First Olympus E-M1 PRO MFT camera announced!


Image courtesy: Ming Thein.

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Preorders in US and Europe (Click on the store name to read price and specs):
Dedicated page at Amazon.
Olympus E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE (viaDL),
Olympus EP-13 Eyecup for E-M1 at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus HLD-7 Battery Grip for E-M1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LC-62D Metal Front Lens Cap for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LH-66 Lens Hood for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.

Previews:
Dpreview, Pekka Potka preview, BH In-Depth Article, TVsmith preview, SmallCameraBigPicture, Adorama, ThePhoBlographer, Photoscala (German), systemkamerablog (German), Quesabesde (Spanish), Photographyblog hands-on (E-M1, 12-40mm Lens),

Reviews:
Robin Wong (part one), Ming Thein on Flicr (part one and part two), DSLRmagazine (Spanish: part one and part two).

Lens (p-)Review:
Ming Thein, ThePhoBlographer,
Image of the 40-150mm f/2.8 lens at Dpreview, ePhotozine.

Image samples:
Ming Thein on Flicr (part one and part two), SmallCameraBgPicture, Rock photographer Ross Halfins Facebook has E-M1 portraits, DSLRmagazine (Spanish),

Video:
video sample by Oly Malaysia, systemkamerablog (German), TheCameraStoreTV, Gordon Laing, Olympus PROMO (Product movie, EVF, Dual AF), First Look by InTech, Overview by Adorama,

Hot info and curiosity:
No more Four Thirds camera or lenses will be produced. Olympus officially merges MFT and FT into one system (DC.watch). But Ming Thein says: “I’ve been assured this isn’t dead, and an E-7 is in the works
Olympus plans to release a wideangle zoom and super-telephoto prime in this nascent Micro Four Thirds ‘PRO’ range (Dpreview / ePhotozine).
Image of the 40-150mm f/2.8 at Dpreview.
Rockstar Ross Halfins E-M1 portraits
Annoying: No special 12-40mm kit price in USA!

Press Text:
E-M1: Dpreview, ThePhoBlographer, Photoscala (German), systemkamerablog (German), Quesabesde (Spanish), Photographyblog, DC.watch (Japanese), Techradar, LeMondeDeLaPhoto (French), ePhotozine, DSLRmagazine (Spanish),
12-40mm: Dpreview, systemkamerablog (German), Photographyblog, OpenPN (French), ePhotozine, DSLRmagazine (Spanish),
40-150mm f/2.8 and Lens roadmap: ePhotozine,

Poll:
First read all specs and reviews. Than take time and think…and after that you may vote :)

  • tecnoworld

    Think about how many ppl will ask you: is it full frame ? 😀

    • derek

      no, the real issue is the size.
      it is too huge and ugly.

      • Sören

        It has the same size as the E-M5 + grip, which is far from being huge.

        • derek

          if you do not mind a tiny sensor in a oversized ugly body there’ve been something called D7100 or 7D( since 2009) at much cheaper price than this oversized tiny sensor camera.
          so it should have been much smaller than this. in fact , it should have been as small and as rangefinder like as the X-E1 or the NEX6.
          the real compelling reason to get a MFT is the size and weight nothing else.

          • Sören

            Your opinion, derek.
            I use mFT, because I like that the complete system is still considerable smaller. However, I like a camera to have a good grip and lots of buttons. Whenever I carry my E-M5 + 5 lenses covering a range from 7 to 300mm (14-600 @KB), I don’t miss my previous DSLR system.
            D7100 is a nice camera, I agree. But I prefer EVF for my work.

            But maybe you are just much more professional, or at least feel more pro when the camera is bigger. Canon and Nikon should sell penis enlargement pills 😉

          • Mike

            If you want a smaller version of this camera just pick up an E-P5. It’s tiny, incredible build quality, IQ is great, optional EVF is outstanding, AF is lightning fast.

            I own a D7000 and 6D as well. Very impressed with the Olympus…

      • Mike

        Derek, you have no idea what you are talking about.
        This OMD just like the previous version, is so small that your fingers will be annoyed finding the tinny buttons.
        Ugly? that’s your own opinion and stop trying to spread it. It looks fine like the previous model which was selected as the camera of the year by the users here.
        now. here are the facts, not even my opinion.
        this is a good system with all of its lenses. 5 axis IBIS was and is simply excellent. About the sensor size, it kicked some butt last year even though it was smaller than aps-c. Olympus proved that you dont have to have a large sensor to have good image quality.
        last but not the least. There are some people like ff sensors for shallow dof. And some people like smaller sensors for the opposite reason which is very understandable.
        I am a sony guy and never owned olympus. But respect this little good looking guy.

