  • nitcha

    since sony is launching FF foveon like sensor camera in jan. it is possible it has sold similar sensor for M4/3 to Olympus which will be seen in this new camera

  • MyName

    Does someone really believe that Olympus will introduce improved camera, and by that I mean camera with exeptional video capabilities? You’re naive folk, that’s all I can say.

    • BdV

      Well, I wouldn’t be totally surprised if they decided to go for something to match the GH4 capabilities. That would be more than exceptional enough for me concerning video performance (I don’t use it). It would be nice if there were also some interesting improvements for stills photography, maybe better continuous AF or something, but to be honest, I can’t think of much that would make me buy a new OM-D. Does this make me naive?

    • MikeK

      What’s your problem? E-M1 already has very good video quality.
      A little fine-tuning can surely be done by Olympus.

      • KeepUpgrading

        A little fine tuning by who? Olympus? You have to be joking. They are not capable of supporting their current line of products. Video is not fine and Olympus admits it and keeps promising to fix it albeit incrementally. You can get better video out of an iPhone 5. They somehow think they are like Apple and you are willing to buy incremental upgrades for hundreds or thousands of dollars. Next your shiny new so called Pro-EM1 will be outmoded by a new EM5II.

  • Kevin Shoban

    Curved M43 foveon like sensor, with 5dmkiii light sensitivity, and 1dx focus performance. Keep the same frame rate as em5, and weather sealed of course. Also, focus peaking is stupid. How about you make it like a classic camera and put the little focus circle in the middle, and make it easy and nostalgic for us to manual focus? If I’m not mistaken, curved sensors allow for even smaller lenses? So, with that said, throw in a 200-400mm f/4-f/5.6 little lens, and I’ll give you all the money!!!

    Of course, keep it small (EM1 grip looks stupid and makes the camera bigger, so keep em5 like design). Thanks Olympus. I’m sure you are taking everything I have just written seriously and will respond properly.

    • MikeK

      Impossible, I fear, because a curved sensor would probably be incompatible with current lenses.

      • Mk.82

        Yes it would be.

        The curved lens only benefit is that we would get same distance from focal point to center of sensor and from focal point to edge of the sensor.

        That would mean that the vignetting would be non-existing and lens design and polishing would become much easier as whole sensor gets always same light density.

        As well light ray angle hitting to pixels edge of sensor would be direct instead coming in angle and that will make whole sensor work better as one main problems is that sensor reflects some light back to objective, that reflects inside it between lenses until coming back as ghosting and causing weaker contrast, or worst as mirror of the sensor itself. That is happening with all Sony A7 models.

        • MikeK

          There may be a small chance if they come up with a solution that allows variable bending. The sensor needs to be flexible and is only fixed in the center. Some gears could then lift up the edges according to the lens that is mounted… just dreaming.
          Maybe I should file a patent application. ;-)

          • BdV

            This sounds like the future indeed… a sort of (virtual hologram energy field kind of…) sensor that can find it’s optimal shape, depending on the lens used.

  • If it’s very different and new it “have be the” new remote controlled box. If it’s not so new it may be a” new E-M5 MKII. My guess, somewhat better ergonomics, new 24 mpix sensor and 4K video. And not to forget, a bunch of new art filters!

  • panny

    Olympus with X-Trans/Foveon Hybrid. Woohoo! Climbing Mt. Olympus will be hard!

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