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Olympus most expensive and last m43 camera comes in January
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  • Interestingly the new 150 to 400 mm f4 lens is not going to be available until Q4, 2019.

    Since it seems to be a lens created for the "X" to a large degree (heavy and expensive) it's strange that the release is not concurrent to the camera.

  • Olympus Corporation today released the following statement about the upcoming Olympus 100th Anniversary on October 12, 2019.

    We are sincerely grateful to all of our customers and stakeholders who have supported the Company’s development and progress since our founding 100 years ago. Going forward, Olympus will continue to contribute to society by making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling around the world.

    Takachiho Seisakusho, the precursor of Olympus, was founded in 1919 to produce microscopes for the Japanese market. Takeshi Yamashita, the founder of the Company, had a strong desire to create something truly original, believing that mere imitations of imported products would not suffice. In the following year, Yamashita’s dream of producing a domestic microscope was realized with the introduction of the Asahi — the first microscope manufactured by Takachiho. Thereafter, the same optical technologies developed for our microscopes and the Company’s focus on specialist needs, continued to be applied and infused into additional innovations, including the Company’s first camera — the Semi-Olympus I — and the world’s first practical gastrocamera, a precursor to the endoscope. This approach has carried Olympus through to the present day.

    Throughout our rich history, Olympus has been known for pioneering many “world’s first” products and providing innovative, advanced products and services in the medical, scientific solutions and imaging fields. As Olympus marks its 100th Anniversary, employees around the world will celebrate and reflect on the Company’s history, while also looking to the future as we move forward and continue to realize Our Purpose of “Making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling” as a forward-looking innovator.

    Our 100th Anniversary logo commemorates our historic milestone and embodies the Company’s determination to reach new heights. During this Olympus 100th Anniversary year, all Olympus employees will take part in a variety of activities, uniting us across the globe and contributing to the communities in which we live and work.

    I really hope they will still have camera division by this time, but chances are not big.

  • You do Not know how the 1X sells. You do Not know how the other cameras this year will sell and the lenses.

    Do you recognize that you are Talking a Little bit weird?!

  • @Vaterfreuden

    I just tell that few people inside feel and expect. It is extreme pessimism inside and among dealers.

  • More leaks via 43rumors

    High-speed performance and excellent image quality

    Speed and image quality of the new E-M1X are fueled by a 20.4 MP Live MOS sensor with a new coating in order to deliver improved sensitivity as well as two TruPicVIII high-speed image processors improving fundamental performance factors such as start-up time and recovery time from sleep mode. The dual processor design not only contributes to a faster camera, but also allows the support of two high-speed UHS-II SD card slots and enables the latest shooting functions such as Handheld High Res Shot, Live ND, and Intelligent Subject Detection AF.

    Advanced Image Stabilization

    Olympus have introduced a redeveloped gyro sensor -- the camera allows for the world's best compensation performance. In combination with a M.Zuiko IS PRO lens, this technology enables the 5-axis sync IS to compensate for approx. 7.5 shutter speed steps, eliminating the need for a tripod and enabling free-hand shooting in various conditions.

    Super-fast AF

    With locked AF, the E-M1X features high-speed sequential shooting at a maximum of 60 fps to capture split-second moments that the human eye cannot see. With AF/AE tracking, a maximum of 18 fps may be reached. The camera's Pro Capture Mode records up to 35 frames retroactively from when the shutter button is released during shooting.

    High-Res Shot functionality

    In addition to high-resolution maximum 80 MP images that can be captured in Tripod High Res Shot, a Handheld High Res Shot functionality is now available on the OM-D E-M1X: designed for photographers who don't want to be limited by using a tripod, this function generates a single high-resolution shot equal to that captured with a 50 MP sensor -- without any signs of blur caused by handshake.

    Live ND functionality

    A new Live ND functionality incorporates slow shutter speed effects as though using an ND filter. The scene can be reviewed in the viewfinder and the effect edited before users take the photo. Effects can be set in five levels: ND2 (equivalent to one shutter speed step), ND4 (2 steps), ND8 (3 steps), ND16 (4 steps), and ND32 (5 steps).

