Photography beyond the Horizon with Olympus’s OM SYSTEM OM-1

OM Digital Solutions has announced the release of the OM SYSTEM OM-1 in March 2022: This Micro Four Thirds System interchangeable lens camera has a tiny, lightweight design that provides improved mobility as well as high image quality. It will be available for purchase in early March 2022. As the OM SYSTEM flagship camera, this model will provide users with a one-of-a-kind experience, fueling photographers’ passion to create. This interchangeable lens camera allows for inspiration in a lightweight design that customers can carry with them everywhere to capture the photographs they want.

The OM SYSTEM OM-1 is the confluence of innovative devices and cutting-edge digital technology, offering image quality that exceeds sensor size expectations. It also has substantially superior focusing and sequential shooting capability than ordinary versions and significantly increases basic performance. Computational photography technology has been incorporated, allowing photographers to use features such as Live Composite and High Res Shot mode without the need for advanced shooting techniques, special equipment, or skills, resulting in a rich variety of expressive power for more photographic opportunities than ever before.

Because of the Micro, Four Thirds system’s excellent mobility, the OM SYSTEM OM- 1 can be taken anywhere at any time, allowing everyone to take advantage of its high performance to capture varied photographs with good image quality. OM SYSTEM brings you the newest generation Micro Four Thirds camera.

Going beyond the expectation of sensor size

This model has an OM SYSTEM-exclusive high-end compact, lightweight design, as well as the new 20 Megapixel Stacked BSI Live MOS sensor and the latest TruePic X picture processor, which is three times faster than prior models. The OM SYSTEM OM- 1 provides image quality that exceeds the sensor size’s expectations. It not only fully utilizes the high-resolution M.Zuiko Digital lens capabilities, offering our best-ever resolution, but new noise processing technology boosts the maximum normal sensitivity to ISO 25600 and expands the maximum sensitivity to ISO 102400. Furthermore, the dynamic range has been increased by utilizing cutting-edge picture processing technologies. These enhancements provide a wider spectrum of tone expressions, from shadows to highlights than ever before.

The OM SYSTEM OM-1’s high-performance image stabilization provides up to 8.0 steps3 of correction with 5-axis sync IS and up to 7 steps4 with the body alone. The new Handheld Assist feature makes it simple to capture slow shutter speed effects that used to necessitate the use of a tripod.

Empowering photographers to expand imaging experiences with computational photography

The OM SYSTEM OM-1 includes photographic expressions that previously required special equipment and a computer to composite photographs. These imaging features were implemented in this interchangeable lens camera at an early stage thanks to computational photography (advanced digital image processing) technology. The OM SYSTEM OM-1 combines the new TruePic X image processor, the new image sensor, and the most recent digital technology to improve and simplify computational photographic features. When combined with high-performance M.Zuiko PRO lenses, the system captures a wider spectrum of image expressions than the OM SYSTEM OM- 1.

High Res Shot

Processing time has been drastically reduced. Merging in Handheld High-Res Shot mode takes about five seconds. Due to its capacity to shoot high-resolution about 50 Megapixel photographs by merging numerous images, it is popular for landscape photography; and Tripod High-Res Shot, which makes ultra-high-resolution around 80 Megapixel images. Composite processing technology decreases noise in typically two steps, resulting in an incredibly high pixel count with minimal noise. For increased usage, a dedicated button on the camera is incorporated to swiftly switch between conventional photography and Handheld High-Res Shot/Tripod High Res Shot.

Live ND

Create slow shutter speed effects using an ND filter up to ND64 (six stages) (ND2 – ND64). When you use LV Simulation, you may preview the slow shutter speed effects in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel before shooting, and you can achieve the same results when using ultra-wide-angle lenses that cannot fit an ND filter.

Live Composite

Lighten Composite is used in this setting to add only the brighter areas to the composite image, preventing the usual problem of excessively bright images overall while photographing long exposures, resulting in lovely photos with lots of variation. This feature is now image stabilization compatible and can be used while shooting handheld.

Focus Stacking

This feature adjusts the focus to capture and assemble multiple pictures of photos that are in focus from foreground to background. For ease of use, the compositing time has been drastically decreased.

HDR Shooting

Multiple photos are blended to generate a single photograph with a wide dynamic range, including highlights and shadows.

Improved performance with new autofocus and AF/AE tracking for a maximum of 50 fps

On-chip Phase Detection in both vertical and horizontal directions is possible using a quad-division photodiode arrangement. Cross Quad Pixel AF with 1,053 cross-type points is included; designed to focus on varied patterns of subjects across all pixels and the complete shooting range. The new TruePic X processor’s high-speed calculation capabilities, along with the improved AF algorithm, enable fast, precise focusing on the subject no matter where it is in the frame. This model also includes AI Detection AF, which was created utilizing deep learning technology. In addition to faster and more precise subject recognition and tracking than ever before, this model can recognize formula cars, motorcycles, aeroplanes, helicopters, trains, and birds, as well as animals (dogs and cats). This functionality is supported by S-AF in addition to C-AF for photographing a larger range of scenarios. Face Priority/Eye Priority AF detection precision, tracking performance, and responsiveness have all been greatly enhanced.

Sequential shooting performance has also improved exponentially, reaching up to 50 fps blackout-free AF/AE tracking at roughly 20.37 Megapixels and up to 120 fps, AF/AE locked ultra-high-speed sequential shooting. You can experience sequential shooting at up to 50 fps (AF/AE tracking) and up to 120 fps (AF/AE locked) when utilizing Pro Capture, which is designed for capturing photos that are not possible during normal photography.


Enhanced dustproof and splashproof performance, coupled with a high-speed, high-resolution electronic viewfinder

The dustproof and splashproof performance is achieved by combining sealing materials at strategic spots on the robust, lightweight magnesium alloy body, ensuring IP53 dustproof and splashproof protection class6, as well as freezeproof performance, too – 10°C. This model is a formidable ally when shooting in harsh settings because it is tiny, lightweight, and has dustproof and splashproof performance. To provide ideal shooting comfort, the high-performance EVF has a 5.76 million dot resolution, a viewfinder magnification of up to 1.65x, a display delay of 0.005 seconds7, and a 120 fps high-speed display.

It not only has all of the advantages of an optical viewfinder, but it also has the advantages of a digital viewfinder, allowing you to observe subjects and check exposure even in low-light situations. On the OM SYSTEM OM-1, the menu screen configuration has been overhauled. Items have been split, combined, and reclassified, and explanations have been simplified to make it easier for first-time users to identify the needed functions and change settings.

Creators rejoice! Offering enhanced video functions

A tiny, lightweight design and industry-leading picture stabilisation enable stable handheld video recording. 4K 60p for smooth, high-definition videos and high-speed movies with Full HD videos at a maximum of 240p are among the creative video functions. The camera also supports H.264 (8bit), H.265 (10bit), and Multi-Frame Rate for video clips longer than 30 minutes. In addition to RAW data output to external devices at up to 12 bit 4:4:4 for advanced post-production tasks, the OM SYSTEM OM- 1 supports OM-Log for greater control over imaging expressions through colour grading, which allows users to capture highlights and shadows without overexposing or underexposing shots. For better HDR video recording, a new HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) video picture option has been added.

The Olympus OM-1 can be purchased from here at $3259.

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