First picture of the upcoming Olympus OM-D camera

On the first leaked picture of the Olympus OM-D camera we can see two of the dials on the top plate (previously reported here). The new camera is expected to be announced on February 8th, 2012. The price is expected to be around $1,100.00 in the US.

In a recent newsletter from the Focus on Imaging expo, the new Olympus camera was described as "high-end product aimed at the enthusiast market":

Focus 2012 will be the first UK viewing of Olympus’ hot new high-end product aimed at the enthusiast market. To be formally announced on 8 February, Olympus promises an action-packed stand full of surprises to mark the occasion – One Major camera’s much anticipated first public view in the UK. We can’t tell you what but there is a clue beginning with One.

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  • Harold Ellis

    lol high end

  • fants

    That thumb rest looks interesting. Looks like they’re really pushing the retro deal, which isn’t a bad thing in my personal opinion (it seems to be a rather divisive issue).

  • Camaman

    uuuu….. thumb rest, single click video. 🙂

    Fn2 means there is also Fn1, so at least two programmable buttons.
    No threaded shutter so no mushroom addon. But I can make a red silicone cushion to make it sexier.
    But it has a directional dial on the same place as shutter. Means button power on/off somewhere else on the body.

    So far looks OK. 🙂

    • Hmmm I wonder what is this sign that looks like a blue check mark on the top dial near the direct video button

      • 50mil

        It’s the same blue check mark that’s on the E-PL3. Nothing new.

  • Camaman

    BTW it doesn’t look thick at all! At least not on that side! 🙂

  • M4/3?

    $1,100 bucks for a M4/3 camera? What a rip off!

    • Albert

      The E-P3 is already, what, $900? Doesn’t seem outrageous.

      • Nick

        When I think about the actual component/manufacturing cost of the E-P3, I realize what you meant to say was: “They both seem equally outrageous.”

        • Albert

          When you think about the actual component/manufacturing cost of 90% of electronics, you could think the same thing. The price is what the market is willing to pay for it, not what YOU’RE willing to pay for it. So I’m comparing apples to apples. It’s a step above the E-P3, so it’s priced as such.

          Personally, I wouldn’t pay $1100 for a new M4/3 body (I’m happy with my GF1), but I’m not going to chastise the price.

    • Say what? For $1100 you get possibly the best AF in the mirrorless world, weather seals, a built in high-res EVF, nice manual knobs and controls, most likely a 3″ touch screen OLED screen, in-body shake reduction, magnesium aloy body, and built-in wireless flash control all in a package small enough to actually not be a bother to carry.

      I don’t know about you, but to me this sounds like an absolute perfect travel, street, and outdoor enthusiasts camera. This will be the first weather sealed camera I know of that weighs under 1lb. Backpackers everywhere will rejoice. I have no desire at all to carry a 1.5lb+ DSLR with me ever again.

      There’s more to camera cost than sensor size. I think $1100 is a great price for all of that. I couldn’t be happier.

      • bob2

        “For $1100 you get possibly the best AF in the mirrorless world…”

        Not by a long shot–Thom Hogan panned it:

        Said Thom Hogan, “In particular, I was interested in the difference between performance of the Panasonic G3, the latest Olympus Pens (with claimed “world’s fastest AF”), and the Nikon V1. Simple answer: it wasn’t even a contest, as the V1 won hands down every time.”

        Olympus has a wonderful tradition of making very grandiose claims and failing to meet them. It also claimed fastest AF with the E-3, only to fail brutally when the light goes slightly dim, at which point it slowed down to a pig in mud or couldn’t even lock focus, whereas comparable Nikons easily could. Olympus claimed that 43rd would result in smaller cameras, but their E series was only marginally smaller than comparable Nikons and Canons, while the 43rd sensor is 1/2 the size (area) of APS-C and 1/4 the size of FF (more noise and less DR, what a wonderful tradeoff!). What do you get–Art Filters, for $1,100. No thanks!

        • That is precicely why I said *possibly* the best AF system in the world and not definitely the best AF system…

          I’ve used an E-P3 extensively, so I know it’s more than fast enough for my needs, and I’m simply assuming they will speed it up even more for the OM-D. Will it be enough to catch up with the Nikon V1? Who knows, but it’s not out of the realm of posabilty.

          I have no idea why you’re bringing up the failures of the 4/3’s system, they are well documented, however most all of those issues have been fixed in m4/3’s. M4/3’s lenses are indeed much smaller than their APS-C counterparts, and the performance of 4/3’s sensors have improved enough that they are no longer an issue for anyone with even an ounce of photographic skill.

          The bottom line is if the image quality of current m4/3’s cameras is beneath your skill level, as you imply, then kudos to you. If you know of another sub 1lb interchangeable lens camera that can take the pounding of a year of hiking in bad weather then I’m all ears. However, to me, this OM-D sounds like a dream come true. Olympus’ outstanding weather sealing finally in a small body? Sign me up.

          • “If you know of another sub 1lb interchangeable lens camera that can take the pounding of a year of hiking in bad weather then I’m all ears.”

            Pentax K-5. And the sensor’s image quality will probably *destroy* this, as sexy as it looks. I’ve been shooting OM film SLRs for 20+ years, so to me it’s the ideal cam ergonomically – form factor, critical adjustments done with cam at eye. Most critically, size and weight + weather seals.

            Pentax K-5 has all this with the current best APS-C sensor.

