Olympus finally unwraps its new OM-D Micro Four Thirds camera

Long rumoured Olympus OM-D digital camera finally gets official announcement on Best For Reviews

 

The wait is finally over! The camera all Olympus enthusiasts have been longing for has finally arrived, the next generation OM, the OM-D.
 
Taking inspiration from the iconic OM-series fondly remembered by many, the new OM-D is everything Olympus users have been waiting for. Styled on the classic OM design and featuring technologies from both the highly successful E-System D-SLRs and Micro Four Thirds PEN range, as well as new features that are debuting in the OM-D such as the world's first 5-axis image stabilisation system and the fastest AF in a compact interchangeable system camera. The OM-D really is the best of everything Olympus has to offer. 
 
No relation to the 1980's synth duo though.
 
Here's what Olympus has to say:
 
Olympus is taking the forty-year pedigree of the OM series into the next generation with the launch of the OM-D, featuring the world’s first*1 5- axis image stabilisation (IS) system to eliminate blur in stills and 
movies.  
 
See the blur reduction effect live via the fast electronic viewfinder, while simultaneously benefitting from the fastest*2 auto-focus of any interchangeable lens camera (including all D-SLRs) with a further refinement of the world-beating FAST AF (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) also found on the popular PEN series models.  
 
The camera’s innovative new 16.1 megapixel high-resolution Live MOS Sensor works in tandem with the powerful TruePic VI image processingengine to achieve outstandingly refined image quality and high 
sensitivity.  
 
The integrated 1.44 million dot high-definition electronic viewfinder lets the photographer to check manual adjustments to brightness and colour tones on-screen and with a new interface for exceptionally easy 
viewing.  
 
This faster, sharper, smarter camera comes attractively packaged in a durable dust-/splashproof magnesium-alloy body that ensures lets the OM-D go-anywhere.  
 
New accessories such as the optional HDL-6 power battery holder grip, MMF-3 Four Thirds mount adapter and FL-600R electronic flash add to its adaptability, while two new lens options – the  M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 
75mm 1:1.8 and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm 1:2.8 macro – are under development and will extend creative applications for the user.    
 
The OM-D (E-M5) comes in a silver or black body.  
 
The OM-D is available from April 2012 as a kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 for £1149.99. Body only price to be confirmed.  
 
Find out more by going to the official Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera site