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New Olympus E-M1 with "moire reduction" but no 24p


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Olympus OM D E M1

Olympus have announced a new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera, the OM-D E-M1 which goes head to head with the GH3 but without any of Panasonic's focus on video. The camera offers only one frame rate at all resolutions - 30p.

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Full official specs: http://www.olympus-europa.com/site/en/c/cameras/om_d_system_cameras/om_d/e_m1/e_m1_specifications.html

 

At first I thought, fine, they just don't wanna add more programming cost to creating menu options with e.g a high bit rate mode.

But looking at video specs it seems to already be two modes for 1080p, one "high" bitrate  24 Mbps and one lower 16Mbps..

So it's just tweaking of numbers, this was a deliberate choice, what is going on here?!

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I'd love it if someone could foucs on a hack for the EM5, personalviews had a thread on that, but sadly has somewhat stalled.

 

I'm hoping that in the near future a firmware update is issued for the EM1 and could be engineered for the EM5, at least we could up the bitrate and codec on video.

 

As to why Oly are so stumborn on the issue of video, this from someone on the inside of the company "we left the video side to pana'.

 

For over a year I've emailed filmakers and bloggers who wrote about this cam and are of the opinion, it is what it is and Oly knows what the filmaking community out there wants, but they simply don't care of that side of the cam.

 

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Full official specs: http://www.olympus-europa.com/site/en/c/cameras/om_d_system_cameras/om_d/e_m1/e_m1_specifications.html

 

At first I thought, fine, they just don't wanna add more programming cost to creating menu options with e.g a high bit rate mode.

But looking at video specs it seems to already be two modes for 1080p, one "high" bitrate  24 Mbps and one lower 16Mbps..

So it's just tweaking of numbers, this was a deliberate choice, what is going on here?!

 

 

I love that Olympus's "high bitrate" is the same bitrate an iPhone from several generations ago does.

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So there is no 25p for PAL versions of the camera? That's just aggravating.. And It would have to be on purpose though right? Surely they're not that moronic over at Olympus.

The only conclusion is that they have agreed with Panasonic or more likely Sony that they will only provide basic video functions so as not to compete with these other manufacturers.

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The only conclusion is that they have agreed with Panasonic or more likely Sony that they will only provide basic video functions so as not to compete with these other manufacturers.

Any non-compete would be more moronic than Olympus not leveraging their 5-axis stabilizer in the growing video market.

 

Olympus has moved forward with the E-M1, but they fell sadly short of the mark.

 

As Andrew has said, maybe Sony will leverage the 5-axis.

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Any non-compete would be more moronic than Olympus not leveraging their 5-axis stabilizer in the growing video market.

 

Olympus has moved forward with the E-M1, but they fell sadly short of the mark.

 

As Andrew has said, maybe Sony will leverage the 5-axis.

 

Presumably Olympus are getting something out of not competing. After the scandal their financial status must be pretty poor otherwise why would they license their fabulous stabilisation technology to Sony instead of keeping it as a USP?

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The whole Sony <3 Olympus thing is pretty new though. Olympus always only had 30p, while Panasonic went full out with video functions (GH1, GH2)...

 

The deal between Sony and Olympus is mostly about the medical branch of Olympus. Sony invested heavily because they don't just want to rely on the consumer market. Camera wise technology is going in both directions, the sensor in the OM-D is from Sony for example.

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