          • Kasey

            Current price around $1300 for the Pentax, and can I use all my different lenses (I have OM, 4/3, Contax, EOS) on the K-5? Sounds like two strikes against the K-5 if you ask me.

          • I’m a former Pentax K-7 owner, so I know all about the K-5. It was the last DSLR I’ll ever own. Still way too heavy and bulky. The body alone is 1.5lbs, certainly not sub-1lb. Things are even worse if you want Canikon. The D7000 weighs 1.7lbs.

            43 Rumors now reporting that the OM-D will indeed have the fastest AF of all mirrorless cameras. So we shall see.

          • bob2

            @eric: I bring up Olympus’s 43rd failures because Olympus consistently overpromises and underdelivers, resulting in at least one very unhappy customer (moi). I also respectfully disagree that Olympus’s 43rd failures have been corrected–Olympus removed the mirror, but kept the same poor sensor capabilities compared to APS-C and FF–high noise and poor DR. With the advances in Sony’s latest sensors, the gap is even bigger.

            Don’t get me wrong–in the right conditions (good light) m43rd/43rd does deliver excellent image quality, but so does a Canon G7 from 2006–check out LuLa for that old comparison (Phase One and compact Canon). It’s at the fringes/extremes that Olympus fails to deliver, and one major reason why it never gained traction with pros and advanced users. Simply reusing the OM brand will sell a few cameras, but that will last about 1-2 cycles, and then fall off, IMO.

    • ronnbot

      Think about it for a second.

      It is…
      – the only weather sealed mirrorless

      – the cheapest (i.e. lowest introductory price) interchangeable, weather sealed camera – DSLR or mirrorless

      – cheaper than other (non-m4/3) mirrorless w/ EVF

      Either you’re broke or a pixel peeper that only value the sensor’s size/MP.

    • big_glass

      Probably a Nikon 1 troll.

  • Ex3

    “We can’t tell you what but there is a clue beginning with One.”
    1:1 crop factor ?

    • MJr

      first one of a new line. OM1 styled.

  • Chad

    Looks quite plastic…

    • Kasey

      Magnesium body from what I understand. Leather grip and leather body styling features. So I’ve read.

  • Don Pope

    I hope that’s a shutter speed dial and not a “mode”dial.

  • Nobody Special

    I like the idea of the cameras’ form, but why not make it in APS sensor format? Get it over with and make it really desireable from the get-go. I know they have users with the 4/3rds format already but it seems that the next step up for the industry is in APS and it would be a good step for Olympus.

    It’s definitely M4/3rds???? If so, I wouldn’t be all that interested.

    • big_glass

      Yeah, cos it would really make sense for Olympus to have to bring out a new lens mount and a whole new range of lenses just to get a 23% increase in sensor size…. get real.

  • photonut

    Please, no more retro looks !!!!!

  • so plastic, not fantastic… bo-boring.

  • Richard

    What matters is the sensor performance. If it is not up to the competition the rest may not matter much.

    • JB

      Lets be real, the sensor is almost certainly the same one as the G3. If the OM-D is weather sealed, has a decent viewfinder, and has autofocus that is a modest upgrade from the E-P3, that may be good enough for me. I’m not expecting any revelations, but it could be the small camera I’ve been looking for. Of course it will look nicer when the price drops below $1,000.

  • bob2

    Funny, Olympus already tried the OM-D–It was called the E series dslrs, which are now discontinued except for the E-5 (surely selling like hotcakes!) because it sold miserably.

    The OM was an SLR (duh!) and so were the E’s–e-410, 420, 520, etc., etc. The new OM-D is mirrorless, so what does it really have in common with the OM series, other than styling? Why even put a prism bump–to “simulate” a pentaprism, when none is actually needed? That is truly form over function with no value or reason. Olympus is trying to jump on the retro bandwagon, but without understanding WHY Fuji and Leica actually chose the forms they use and why such decisions made sense. Olympus is out of ideas, and is rehashing old names and prestige to stay alive. I’m sure the OM-D will come in colors (Red and Hello Kitty, for the Japanese market) and has thousands of Art Filters.

    • Kasey

      The E-P1 broke new ground. People seemed disappointed because it was noisy in low light. I bought the pen AND the panny 20mm… turned out it works wonderfully in low light (admittedly more expensive with both lenses). I loved the styling, but more so I love the performance the little camera has given its small size. Yes, focus was a bit slow, but very usable. With the e-p3 I believe they fixed that issue. Now, Olympus has a lot to live up to as others have jumped in the ring. Yeah, the prism bump seems like a form answer with no real question, but I haven’t read yet that this camera will even have a prism bump. I personally hope they tuck the evf deeper into the body and minimize this feature since that is one of the mirrorless camera’s claims to fame anyway. Still, cameras like the OM-4 seem to pull off the prism bump in a sexy way, so who knows there? As far as retro bandwagon, haven’t they been doing retro since the onset of m4/3? Doesn’t that make them more of a horse pulling the bandwagon along? Oh, but yeah… they could dump the stupid Art Filters. 🙂

  • None

    After reading the comments here- I remember why I don’t visit this site.

    • Here either

      Amen. My first visit and I’m sure I won’t be back.

  • WT21

    No Markings on the dial? Ala NEX 7?

    Is this just a black EP3 with two new dials and some buttons moved around (and presumably the EVF2 built in a center hump)?

  • flop94

    What about a built-in flash. there could be space on the other side. With a 17mm (or 25) there would be no need of external accessories, just why i’m looking for!

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