Olympus OM-D Release Date, Price and Specs


Olympus rolled out the big numbers for its announcement of the update to its OM-D E-M1[1] flagship Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II: a new 20.4-megapixel sensor with improved dynamic range, a new Dual Fast autofocus system with 121 phase-detection and 121 contrast-detection points, Cinema 4K/30p video recording, and 18 frames-per-second continuous shooting with autofocus (60fps if you don’t need AF).

The new sensor draws less power and a faster readout speed, though it’s supported by an updated image processor with 8 cores — that’s got to require some extra juice. The processor has updated autofocus algorithms as well, with better subject isolation for tracking. And a new Pro Capture mode starts bursting when you prefocus, keeping the last 14 frames before you take the shot.

It’s the same size as the original E-M1, though it looks more like a dSLR and has a bigger grip plus a new higher capacity battery with faster charging. Dual SD card slots and a battery grip with a dedicated keypad round out the necessities.

Technically, Olympus considers this a “development announcement,” though that’s probably because there’s no price or availability (“later this year”).

Olympus stresses that the combination of compact size and speed makes it a desirable alternative to APS-C. While I don’t want to diminish the company’s achievement — I think the EM1M2 sounds like a really nice camera with a great feature set — keep in mind that even though it’s the same resolution as competing dSLRs, the APS-C sensor in those cameras is much bigger, they output 14-bit raw files vs. the EM1M2’s 12 bits and they hit higher ISO sensitivities. Plus there’s a lot we don’t know yet about it, including how many shots the buffer can hold, battery life or price.

The announcement also comes with some pro lenses[2] to round out your kit.

Comparative specifications

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Nikon D500 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Sensor effective resolution 20.2MP Dual Pixel CMOS
20.4MP Live MOS
Sensor size 22.4 x 15.0 mm 23.5 x 15.7 mm 17.3 x 13mm
Focal-length multiplier 1.6x 1.5x 2.0x
OLPF Yes Yes Yes
Sensitivity range ISO 100 – ISO 16000/ISO 51200 (exp) ISO 50 (exp)/ISO 100 – ISO 51200/ISO 1,640,000 (exp) ISO 64 (exp)/200 – ISO 25600
Burst shooting 10fps
1,090 JPEG/31 raw
79 raw
(60fps with fixed AE/AF)
(mag/ effective mag)
100% coverage
100% coverage
2.36 million dots
100% coverage
1.3x – 1.48x/ 0.65x- 0.74x
Hot Shoe Yes Yes Yes
Autofocus 65-point phase-detection AF
all cross-type
center dual cross to f2.8
99 cross-type
(15 cross-type to f8)
Multi-CAM 20K
121-point cross-type phase detection AF,
121-point contrast AF
AF sensitivity -3 to 18 EV -4 – 20 EV
Shutter speed 1/8,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/250 sec x-sync 1/8,000 to 30 secs bulb; 1/250 sec x-sync (1/8,000 sec x-sync with FP shutter) 60 – 1/8000 sec (1/32000 with electronic shutter); bulb to 30 minutes; 1/250 sec x-sync (Super FP to 1/8000)
Shutter durability 200,000 cycles 200,000 cycles 200,000
Metering 150,000-pixel RGB+IR 252 zone 180,000-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering III 324 area
Metering sensitivity 1 – 20 EV -3 – 20 EV -2 – 20 EV
Best video H.264 QuickTime MOV
1080/60p, 30p, 25p, 24p @ 50Mbps
H.264 QuickTime MOV 4K UHD/30p, 25p, 24p H.264 QuickTime MOV
C4K/24p @237Mbps; UHD/30p, 25p, 24p @ 102Mbps; 1080/60p, 50p, 25p, 24p @ 202Mbps
Audio Stereo, mic input, headphones stereo; mic input; headphone jack Stereo; mic input
Manual aperture and shutter in video Yes Yes Yes
Maximum best-quality recording time per clip 4GB/29:59 mins 4GB/29:59 mins @ 144 Mbps 29 mins
Clean HDMI out Yes Yes Yes
IS Optical Optical Sensor shift
5 axis, IS Sync
Display 3 in/7.5cm
1.04m dots
3.2 in/8 cm
Tilting touchscreen
2.4 million dots
3 in/7.5cm
Tilting touchscreen
1.04m dots
Memory slots 1 x CF, 1 x SDXC 1 x SD, 1x XQD 2 x SDXC
Wireless connection via optional WFT-E7A Version 2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC Wi-Fi
Flash Yes No Included add-on
Wireless flash Yes Yes Yes
Battery life (CIPA rating) 600 shots (VF); 250 shots (LV)
(1,865 mAh)
1,240 shots
(1,900 mAh)
(1,720 mAh)
Size (WHD) 5.9 x 4.4 x 3.1 in
148.6 x 112.4 x 78.2 mm
5.8 x 4.6 x 3.2 in
147 x 115 x 81 mm
5.3 x 3.6 x 2.7 in
134 x 91 x 69 mm
Body operating weight 32.5 oz
920 g
30.3 oz
848 g
20.2 oz
574 g
Mfr. price (body only) $1,600
Primary kit $2,000 (est.)
£1,200 (est.)
(with 18-135mm STM lens)
(with 16-80mm lens)
Alternate kit n/a n/a n/a
Release date November 2014 March 2016 n/a


