New Leaked Photos of the Retro Olympus OM-D Camera

New photos have emerged showing the retro OM-styled EM-5 Micro Four Thirds camera that Olympus is planning to unleash on the photo world. It’s the first camera in a new OM-D line, and offers a beautiful old school SLR aesthetic. The image above, which looks like some kind of ad, reads,

A new digital SLR era is about to begin. Digital SLRs, which simply replaced film with an imaging device did not change significantly in terms of size, weight and user interface. The revolutionary, new mirrorless camera, the OM-D, has an exceptionally light and compact body. Its Electronic View Finder enables photographers to check the Art Filter effect, color temperature, and exposure levels in real-time. When shooting, you can instantly “create” a truly unique world and preserve it in exceptional quality. The “world” will be transformed from something you see to something you “take part” in.

The OM-D is a groundbreaking, new digital interchangeable lens camera perfect for people who want to “take part,” “create,” and “share.”

You can see a higher-res version of the ad here.

The camera is expected to offer 16-megapixels, ISO that goes up to 25,600, image stabilization, blazing fast autofocus, and 9fps continuous shooting. Expect to see an official announcement on February 8th.

(via MLZphoto via 43Rumors via The Verge)

  • Robert Cain Photos

    Retro is back with the tech under the covers.

  • Albin Roussel

    that looks seriously good!

  • Gobbler

    More like OMG!, amiright?

  • Guest

    I don’t understand the obsession with retro. I do have an inner hipster in me that loves collecting old cameras and playing around with cheapo dollar store film (yes! it still exists!), but my 2012 dslr doesn’t need to mimic a 70’s-era camera.

  • Joshua Pierson

    As a dyed-in-the-wool 3rd generation Pentaxian, I have to say that I’m a lot more turned on by this than the K-01. Now in fairness, that could be largely due to the inclusion of a viewfinder, but if this is more similar in price to Fuji’s X-pro1, that will still be quite a sticking point. All in all, this is one sexy bit of kit.

  • Bruno Ferreira

    Me Like

  • Albin Roussel

    that’s not being a hipster, it’s just liking classic designs.
    what would you rather have? an ugly as f### D300 or a230 or this?

  • Brian L.

    I wonder if it’ll work with OM-lens mounts. I’ve got an old OM-1 and a bunch of old manual lenses that would be great to use with a new digital.

  • Anonymous

    From initial reports, it sounds like it’s going to be a m43 system camera. But the good news is that with an adapter all those old manual lenses will work with any mirrorless camera!

  • Sideromelane

    Do. Want.

    My last and favourite film camera was an OM-10, which I loved dearly, and only gave up on due to my terrible TERRIBLE eyesight.

    This looks classy as hell, just with the odd hint of those classic lines and angles…

    Like if  they took the S-type Jag, and brought it up to modern spec, or a Spitfire and gave it a jet engine…

  • Anthony Burokas

    Exceptionally light body…
    is that to better balance the high quality and heavy lenses?

    I’d prefer a high-end camera to have heft to balance the lens. 
    Plus I like to feel that I cold drop it and it won’t shatter.

  • mythbuster

    really beautiful, but in the lens barrel I can read (not very clearly) f 3.5-6.3 ???. I hope there will be quick glass to put on it

  • Anonymous

    How would you prefer this against the Fuji X-Pro 1? I think I’d go Fuji…

  • Edit

    Fuji – tick, Olympus – tick, Pentax – yuck.

  • Erik

    How does this represent “A new digital SLR era” when it isn’t even a DSLR?! To me the idea of retro inspired cameras have never been about looks but about giving cameras proper manual controls and physical buttons instead of menus. That’s the beauty of what Fuji Film’s been doing.