    Movie capabilities

    In addition to professional-quality photos, the new E-M1X is a master at movie-making. It features all the extras videographers need to capture moments as they happen. With the ultra-high Cinema 4K (C4K, 4096 x 2160) movie format, videographers not only have the highest recording resolution to date, but also more flexibility when it comes to post production. 120 fps high-speed movies are also now supported in Full HD resulting in the capability to shoot cinematic movies with slow-motion perception.

    The powerful 5-axis IS and electronic stabilization enable refined handheld 4K and C4K video recording with three selectable levels of movement compensation depending on the photographer's posture and movement.

    Log shooting

    To counteract changing lighting conditions typical during documentary and nature shooting, the E-M1X supports log shooting. OM-Log400 delivers movies without loss of details in shadows or highlight blowouts, and greater freedom over video creativity through colour grading.

    Anti-flicker shooting feature

    With an anti-flicker shooting feature, the camera detects the flicker frequency of artificial light sources and activates the shutter at peak brightness to minimize uneven exposures and coloring between sequential frames (via PR). Flicker scan suppresses striped patterns that can occur when using Silent Mode (electronic shutter) and when shooting movies, so that users can fine tune the shutter speed.


    A new Wi-Fi capture allows tethered shooting without a cable and makes it possible to transfer images wirelessly to a computer with the “Olympus Capture” camera control software.


    The OM-D E-M1X contains a built-in GPS sensor, temperature sensor, manometer and compass, collectively known as ‘field sensors’. In addition to location information such as longitude and latitude, these sensors detect and record the temperature, elevation, and direction of the camera for adding detailed shooting information to images.

    • World’s best Image stabilisation: In combination with a M.Zuiko IS PRO lens, this technology enables the 5-axis sync IS to compensate for approx. 7.5 shutter speed steps
    • 50 MP Handheld High Res shot functionality. Building on the HiRes innovation on the E-M1 MK II where a tripod was required, the E-M1X can now take a 50mp HiRes shot hand held. Using a tripod it can now produce 80mp images.
    • Totally Re-developed AF system with various AF target modes and settings and intelligent subject tracking
    • Live ND feature for slow shutter effects without external filter
    • Dust, splash, & freezeproof. Weatherproofing maintained even when connecting microphone, earphone or remote control cable
    • Integrated field sensors to add detailed metadata to pictures and video
    • Two UHS-II SD card slots for high speed responsiveness
    • Two batteries in innovative cartridge system and USB charging capabilities
    • Key “OM-D Movie” video capabilities: 4K and C4K, OM-Log400, Different levels of IS, 120 fps high-speed shooting in Full HD
    • Anti-flicker shooting capabilities
    • Integrated field sensors to add detailed metadata to pictures and video
    • The sensor dust reduction system now features an improved Super Sonic Wave Filter (SSWF) with special coating which vibrates 30,000 times per second further reducing the possibility of dust or dirt ruining photos and equipment by factor 10
    • Capture up to 2,580 images before having to recharge. Featuring USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) from up to 100 W power sources, both batteries in the camera body can be fully charged in approximately two hours.
    • With locked AF, the E-M1X features high-speed sequential shooting at a maximum of 60 fps to capture split-second moments that the human eye cannot see. With AF/AE tracking, a maximum of 18 fps may be reached
    • A new Wi-Fi capture allows tethered shooting without a cable and makes it possible to transfer images wirelessly to a computer with the “Olympus Capture” camera control software.
  • Video and audio only