  1. ^ OM-D E-M1 (
  2. ^ pro lenses (

Panasonic Lumix LX10 Release Date, Price and Specs


Adding to its enthusiast compact line, Panasonic’s Lumix LX10 is a somewhat confusing entry between the more consumer-targeted Lumix ZS100[1] and the similarly priced Lumix LX100[2]. Panasonic sees the LX10 as the successor to the four-year-old LX7[3], but when the LX7 shipped there were no competing enthusiast compacts in Panasonic’s line with its fast lens and large (at the time) 1/1.7-inch sensor. (It does enable Panasonic to somewhat disingenuously proclaim “The 1-inch sensor is 3 times larger than the LX7’s 1/1.7-inch sensor” rather than saying it’s the same size as the sensor in almost every enthusiast compact these days.) The LX10 combines the 20.1-megapixel 1-inch sensor of the ZS100 with a fast but short-zoom lens like the LX100, which has a larger but lower-resolution 12-megapixel Four Thirds-size sensor.

Panasonic plans to ship the LX10 in November for $700; I don’t have price or availability for other regions, but it converts to approximately £540 and AU$935.

Relative sensor sizes.

Lori Grunin/CNET

What’s notable

  • Design: Panasonic’s main design goal with this model was pocketability. Though it is smaller than the LX100, it’s not by a lot: The company shaved off 0.5 in/7mm or less in every dimension, putting it at the same size as the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II[4] but still larger than the competing Sony RX100 II[5] — which has a viewfinder and is about the largest size that will fit in a jeans pocket. The LX100 fits in a loose pants pocket. And it’s only fractionally smaller than the ZS100, which has a 10x zoom lens. It looks very much like the ZS100, but swaps the programmable ring on the lens for an aperture ring. And unlike the other two Panasonic models, it has a flip-up display for selfies.
  • Lens: The camera’s 3x 24-72mm f1.4-2.8 lens does have the fastest maximum aperture in its class, but only by a bit less than 2/3 of a stop. And unfortunately, it lacks a built-in neutral density filter, which makes it difficult to shoot at slow shutter speeds at wide apertures in sunlight. It does have a 9-blade diaphragm for round out-of-focus highlights. It can focus as close as 1.2 in/3 cm, which is one of the closest in its class. And it incorporates Panasonic’s 5-axis hybrid sensor shift/optical image-stabilization system.
  • Performance: It incorporates the company’s DFD (depth from defocus) contrast autofocus system, which is quite fast. That will likely give it an edge over competitors, since AF in these cameras tends to be a bit slow. However, the battery life is rated at only 260 shots thanks to the tiny, low-power battery.
  • Features: All the standard Panasonic-specific features[6] come in the LX10. They include 4K video with 4K burst, 4K photo, 4K Live Crop (which produces an HD video from a window panning around a 4K video), Post Focus and Focus Stacking modes. A new capability is Light Composition, a post-capture process which combines frames of a 4K video into the equivalent of a long-exposure still frame.

My take

The LX10 sounds like a nice camera, as long as you’re okay without a hot shoe or a viewfinder, and are willing to trade higher resolution for the photo quality of the LX100 or a fast lens for a long zoom on the less-expensive ZS100. I suspect it will be a confusing decision among those models for a lot of people.

