Backscatter publishes a review of the OM OM-1 system
Full-frame sensors have been stealing the show for what seems like forever. There’s been a seemingly endless stream of excellent full-frame mirrorless cameras on paper making headlines in recent years, and not just high-end options like the Nikon Z9, Canon EOS R3 and Sony Alpha. 1, but also more affordable choices like the Nikon Z5, Canon EOS R6, and Sony a7 Mark IV. You could be forgiven for thinking that nobody makes cameras with smaller sensors anymore.
That’s not entirely true, of course. Apparently the APS-C sized sensor (~1.5x crop factor) isn’t dead: we have the brand new Canon EOS R7 and EOS R10, the Nikon Z50 and new Z30, and the “venerable” range a6000 from Sony, including the flagship a6600 (which is overdue for a refresh). And then we have Micro Four Thirds with its 2x crop factor. It’s alive too: February this year saw the release of two high-end bodies: the highly anticipated Panasonic Lumix GH6 and the first camera under the OM System brand, the OM-1.
It’s the OM-1 that’s the target of Backscatter’s latest gear review from the recent Digital Shootout, and reviewer Jim Decker wastes no time answering the question of sensor size. In short, yes, resolution takes a hit, but there’s a huge benefit for traveling underwater shooters: a much smaller range of lenses and, as a result, a much more compact and lighter rig. generally. But the real question is, of course: how well does the OM-1 work underwater? To answer this, Jim considers all the usual points of interest, including image and video quality, subject tracking, and white balance performance. For Jim it’s a mixed bag, but for photos the OM-1 impresses, with Backscatter crowning it “the best 4/3 camera a photo shooter can have right now”.
Read the full review for details.