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OM System celebrates OM-1’s fiftieth anniversary with a brand new digicam announcement on February fifteenth

OM Digital has confirmed that there’s a product announcement approaching February 15th starting at midday EST (5pm UK time) for a brand new digicam. They’ve been teasing a brand new “wow” digicam for a short while now and this 12 months marks the fiftieth anniversary of the unique and legendary Olympus OM-1. So, it looks like pretty much as good a time as any to launch the primary highly effective digicam beneath the new OM System brand.

The timing is kind of fascinating, coming simply a week before the announcement of the Panasonic GH6 on February twenty first (or twenty second, relying on the place on the planet you reside). And whereas info on each cameras could be very restricted, they appear to be on a really comparable stage, they appear to be focusing on the same viewers with some very comparable video specs if the rumours are true. Besides, the OM is perhaps considerably cheaper.

In accordance with the rumours to this point, of which there aren’t many, the digicam is definitely anticipated to be referred to as the OM-1. It’s an fascinating, if not barely complicated identify, provided that Olympus already launched an OM-1 50 years in the past. It’s actually going to make looking out the used market a bit of extra difficult. However “OM” is the corporate’s initials now, too, and this can be their first new digicam launch since taking the reins from Olympus. So, in that sense, OM-1 is smart.

In the case of the specs to this point, we don’t have loads to go on for both the brand new digicam from OM Digital or the Panasonic GH6. Just a few bits of information have been teased on the GH6 development announcement last May, however not loads. And for the OM, it’s all simply rumours proper now.

  OM-1 (Rumors) GH6 (Talked about throughout improvement announcement)
Sensor 20MP Sony IMX472 New high-speed sensor & venus engine “by no means been seen earlier than on a Lumix digicam”
4K Video 4K60p 10-Bit 4:2:2 4K DCI 60fps 10-Bit 4:2:2
5,7K Video Unknown 5.7K 60fps 10-Bit
Sluggish Movement 4K DCI 120fps 12-bit RAW 4K 120fps HFR/VFR
Value “Barely above $2,000” “$2,500(ish)”
Announcement date February fifteenth February twenty first

The OM digicam is predicted to have “improved AF monitoring” in addition to “astro monitoring”, however improved over what’s unclear. Panasonic hasn’t mentioned something in regards to the sensor or decision, however given the truth that it shoots 5.7K video suggests it’s going to be a minimum of round 25-megapixels (if it’s the usual 4:3 sensor). The OM digicam, however, is rumoured to be a 20-megapixel Sony IMX472. Because of this we gained’t see video resolutions to match the GH6, with it solely having a horizontal decision of 5,280 pixels.

What’s fascinating in regards to the Sony IMX472 sensor anticipated to be within the OM digicam, although, is that it in accordance with Sony’s spec sheet, it might shoot 2640×1318 decision at 10-Bit at as much as 469 frames per second. Meaning we might probably see some fairly excessive 1080p document speeds for tremendous gradual movement. 1080p at 360-400fps wouldn’t essentially be out of the query and would give it a definite benefit over a lot of the competitors – however I wouldn’t get your hopes up.

There’s no occasion scheduled on the OM System Japan YouTube channel, though there’s a hyperlink to their channel on the countdown page. So, I count on there’ll be one coming when the timer runs out. You possibly can see the complete schedule of worldwide occasions for the day in numerous languages here.

[via 4/3 Rumors]

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