Olympus OM-D

Olympus Teases New High-End Four Thirds DSLR

Olympus has confirmed it's working on a new camera body to be used with its high-end Zuiko Digital ED lenses. The company told Engadget: "A new camera body is currently under study to complement our line of Zuiko Digital Specific Four Thirds lenses. However, Olympus has NOT issued a press release on this new camera body."

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The response came after DP Review published on Friday what they called a "press release" from Akira Watanabe, manager of Olympus' Imaging SLR Planning Department. Here's what the "press release" said:

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Now Available for Pre-Order

After several leaks and rumors the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is finally here. The Micro Four Thirds entry takes design cues entirely from its predecessors starting with the OM-1 35mm SLR launched in 1972. The sealed magnesium alloy body will be available in black and silver and is packed with improvements over the PEN model line.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Silver Front

Highlights include a 16.1 megapixel Live MOS image sensor along with what Olympus claims is the world's fastest auto focus system. Not only this, but the company has built the first five-axis image stabilization system into the E-M5 for still and video recording. An electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million dot resolution and a 3-inch, 610k-pixel OLED tilting display are also part of the package.

Olympus OM-D Camera: Leaked Photo Revealed

We've already heard that the Olympus OM-D camera is scheduled for an official announcement on February 8th. More information on specifications and a photo of the OM-D shutter release button have leaked out ahead of the official Olympus event. The photo is shown below and is the first of its kind to be revealed by 4/3 Rumors.

Olympus OM-D preview leak

Although only a small portion of the OM-D is visible, it looks to be finished well. The model pictured is black, however Olympus is expected to follow the trend of retro styling seen in other cameras such as the Fujifilm X-Pro1. This would be a fitting tribute to the long line of Olympus OM film cameras.

Olympus OM-D to Launch on February 8th

Olympus is planning a mirrorless digital update for its OM line of cameras, the last of which was named the OM-2000. The successor is said to be the OM-D and will be announced by Olympus on Wednesday, February 8th according to a report by 4/3 Rumors.

Olympus OM-D Camera

The latest in a long line of OM classics, including the OM-1, OM-4 and OM-10 among others will be a mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera with the same impeccable retro styling. The difference is that the OM-D will be packed with the latest digital technology inside the chassis.