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Everything We Know About The Next “Olympus” Camera, The Om System Om-5

It looks like the OM System OM-5 will come out in September. It will have a sensor that is stacked, and it will be able to take 15 pictures per second.

OM System OM-5 mockup

The OM System OM-5 should be Olympus’s next camera. It will be made by OM Digital Solutions, which now owns Olympus’s camera division. Leaks have told us a lot about the new body, like when it will come out, what kind of sensor it will have, and even some of the AF tricks it will have.

Even though the OM System OM-5 would be the third camera made by the new owners after Olympus, after the new flagship OM System OM-1 and the Olympus PEN E-P7, it would be the first one to drop the famous brand name. In honour of the 50th anniversary of the first Olympus OM-1 film camera, the company said that the OM-1 was the last camera to have “Olympus” on the pentaprism.

As you might expect, the OM System OM-5 would replace the great Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III, just like the OM-1 replaced the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and Olympus OM-D E-M1X as the top model.

What do we know about the OM-5 right now?

Details about the OM System OM-5.

The OM-1 from Olympus

It looks like the image sensor in the OM-5 will be the same as the one in the top-of-the-line OM-1 (Image credit: Olympus)
The site 43 Rumors, which has a pretty good track record when it comes to leaking specs, has posted the first bits of information about the OM System OM-5.

The new camera will have the same stacked 20.4MP image sensor as the OM-1, according to the news source. But the site says that the OM-5 will only be able to shoot at 15 fps, while the flagship can shoot at up to 120 fps. The E-M5 Mark III has the same top speed (when not shooting in Pro Capture, where it hits 30fps).

So, the two lines wouldn’t have to compete with each other. Before, it was hard for Olympus to tell the difference between the E-M5 line and the E-M1 line for professionals. But because the Panasonic GH6 has a higher resolution (25.2MP), the OM-5 might lose a little ground to its competitor.

Still, the website says that the OM-5 will have AI subject tracking, which was previously only available in the top-of-the-line E-M1/OM-1 line. Still, if the rumour that the OM-5 will only have one card slot turns out to be true, pros will still want the OM-1.

43 There are also rumours that both the OM-1 and the OM-5 will use the same BLX-1 battery. This is great for streamlining production, but not so great for E-M5 users who want to upgrade (who already had to change battery types from the Mark II to the Mark III).

When is OM System OM-5 going to be available?

People say that the OM System OM-5 will be announced in September 2022, and that it will start shipping in October.

This would be another step away from February, when the first camera and the Mark II came out, which is when the E-usual M5 would come out. In November 2019, the E-M5 Mark III came out.

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