The image above apparently shows the new 4K movie mode of the Olympus E-M1.
And for the first time I can reveal the source for this worked as a second unit assistant director on Iron Man 2.
The Olympus E-M1 is sitting on a goldmine. The 5 axis stabilisation system is heaven for video, but very little attention was given to video specs. The codec is only capable of recording in one frame rate, 30p, which is an NTSC rate completely unsuited to 70% of the world’s population living in Europe, the UK, China, Brazil and Australia. Consumers need 25p or 50p… and filmmakers are desperate for the 24p look!
Now Olympus are said to be working on a firmware update (source: 43rumors) that gives 21 steps of manual audio gain control (1 step more than the GH3).
Here is a summary of what else video users need.
Featuring original music by HERDWHITE – “I Already Know What For”.
The E-M1 is a real surprise for a video.
For this review I decided to set myself a challenge with a musician friend, where we’d shoot a music video ‘Dogme 95’ style.
In the process I learned a lot about what makes the E-M1 such an effective camera for filmmakers.
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.
Does the new OM-D E-M5 manage to produce a GH2 style virtuoso performance in video mode?
I have to say there are some question marks over that – but as a stills camera it is now my absolute number one choice against some very tough competition – the 5D Mark III, Fuji X Pro 1 and Sony NEX 7.
For me the OM-D is a superb stills camera with question marks for video. So satisfied I am with it as my main stills camera I’ve replaced both my Fuji X Pro 1 and NEX 7 with it for stills. Much better AF and the lens range were certainly a factor in that, but this camera also combines the retro good looks of the Fuji with the operational fluency and advanced featureset of the NEX 7, as well as offering superb 5 axis image stabilisation inside the body.
But how does it do for video?