The OM System OM1 broke away from the Olympus title to ship an inventory of progressive options in a small package deal. That checklist, which incorporates quad pixel autofocus, IP53 rated weather-sealing, and 50 fps velocity, could also be precisely what the Micro 4 Thirds system wants to stay related in an business now teaming with full body our bodies. But when the OM1 is the corporate’s flagship, what’s subsequent for the former-Olympus mid-range our bodies?
Early studies recommend that an OM5 is coming within the fall. These studies name for the OM5 to have the identical sensor and battery because the OM1, however with a 15 fps burst velocity. OM Digital Options (OMDS) has not commented on these studies and, as such, these particulars stay hypothesis. However, if I may decide and select what a successor to the Olympus E-M5 Mark III seems to be like, there are a handful of options I’d like to see: a mixture of OM1 and E-M5 Mark III options in a smaller, extra reasonably priced physique.
The Identical Retro Look, with a Few Key Enhancements
The E-M5 Mark II was a very great-looking digicam. extra so than the Mk III. It might be a disgrace if OM System did away with the retro styling. Whereas I’m hoping to nonetheless see these basic dials and a silver shade possibility, the digicam wants a joystick. Utilizing single-point autofocus mode with out one is irritating, and as a mid-line possibility, it actually wants one. Whereas I’m anticipating a compact physique, a second SD card slot and a touchscreen would even be an ideal addition.
IP Rated Climate Resistance
I’ve come to anticipate fairly rugged sturdiness from Olympus cameras. However, the OM System takes this a bit additional by placing an IP score on it: mainly, telling us simply how a lot water and mud the digicam is anticipated to face up to. That is nice as a result of “weather-sealing” means various things to totally different producers. To some, that simply means the lens mount is sealed. I hope OM System continues to IP price all their cameras.
The Autofocus Smarts of the OM1
With a 15 fps burst velocity, the autofocus on the OM5 wouldn’t must be as quick — however I’m hoping it’s at the least as good. The OM1 has fairly good eye AF for individuals. For birds on a department, it does fairly properly too. Whereas I’d be stunned if the autofocus system was smarter than the seemingly pricier OM1, the scene and animal detection may nonetheless see some enhancements. It’s not fairly nearly as good as Canon and Sony’s, and monitoring birds in flight could be a battle. Nonetheless, Micro 4 Thirds lenses have a 2x crop issue that’s nice for wildlife pictures. If OM System can sustain with autofocus smarts, it may very well be an enormous draw for wildlife.
Panasonic made a mistake once they took Stay Composite out of the GH6. I hope to seek out all of Olympus’ regular slew of good photograph modes intact, together with Stay Composite, Focus Stacking, and Handheld Excessive Res. Making tough pictures simpler is an enormous draw for the Micro 4 Thirds system — that and the small our bodies and 2x crop on these telephoto lenses. Computational pictures units Olympus aside — they should stick with it.
What concerning the Processor?
The studies recommend the OM5 can have the identical 20-megapixel sensor because the OM1. If the OM5 is a mid-line mannequin, there should be sacrifices to maintain the worth low. I think a type of may very well be the processor. If the digicam has the reported 15 fps velocity, that means a processor that’s not as quick. The difficulty is, the processor additionally influences noise at excessive ISOs. If the OM5 doesn’t have the TruePic X processor, picture high quality in low gentle received’t be fairly as spectacular. The E-M5 Mark III makes use of the VIII — hopefully, the OM5 makes use of at the least the IX, the processor within the older Olympus E-M1.
For now, an OM5 is concept — however the right combination of options may assist Micro 4 Thirds draw new customers.