With the exception of the longer lens on the G7 X Mark II, the LX10 seems like it has a lot of advantages in comparison, and it has the potential to give the more expensive Sony RX100 IV[7] some serious competition.

And while it’s certainly an improved option over the LX7 — which you’d expect after so long — you do lose the multi-aspect sensor, which produces images with the same resolution regardless of the aspect ratio you choose.

Comparative specs

Canon PowerShot G7 X Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Sensor effective resolution 20.2MP HS CMOS 20.1MP MOS 12.8MP MOS 20.2MP Exmor R CMOS
Sensor size 1-inch
(13.2 x 8.8 mm)
(13.2 x 8.8)
Four Thirds
(17.3 x 13mm)
(13.2 x 8.8mm)
OLPF Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sensitivity range ISO 100 – ISO 12800/25600 (exp) ISO 80 (exp)/ISO 125 – ISO 12800/ISO 25600 (exp) ISO 100 (exp)/ISO 200 – ISO 25600 ISO 100 (exp)/ISO 160 – ISO 12800
Lens (35mm equivalent) 24-100mm
24 – 75mm
28 – 100mm
Closest focus 2.0 in/5 cm 1.2 in/3 cm 2 in/5 cm 1.9 in/5 cm
Burst shooting 4.4fps
31 JPEG/n/a raw
(6.5fps with focus and exposure fixed on first frame)
(50fps with electronic shutter and fixed AF/AE)
(40fps with electronic shutter and fixed AF/AE)
(10fps with fixed exposure)
12 JPEG/13 raw
(mag/ effective mag)
None None EVF
0.4 in/10 mm
2.764m dots
100% coverage
0.5-inch/13 mm
2.36m dots
100 percent coverage
Hot shoe No No Yes Yes
Autofocus 31-area
Contrast AF
Contrast AF
Contrast AF
Contrast AF
Shutter speed 250 – 1/2,000 sec 60 – 1/4,000 sec (1/16,000 electronic shutter); bulb to 2 minutes 60 – 1/4,000 sec (1/16,000 electronic shutter); bulb to 2 minutes 30 – 1/2,000 sec; bulb
Metering n/a n/a 1,728 zones n/a
Best video H.264 QuickTime MOV
MP4 UHD/30p, 24p @ 100Mbps; 1080/60p, 50p MP4 UHD/30p, 25p, 24p @ 100Mbps; 1080/60p, 50p AVCHD
1080/60p, 50p, 25p,
Audio Stereo Stereo Stereo Stereo
Manual aperture and shutter in video Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maximum best-quality recording time 4GB/29:59 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes 29 minutes
Optical zoom while recording Yes n/a Yes Yes
IS Optical Optical
5-axis hybrid
Optical Optical
LCD 3 in/7.5 cm
Flip-up touchscreen
1.04m dots
3 in/7.5 cm
Tilting touchscreen
1.04m dots
3 in/7.5 cm
921,000 dots
3 in/7.5cm
921,600 dots
(plus another set of white dots for brightness)
Memory slots 1 x SDXC 1 x SDXC 1 x SDXC 1 x SDXC
Wireless connection Wi-Fi, NFC Wi-Fi Wi-Fi, NFC Wi-Fi, NFC
Flash Yes Yes Bundled optional Yes
Wireless flash No No No No
Battery life (CIPA rating) 210 shots
(1,250 mAh)
260 shots
(680 mAh)
300 shots
(1,025 mAh)
350 shots
(1,240 mAh)
Size (WHD) 4.1 x 2.4 x 1.6 in
103 x 60 x 40 mm
4.2 x 2.4 x 1.7 in
106 x 60 x 42 mm
4.5 x 2.6 x 2.2 in
115 x 66 x 55 mm
4.0 x 2.3 x 1.5 inches
101.6 x 58.1 x 38.3 mm
Body operating weight 10.7 oz
302 g
10.9 (est.)
310 g (est.)
13.9 oz
394 g
9.9 oz
280.7 g
Mfr. price $650
£390 (est.)
$700 $700
Release date (US) October 2014 November 2016 November 2014 July 2013


  1. ^ Lumix ZS100 (
  2. ^ Lumix LX100 (
  3. ^ LX7 (
  4. ^ Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II (
  5. ^ Sony RX100 II (
  6. ^ Panasonic-specific features (
  7. ^ Sony RX100 IV (
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