Olympus Releases Another Micro Four-Thirds with Retro Look
The first model in a new line of cameras from Olympus has been announced. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system digital camera, meaning that it accepts interchangeable lenses that are compatible with the MFT system. Because MFT cameras don't use mirrors, they can be smaller than traditional SLRs.
The $1,299 E-M5 comes with a 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 lens and shoots both stills and HD video. Its sensor captures 16MP of data, and its ISO range extends up to 25600.
The retro styling harkens back to the early 1970s, when Olympus released its small, lightweight OM series. As you might expect from Olympus, the OM-D is relatively rugged, though it's not meant to sustain a hurricane or go diving with you. The company calls it "dust-proof" and "splash-proof". Olympus' Pen line of MFT cameras also sports a retro cool.
The OM-D's electronic viewfinder is high definition (1.44-M dot), with a 100% field of view. It can automatically between the rear-panel monitor and electronic viewfinder as you bring it to your eye.