OMG! Olympus OM-D brings sexy back with EVF, FAST AF

Olympus OM-D revealed

Olympus OM-D revealedOlympus has unveiled its long-speculated OM-styled Micro Four Thirds camera, presenting the OM-D (officially the Olympus OM-D E-M5) to the world.

Its design based on Olympus’s classic OM series, the 16.1-megapixel OM-D – not to be confused with OMD – is housed in a dust- and splash-proof magnesium alloy body and boasts what Olympus claims are several world firsts.

Most notably, the Olympus OM-D offers photographers the world’s fastest autofocus of any interchangeable lens camera, Olympus says, a claim that even includes all DSLRs. The company’s Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology (FAST) AF, the same system used in the latest Olympus PEN cameras launched last summer, only the FAST AF system has been enhanced in the Olympus OM-D to make it even… FASTER.

The OM-D’s other big claim is the world’s first 5-axis image stabilisation system, which attacks blur on five fronts by making adjustments for horizontal and vertical shift and rolling, as well as yaw and pitch movement. The Olympus E-P3, for instance, adjusts for blur only on two axes.

Finally, the OM-D features an EVF, which offers a 100% field of view and uses a Creative Control interface that uses a tone curve overlay to enable accurate adjustment of highlight and shadow brightness.

Also on board are a 3in OLED touchscreen that tils from 80 degrees upwards to 50 degrees downwards, along with a host of creative art filters, an ISO range from 200 – 25,600 and full HD video capability.

Photographers are expected to be able to get their hands on Olympus OM-D cameras in the shops by around early April 2012.

For more details on this new Olympus camera, see the hands-on Olympus OM-D review at our sister website, TechRadar.