  • Hendrick

    It is not huge!! Only the sensor is 1/4th of an RX-1!

  • Siddu

    What is a Pro body on a MFT sensor? Why not bring the IQ of the OMD-EM5 on a bigger sensor? I will buy that immediately!

    • Sören

      I would like that, too.
      However, that will increase the size of the lenses as well. Further, I don’t know if the smaller sensor helps in terms of Image Stabilizer and Focusing speed (both of which Olympus is class-leading). Sensor size is always a compromise (even the praised FF is a compromise, there is always something bigger) and in my opinion FT is a reasonable sensor size.
      I will have a close look to the upcoming FF Nex, however. Sometimes I would like a shallower DOF.

    • derek

      anything says pro itself is not professional at all.
      it is embarrassing , to say the least to put”pro” on the camera and lens barrel.

      • Sören

        CPS – Canon Professional Service, how unprofessional…

  • Dantesan

    That may just be the ugliest mFT camera I’ve ever seen.

  • bibi

    Much too expensive…MFT is flyin’ too high !! this will not help to boost sales against DSLR for a while…

    • Martin

      Yes.. This is why only 12 hours after its announcement the Olympus E-M1 is the most sold (orders+ preorders) overall digital camera at Amazon US.

      • tecnoworld

        A lot of rich ppl out there :-)

      • bob2

        Jumps in sales numbers to #1 often happen with newly announced hyped-up cameras, so this is nothing new or special–it would be really sad if Olympus couldn’t generate such PRE-orders. But what happens in the next few weeks will be much more telling once the hype wears off, the fact that this thing costs $1400 begins to sink in, and CNS announce their new toys.

  • Matus

    2200 € with the 12-40/2.8 lens – ouch! But I sill want it … 😀

  • Gobet

    If you want a compact capable camera, get a Pen. If you want a serious tool, get an OM-D. If you think you need something else, get whatever that is.

    • tecnoworld

      A zen sentence, I like it! I definitely need something different. Smaller, with better iq and dof and cheaper.

  • J Shin

    The review by Robin Wong is quite fun (5-axis!), and the image samples are pretty impressive. This camera definitely more than exceeds the threshold of “usable image” in all but a narraow range of special circumstances.

    I also liked Ming Thein’s shower test. :-)

  • dCartier

    Wow! Only slightly smaller and actually heavier than the d3200 – and just 3 times the price (that’ll win them over to mirrorless).
    How do you say chutzpah in Japanese?

    • J Shin

      If you want to talk about chutzpah, I think it’s supposed to compete with the D4; only a quarter of the price! :-)

      The advantages and disadvantages of each is obvious, so we’ll see in a few years which variables people choose to prioritize. History of photography has favored smaller form factor as technology improved; will IQ win out this time? Actually, we may find out sooner, when the NEX-FF arrives.

      • J Shin

        http://camerasize.com/compare/#482,243

        And if you are comparing it to the d3200, don’t forget to check the view from the top, which you can do with the selectors on the left.

        http://camerasize.com/compare/#482,317

        • Mike

          I have owned a D3200. I don’t know what you’re trying to get at here, but the D3200 viewfinder is crap, the AF is inaccurate and the lens selection is abysmal.

          It has a great sensor but who cares if there are no decent primes wider than 50mm for it and half the shots are out of focus. Enjoy shooting that mediocre 35mm f/1.8, because you’re not getting 24mm and 16mm because Nikon wants to screw you into buying a D600.

  • madmax

    This camera is designed to use Zuiko pro 4/3 lenses. A smaller camera paired with those monster lenses would be ridiculous. Anyway, this is not my idea of a mirrorless camera. No need for a pro featured mirrorless camera being so big and heavy, anyway.

  • marc

    not really “pro” and the price is insane

  • Mike

    Most people (including me) own a PEN for convenience (and fun) and a Nikon or Canon DSLR for serious work. This means two incompatible sets of lenses.

    This new camera opens the door towards owning a PEN for convenience and an OM-D for serious work, while sharing the same set of lenses between them.

    The concept is good and I applaud Olympus for giving it a shot.