After almost a hundred years in the camera business, Olympus made the decision to sell its imaging division to a Japanese investment fund in 2020. It was a decision that many felt marked the end of Olympus cameras, with the investment fund deciding to rebrand Olympus cameras under a new company called OM System.
However, in celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the Olympus OM-1 SLR
(which hit the market in 1972), OM System has decided to launch one final camera under the Olympus brand – the Olympus OM-1.
In this Olympus OM-1 mirrorless camera review, we’ll cover everything you need to know about what looks to be the final Olympus camera to ever be released. Then we’ll discuss how you can protect your camera and camera lenses with an industry-leading extended warranty from Upsie.
Olympus OM-1 Key Features and Specs
The Olympus OM-1 comes equipped with a 20MP stacked BSI Live MOS sensor. It also has a TruePix X engine that takes the camera’s performance up a couple of notches compared to its Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III predecessor. Thanks to its “stacked” sensor, the Olympus OM-1 is able to deliver incredibly fast read-out speeds. This means that the camera is able to capture especially rich and detailed images.
Another key upgrade on the Olympus OM-1 mirrorless camera is its autofocus performance. With 1,053 phase-detection autofocus points and Quad Pixel AF software, the Olympus OM-1 features AF tracking. It’s great for a wide range of subjects such as portraits, wildlife, helicopters and trains.
As for the camera’s design, the Olympus OM-1 is largely identical to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. The main differences are a new electronic viewfinder and rear screen. The OM-1 is also slightly thicker than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III, but only by a few millimeters. Weighing in at just 599g, it’s a very lightweight camera that is ideal for on-the-go photographers.
One attribute that Olympus cameras
have always been known for is their durability and toughness, and the Olympus OM-1 is certainly no exception. Billed as the world’s first IP53-rated camera, the Olympus OM-1 is resistant to water splashes, dust intrusion, and extreme cold. In fact, the Olympus OM-1 is supposedly completely freeze-proof. That means that it should be able to withstand even sub-zero temperatures without suffering any damage or performance issues.
Scheduled for release in early March, the Olympus OM-1 should cost $2,199. It’s a big jump from the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III’s initial price of $1,799, but it’s still a competitive price compared to other cameras.
All things considered, the OM-1 promises to be a camera that sends the storied Olympus brand out with a bang. With that said, purchasing an Olympus OM-1 without warranty protection could end up costing you a pretty penny.
Insure Your Olympus Camera With an Extended Warranty From Upsie
The Olympus OM-1 is undeniably a durable camera – with an IP53 rating to prove it. Yet, cameras are always one accident away from being rendered inoperable. Even something as simple as a small drop or a large spill could leave your camera permanently damaged. The last thing you want is to be left with a costly repair or replacement.
Thankfully, you can purchase a camera extended warranty from Upsie
. This industry-leading extended warranty comes with a low $25 deductible and covers cameras against all types of damages. If you would like to learn more about how you can protect your Olympus camera with the most comprehensive and affordable camera extended warranty on the market then be sure to contact Upsie
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