    • Video recording system: MOV (MPEG-4AVC / H.264 )
    • Modes
      • [MOV] 4096 × 2160 (C4K) / 24p / IPB ( about 237Mbps)
      • 3840 × 2160 (4K (FHD) / 60p, 50p / IPB (FHD ) / 30p, 25p, 24p / IPB (about 102Mbps)
      • 1920×1080 (FHD) / 30p, 25p, 24p / ALL- IPP (SF, F, N) 60 p: 59.94 fps, 50 p: 50.00 fps, 30 p: 29.97 fps ( SF, F, N)
      • 1280 x 720 (HD) / 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, 24 p / ALL- , 25 p: 25.00 fps, 24 p: 23.98 fps 24.00 fps at C 4 K, HDALL-I (AI: ALL-Intra / about 102 Mbps), FHDIPB (SF: SuperFine / about 52 Mbps, F: Fine / about 30 Mbps, N: Normal / about 18 Mbps) , HDIPB (SF: SuperFine / about 26Mbps, F: Fine / about 14Mbps, N: Normal / about 10Mbps)
    • Recording time limit: about 29 minutes
    • High Speed Shooting: 120 fps (1920 × 1080 / MOV)
    • Shooting Movie Shake Reduction: M-IS 1 (Multimotion IS with Image Sensor Shift and Electronic Shake Reduction), M-IS 2 ),
    • HDMI Monitoring Through: Monitor mode (mode for outputting video and information to external monitor)
    • Recording mode ( mode for outputting video only for recording on external device)
    • Movie exclusive Picture mode: Flat, OM – Log 400
    • View Assist


    • Audio
      • Wave format compliant (stereo linear PCM / 16bit, sampling frequency 48kHz
      • High-quality recording stereo linear PCM / 24bit, sampling Frequency 96 kHz
      • Built-in stereo microphone (connecting external stereo microphone possible)
      • Recording level adjustment
      • Microphone input limiter
      • IC recorder link: Slate tone generation function. Movie shooting and recording synchronization function. Compatible models: Linear PCM Recorder LS-100
  • Live ND

    Which can obtain using slow shutter effect “Live ND” which can simulate slow shutter effect like using ND filter was installed. It is a new technology that can obtain slow shutter effect by combining multiple exposed images. In addition, you can check the slow shutter effect with the viewfinder before shooting by live view, and you can improve the shooting efficiency. The effect can be selected from 5 stages of ND 2 (equivalent to 1 shutter speed), ND 4 (2 steps), ND 8 (3 steps), ND 16 (4 steps), ND 32 (5 steps).

    Fake thing.

  • Well so what are they doing taking two exposures at 1/120 and combining them without clipping to make a fake 1/60 of a second image? So instead of having too little motion blur in your video you'll now have weird stitched together double motion blur?

  • I don't think that Olympus are saying it can be used in video mode. Purely for still my guess.

  • @Bernie

    Yes, photo only.

    They'll use same software as they do for extended resolution. So, it is almost free addition.

  • Sweet. A micro 4/3 camera which is larger and more expensive than a number of full-frame cameras with similar specs to those full-frame cameras. Should be a huge seller.

  • @eatstoomuchjam

    On the market it is new trend.

    I won't be surprised if last advanced Panasonic camera - GH6 will be in the $3500 ballpark if they will add raw.

  • I think a lot of people would be happier if the GH6 just added PDAF finally. :P

  • Not possible Vitaliy. Not in the era of a $1,3k BMC4K.

  • We believe that there will be three types of users. One is users stepping up from existing M43 cameras, like the E-M1 Mark II. That’s a good camera, but in certain circumstances it doesn't work for sports photography. For example having a joystick on the vertical and horizontal grips - that’s the kind of thing that’s needed for wildlife and sports. That’s the number one target group.

    Second is photographers who are stepping up from APS-C, like Canon 7D users. Those people are buying APS-C to make use of tele lenses, to get longer focal lengths. And the system is smaller than full-frame. Those people aspire to EOS-1D X type products but they’re not affordable. And they’re big, it’s a hassle. This camera will create new demand. You can shoot at long focal lengths and still hand-hold.

    For us, sensor size isn’t the answer

    Obviously current APS-C users will be tough. 'Step-up' for some of them means going to full-frame. But we want to say to those people think again - what kind of pictures do you want to take? For us, sensor size isn’t the answer. We want to convey that message to the market. Full-frame is definitely a buzzword in the market, but maybe after carrying around full-frame lenses they’ll find they’re too big and give up!

