The highly versatile OM 1 is a weatherproof, small camera that offers a well-balanced mix of old and new. It’s the first micro four-thirds mirrorless camera from the new company OM Digital Solutions. The new company had bought over the imaging business of Olympus. The once-famous camera is an improvement over the OM-D cameras, which had deficiencies in autofocus and image quality.
The OM 1 camera is highly versatile and ranks among the best for handling because of the new 20 MP stacked sensor, upgraded processing power, AF accuracy, and better computational modes. It is perhaps the last camera with the Olympus name, but the new line of cameras the new company introduces holds high promise.
OM 1 – A hugely capable Camera
The latest micro four-thirds camera offers its origins to the Olympus OM-1, 35 mm SLR camera and ensures immense joy when shooting with the latest OM 1 camera. The new camera bears the marks of significant improvement in almost every department. It results in improved autofocus (AF) speed and accuracy in selecting the appropriate scenario for shooting. Although the micro four-thirds CMOS sensor is of 20 MP resolution, the difference is in the BSI stacked design that offers faster readout speeds. In addition, features like 1053 cross-type AF points and Quad Pixel AF cover the entire sensor.
The Om system OM-1 design is compact and comfortable to handle as it emulates the compact DSLR style. The sizeable hand grip provides enough convenience in holding the camera comfortably and many other similar cameras. The body has smooth curved edges with concave Drive/AF button modes and a new shutter button that reduces the chances of accidentally pressing the shutter. The rugged camera has an IP53 waterproof rating and a PO lens. You can shoot with the camera even when there is a heavy downpour without worrying about damaging the device.
Features and Performance
The TruPix X image processor stacked sensor is the unsung hero. The new processor is three times more powerful than the earlier model. Faster image processing gives more advantages to serious photographers for action photography. The computational modes of the camera are equally speedy.
The mechanical shutter’s burst shooting speeds with continuous SE and AF are currently ten fps. It goes up to 50 fps with the mechanical shutter. If you don’t need continuous autofocus, capturing images with 120 fps is possible. Faster processing time ensures faster shooting as the camera is always ready to shoot. The pioneering computational modes of Olympus cameras go up a few notches in the OM 1 camera.
The multi-shot modes are fantastic. The newly stacked sensor and the processor of the OM 1 play critical roles in improving image quality in multi-shot modes. For the best image quality, you should stay between ISO 200 and ISO 1600. The less aggressive JPEG noise reduction feature seems more reassuring.