OM SYSTEM OM-1 Camera Released – 4K60 10-Bit Internal Video, 12-Bit Raw Output, New Lenses

February 15th, 2022 Jump to Comment Section 4
OM SYSTEM OM-1 Camera Released - 4K60 10-Bit Internal Video, 12-Bit Raw Output, New Lenses

OM SYSTEM (the new brand succeeding Olympus) just announced a new OM-1 camera that features a 20.4MP Micro Four Thirds sensor with 5-axis IBIS, fast stills shooting modes, cross quad pixel autofocus, vari-angle LCD, dual SD card slots, and a durable magnesium alloy body. Internally, the camera can shoot DCI 4K video in up to 60fps 4:2:0 10-bit or up to 240fps in Full HD. It also outputs 12-bit raw video via micro-HDMI to Atomos Ninja V and V+ for ProRes RAW up to DCI 4K 60fps. OM SYSTEM also announced new 12-40mm f/2.8 and 40-150mm f/4 lenses. The OM-1 can be pre-ordered now for $2,199.

Back in 2008(ish), Olympus used to be at the forefront of the mirrorless camera evolution when the company (along with Panasonic) created the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system. In the years after that, Olympus made quite a few camera bodies and lenses for the MFT system, some of which got really popular for their nice combination of compact size and good image quality along with a really good IBIS.

While for filmmakers, Panasonic has always been the more prolific of the two MFT companies, for the last few years Olympus really tried hard to catch up in this regard – they introduced some high bitrate modes as well as an OM-Log gamma curve. The last Olympus camera we reviewed was the flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1X. Even despite having some successful camera bodies and lenses, sales numbers apparently did not look good enough, and so Olympus decided to sell the imaging division in 2020.

Olympus sold its Imaging business. Source:

The new owner of the OM-D and ZUIKO brands and all the technological know-how, Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), claimed from the beginning that they want to resurrect the brand and keep developing cameras and lenses. In October 2021, the OM SYSTEM brand was created and the development of a new camera was announced. Now, this new camera has finally been announced, so let’s take a closer look at the features and specs of the OM SYSTEM OM-1.

OM SYSTEM OM-1 camera

The OM-1 camera (interestingly, it still has “Olympus” written on the body) features a newly designed 20.4MP stacked BSI Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor along with a TruePic X processor for a faster readout rate of up to 120fps. In photo mode, the camera features continuous shooting of up to 10 fps with full-time AF/AE (169-frame raw buffer) when using the mechanical shutter. With the electronic shutter, photographers get 20 fps shooting with full AF/AE (108-frame raw buffer). In SH1 and SH2 blackout-free shooting modes, the camera offers up to 120 fps without AF/AE and 50 fps with AF/AE.

Cross Quad Pixel autofocus

When it comes to autofocus, OM SYSTEM claims that the OM-1 offers a Cross Quad Pixel AF and AI Detection with 1,053 individual focus points covering the full sensor and operating at 120 fps. The system detects color and contrast information from across the sensor and performs eye detection on humans, birds, dogs, cats, and detection of non-organic subjects like cars, motorcycles, airplanes, helicopters, and trains. According to the company, focus performance is twice as accurate and 3x faster than previous versions of the focus system.

IBIS and photography features

In-body 5-axis image stabilization (IBIS) compensates for up to 7 stops of camera shake. Eight stops of compensation are available with select IS-equipped Micro Four Thirds lenses. IBIS, of course, works for both video and stills.

OM-1 camera – backside. Source: OM SYSTEM

Further photography features include a High Res Shot composite function that creates 80MP raw files (on a tripod) or a 50MP raw file (handheld) with 2 stops of reduced noise performance and improved color rendition. A Live ND mode digitally simulates the effects of an optical neutral density filter up to 6 stops (ND64) for long-exposure photos. Live Composite mode slowly builds up an exposure over time without blowing out brighter areas of the frame, allowing you to see the exposure’s progress in live view monitoring (for light painting and other creative approaches). The camera also supports a handheld Focus Stacking mode that records and stacks 15 frames for extended depth of field in close-up shooting.

