Earlier this morning (Wednesday) Olympus introduced a new addition to their mirrorless camera-line, adding a low-cost option for customers. With the mirrorless market getting more and more crowded by the minute, the starting price of $700 (or $800 with kit lens,) should help the Olympus stand out among buyers.
The new camera has an all-metal design, it is featured on the OM-D EM-1 or EM-5 mirrorless options. The camera starts out at $700 MSRP, but a I mentioned before you can get the camera bundled with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens kit for just $100 more.
The EM-1 offers a 16-megapixel, optical low-pass filter-free sensor that comes stock with the new TruePic VII image processor and offers photographers a 25,600 max ISO. Also shipping standard is the built in WiFi, the EM-5’s 1.44-megapixel electronic viewfinder, and an 81 point AF. The camera also features an 8fps high-speed sequential shooting options.
A few corners were cut to lower the price, when compared to some of the more recent cameras from the company. You won’t find the weatherproof design, and the image stabilization isn’t as accurate as previous models (this model comes with a 3-axis image stabilization unit, where former models contained a 5-axis design). Still, it’s worth adding to your comparison list, and a trip to the store to test one out.
Overall it’s an impressive design, higher-end materials with a compact structure. You can checkout the official announcement page from Olympus for all of the technical details on the camera, or the lens. The device is set to start shipping in February.
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