Hamburg, 05/15/2020 | Press release | Camera & audio
Olympus releases the long-awaited ED 12‑45mm F4 PRO and a video content creation kit with its E-M5 Mark III
New OM-D E-M5 Mark III kits
A few weeks ago, Olympus launched the world’s most compact and lightweight high-performance standard zoom lens M.Zuiko Digital ED 12‑45mm F4 PRO.* In combination with the also compact and lightweight OM-D E-M5 Mark III camera, unrivalled mobility is now possible. The acclaimed weather-sealing allows for shooting in all conditions. This ideal combination will be available as a kit from mid-May, for all photo enthusiasts looking for professional quality in a handy format. The new OM-D movie kit with the E-M5 Mark III and the LS-P4 audio recorder is ideal for all vloggers, filmmakers and YouTubers who rely on top quality gear and like to travel light. The kit centers around the versatile E-M5 Mark III camera with high-performance autofocus capabilities: a powerful image stabilization system and “OM-D Movie” features, which deliver an extensive array of creative options for filmmakers. Also included are the wide-angle M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0 lens and an Olympus LS-P4 linear PCM recorder, to ensure brilliantly clear sound, as well as further accessories to guarantee a worry-free video content creation experience.
At up to half the size and weight of other interchangeable lens systems, Olympus’ biggest advantage is its optimal mobility owing to the compact camera system and lenses. The combination of the high-resolution, high-performance lens line-up and powerful image stabilization results in sharp, high-quality videos and photos for a variety of scenarios.
Packing some of the latest imaging technologies in a highly compact body, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III represents these benefits to the fullest and is therefore the perfect choice for every photo and vlogging enthusiast on the go.
OM-D E-M5 Mark III 12‑45mm F4 PRO kit
One compact and lightweight lens for many possibilities
The optical configuration of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO lens is inherited from the ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens, which is well recognized for its high-quality standards. Effective placement of special lenses in the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO lens allows for the world’s most compact, lightweight design*, covering a focal length from wide angle 24mm to telephoto 90mm (35mm equivalent). A small and lightweight focusing lens enables high-speed, precise AF for any subject. Aspherical lenses and ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating drastically reduce aberrations, ghosts, and flares for sharp, high-definition image quality. Suppressing loss of light at the edges of images makes it possible to obtain a bright, clear depictive performance over the entire image.
Superb macro capabilities
The M.Zuiko ED 12-45 mm F4.0 PRO is also suitable for macro photography with a maximum magnification of 0.25x (0.5x 35mm equivalent) across the entire zoom range. The closest focusing distance is 12 cm at the wide-angle end, and 23 cm at the telephoto end. Diverse macro effects are possible, such as Focus Stacking****, which generates a single image in the camera with a large depth of field in focus from the foreground to the background.
The perfect match
The new flexible standard zoom lens is the solution for all those who want to achieve maximum performance with as little equipment as possible. It fits perfectly to the OM-D E-M5 Mark III, which is just as flexible, compact and light. It features a weather-sealed construction, high-performance autofocus capabilities and a powerful image stabilization system, along with versatile shooting features to deliver brilliant image quality and an extensive array of creative options for photographers and filmmakers.
The OM-D movie kit
All video producers know about the importance of sound. The Olympus LS-P4 audio recorder is the perfect match for the E-M5 Mark III and helps creatives to complement their production with Hi-Res audio quality.
Why the Olympus movie kit is the ideal choice for aspiring video content creators
Advanced imaging technology in an ultra-small body and a high-quality wide-angle lens ensure the versatility modern video creators need.
Being one of the most compact and lightweight wide-angle lens kits in its class, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0 lens can easily be carried everywhere to make sure no video shot is missed.
The camera’s in-body 5-axis image stabilization system ensures that moving images look even clearer and sharper by compensating for unwanted camera-shake.
