Mirrorless cameras are becoming increasingly popular among amateurs and even some professionals who prefer a slimmer form factor and don’t mind the crop factor. And Olympus wants to keep the trend going, with its new OM-D.
We’ll Avoid The Obvious OMG Joke
Perhaps the most surprising is that Olympus has stepped up the megapixels, to 16MP. Olympus has generally stayed on the “low” end of megapixels for its sensor, so the upgrade, albeit behind some beefier cameras, is certainly welcome. The 2x crop factor, though, might be a little less welcome to some, but it’s not as bad as some other models out there. It’s also got a TruePic chip, of course, to process images in-camera, and what Olympus claims is the fastest autofocus system on the market. That we’ll have to put to the test at some point, though.
Through A Lens
It’s also got one impressive viewfinder, with 1.4 million dots in an OLED screen with a 120 frames per second refresh rate. It’s even got a 100% field of view, which as any photographer will tell you becomes useful when you’re taking a lot of photos and don’t feel like cropping them.
It also shoot 1080p video, of course, although that’s standard at this point. There’s also two new lenses: The M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ, a pancake zoom that Olympus claims is the world’s slimmest zoom lens, and a 25mm lens with an f1.8 stop designed for close-up and available light photography.
In short, if you’re looking for a mirrorless camera, the OM-D is designed to cater to what you want out of it, whether that’s video or just some better shooting compared to your old point and shoot.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.