    The third group is people who are making an additional purchase, in addition to 5-series, 1D-series or D5 cameras who want to try the new system. Because what this camera does is basically the same. People may think that they need full-frame but once they’ve seen this camera’s performance I don’t think that that will be an argument, considering the difference in size and weight.

  • This guy is obviously living in some alternate universe world if he seriously believes in the KOOLAID that he is trying to sell. Please give me a break.... step up from APSC to M4/3 yeah right! This camera will be a huge flop at the current price point of $3000.00 no ifs ands or buts about it.

    I would take a D500 anyday of the week over this camera for sports for a lot less money and better image quality. I don’t even care if the D500 is a DSLR even though I much prefer mirrorless at this point.

  • I liked m4/3 but wanted better low light and they have hit a wall. The problem is the wonderful dream of an organic sensor was going to come and save the day is all but pure fantasy now. As far as size and weight that's not as true as it use to be. Slap f/4 lenses on FF and your system is pretty light with the option to to buy rent faster heavier lenses when and if you need them. As to crop factor you can always crop a 40/50 megapixel full frame and get the advantages m4/3 or even aspc has to offer and still fall back on FF advantages when you don't. Fuji is keeping ASPC alive with value priced bodies Olympus is dreaming.

  • It is so clear that this is a video forum - most of you have no real experience in photography - otherwise you could really talk about the features of the camera and you wpould recognize what the camera can do - only tech talks missing deep knowledge

  • @Vaterfreuden

    May be you can compensate our lack of knowledge?

  • lol In that case, thank goodness Olympus finally came out with a camera that compensates the numerous deficiencies that have existed in DSLR and mirrorless systems for the last 20 years that have prevented people from being able to use them to take photos that are acceptable for public display.

  • @Scot well said agree 100%.


    Since first hearing about this beast, my question has been and continues to be "why"?

    Olympus, after a quick and impressive start in mirrorless beginning in 2009, peaked early and never really got much above the 500k unit a year mark, despite making as many as six different models at once. Currently, I have Olympus at around a 4% market share in interchangeable lens cameras, and that's down from a high around 7% when the m4/3 marketing/sales engine was fully working.

    I don't see the E-M1X budging Olympus' long-term sales one iota on its own, as I'd be surprised if it sells even 50k units in its lifetime. Thus, we have to think of it as a halo product, something that shows off what the company can do and hope that translates to sales of their other products.

    And that's where I start to have problems with the E-M1X, as a halo product. The big issue to me is exactly that, how big it is for how little truly useful it adds to an E-M1m2. Most of Olympus' lineup, and most of the reason for the successes they've had in cameras throughout history, are linked to the opposite attribute: smallness.

    To put it in different terms: anyone can make a big auto that's fast. The usual formula for that is to put a bigger motor in and max out all the performance aspects (turbo, supercharger, etc.). Up to a point, going bigger tends to equal faster. But the impressive gains in auto racing is when companies go the opposite way: smaller, lighter, leaner designs that go faster.

    Most of us believed that's what Olympus was doing (going smaller, lighter, leaner). Now we have the same basic engine (sensor) in a far bigger body, with lots of performance accessories thrown in, all of which gave us a big, heavy product.

    The Big Three have been tending to go the other way. They're putting V8's (full frame sensors) in smaller, lighter, leaner bodies. Olympus just put a straight 4 (m4/3 sensor) in a bigger, heavier, bulkier body. That's not why I got into m4/3.

  • 500.000 units a year in 2018 (?) means 250.000 units in 2020 if the market drops by 50 per cent the next two years.

  • @EspenB

    You must remember is that Thom is among elite Nikon sponsored influencers (not directly, but using complex schemes to keep integrity), due to skill and knowledge working like lone wolf. He had been one of the first who helped demise of m43 cameras (and owned lot of them as reason), especially successful are his articles among Japanese management. He has lot of sane thought, but you always need to remember that he has poison inside.