Olympus’ highly precise 121-point all cross-type on-chip Phase Detection autofocus (AF) system brings out the full potential of the distinguished MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism, enabling fast and quiet autofocusing in M.Zuiko lenses without “jumping” focus. Thus, the focus in a film scene can no longer be lost, the result: sharp results in almost any situation or environment.
With the E-M5 Mark III’s swivel touch LCD, creatives and vloggers maintain full control of the framing and background as well as quick and easy access to a control panel with the most important settings – even when taking a selfie shot or holding the camera high or low.
Due to the direct and easy connection of the E-M5 Mark III with Olympus’ acclaimed LS-P4 sound recorder, video enthusiasts have the choice to record sound directly onto the movie file and upload it right away, or to combine sound and video in post production. Full compatibility and easy synchronization are guaranteed since both the camera and the audio recorder are genuine Olympus products.
Superior sound makes any movie better: The Olympus LS series ensures crisp, brilliant audio for video
The Olympus LS series is renowned for its compact, sleek design and exceptional sound quality. Offering better-than-CD quality recording allowing for a frequency spectrum of up to 20Hz – 20kHz, the LS-P4 ensures a rich stereophonic sound.
At loud volumes, the capability of handling sound pressure levels (SPL) of up to 120dB without clipping as well as the acclaimed Olympus noise cancelling system come into play.
With a near perfect sampling rate of up to 96 kHz/24-Bit sound PCM, FLAC or MP3 recording***** (and playback), the LS-P4 is a feature-packed high-resolution audio recorder. It brings together high quality of sound with ultimate ease of use and flexibility – making it the ideal companion for video production on the go.
With the new firmware Version 1.10 for the LS-P4, a Slate Tone function has been added to make sound file editing / video synchronization easier, while the new Test Tone feature supports users in adjusting the recording level for optimal results. By using Olympus Workspace Version 1.3 it is easy to replace the audio files of the recorded video to High res sound recorded by using Slate Tone.
An included Joby GorillaPod and further accessories take the versatility and convenience for video creators to the next level
In addition to the E-M5 Mark III camera, the high-quality M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0 lens, a metal lens hood to minimize the risk of reduced contrast and flares from sunlight, the Olympus LS-P4 sound recorder and further useful accessories; the new movie kit includes a Joby GorillaPod to place the camera on almost any surface or to support hand-held shooting.
When capturing sound for video, the LS recorder may be used as separate hand-held device or, utilizing the included shock mount adapter (Olympus SM2) and 3.5mm cable (Olympus KA335), as a flexible microphone on top of the camera to save on synchronization efforts in post-production. The included windshield offers protection from wind noises when filming outdoors.
For more information on shooting video content with Olympus cameras and sound recorders please visit www.olympus.eu/video_sound.
Availability & pricing
The new OM-D 12‑45mm F4 PRO kit is available from mid of May at an RRP of 1,599.00 EUR. The OM-D movie kit is available now at an RRP** of 1.999,00 EUR. The included OM-D cameras and M.Zuiko lenses come with a free six-month warranty extension****** when registered via the MyOlympus platform at http://my.olympus.eu.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is fully compatible with Olympus’ extensive range of Micro Four Thirds lenses and accessories, including tailor-made camera bags, electronic flashes and the free image editing and workflow software Olympus Workspace and smartphone app OI.Share.
More information at www.olympus.eu/accessories.
Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at www.olympus-europa.com for the latest specifications.
* As of February 12, 2020. World’s most compact, lightweight standard zoom lens with a constant aperture value.
** Recommended Retail Price
*** With M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO at a focal distance of f=100mm (35mm equivalent: f=200mm), halfway release image stabilization: Off, frame rate: high speed. CIPA standards compliant on 2 axes (Yaw and Pitch).
**** Supported cameras: OM-D E-M1 Mark III. A firmware update is required for the following camera models: OM-D E-M1X, OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark III
***** 96 kHz/24-Bit only possible when recording in PCM or FLAC format.
****** Six months on top of the statutory warranty in the country of purchase.