Video specs – 4K60p 10-bit or Full HD 240p

The OM-1 offers 4:2:0 10-bit internal video recording in H.265 which tops at DCI 4K 60fps (152 Mb/s). Slow-motion video recording is also possible in Full HD up to 240fps. Additionally, the camera also offers internal H.264 modes in 4:2:0 8-bit. The full list of available resolutions and frame rates looks like this:

  • H.265 Long GOP/MOV 4:2:0 10-Bit
    • DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [77 to 152 Mb/s]
    • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [77 to 152 Mb/s]
    • Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/24.00p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [22 to 42 Mb/s]
  • H.265/MOV 4:2:0 10-Bit
    • Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [82 to 162 Mb/s]
    • Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 100p/119.88p/200p
  • H.264 Long GOP/MOV 4:2:0 8-Bit
    • DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [102 to 202 Mb/s]
    • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [102 to 202 Mb/s]
    • Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [27 to 52 Mb/s]
  • H.264/MOV 4:2:0 8-Bit
    • Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p [202 Mb/s]
    • Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 100p/119.88p/200p/239.76p

When it comes to picture profiles, the OM-1 offers HLG picture mode for in-camera HDR recording as well as OM-Log gamma curve for the most dynamic range and more flexibility in post-production. Video shooting ergonomics are provided with a 3.5mm microphone and headphone ports for audio recording and monitoring.

The video specs of the OM-1 are very similar to the LUMIX GH5 II, but the OM SYSTEM camera does not have the anamorphic modes. I am afraid that with the upcoming LUMIX GH6 announcement, the OM-1 will, again, be more popular with photographers than with filmmakers. What do you think?

Raw video output to Atomos Ninja V and V+

OM-1 camera with Atomos Ninja V. Source: OM SYSTEM / Atomos

The OM SYSTEM OM-1 is able to output a 12-bit raw video signal via its micro-HDMI connector (unfortunately not a full-size HDMI like Panasonic). This is available up to DCI 4K resolution 60fps. Atomos already announced that both Ninja V and Ninja V+ will be able to record the raw video stream from the OM-1 and save it as 12-bit ProRes RAW in up to DCI 4K 60fps. Support for the OM-1 will be made available with a firmware update from Atomos, which is currently scheduled for release in the first half of 2022.

Camera ergonomics

OM-1 camera in the field. Source: OM SYSTEM

The OM SYSTEM OM-1 features a durable magnesium alloy body that is dust and splash resistant to IP53 and freeze-proof to -10°C (14°F). The shutter is rated for 400,000 actuations. The camera uses a BLX-1 Li-Ion battery which is rated at 520 shots per charge. In-camera charging is available via the USB-C port. The good news is that the OM-1 has dual UHS-II SD memory card slots that allow for backup file saving or additional memory options.

The OM-1’s electronic viewfinder has a 5.76m-dot OLED display with an 0.83x-equivalent magnification, a 21mm eyepoint, and a 120 fps refresh rate. The rear LCD is a 3.0″ 1.62m-dot touchscreen with a vari-angle design allowing 270° of swivel for working at odd angles.

New 12-40mm f/2.8 and 40-150mm f/4 lenses

New 12-40mm f/2.8 and 40-150mm f/4 lenses. Source: OM SYSTEM

Along with the new OM-1 camera, OM SYSTEM also announced the upgraded M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens that offers a 24-80mm equivalent focal length and constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. The lens focuses down to 7.9″ and is also IP53 rated. The second new lens is the all-new M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0 PRO lens with its 80-300mm equivalent in compact and lightweight construction which is also rated at IP53.

Price and availability

The OM SYSTEM OM-1 camera is available for pre-order right now. The price for the camera body has been set to $2,199 and the kit with the new 12-40mm f/2.8 will set you back $2,799. The lenses alone cost $999 for the 12-40mm f/2.8 or $899 for the 40150mm f/4.

Do you use an Olympus camera or any other Micro Four Thirds body? What do you think about the new OM-1? Let us know in the comments section underneath the article.


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