Olympus has a new retro-flavoured camera to sit alongside its well-regarded Pen range. The OM-D is based on the OM film SLR range that Olympus sold from 1972-2002, but features a fullly modern digital spec set.

Olympus claims that the OM-D features the world’s first 5-axis image stabilisation (IS) system to eliminate blur in stills and movies. Users can see the blur reduction effect live via the fast electronic viewfinder, while simultaneously benefitting from what Olympus says is the fastest auto-focus of any interchangeable lens camera (including all digitak-SLRs) with a further refinement of the FAST AF (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) also found on the popular PEN series models.

The camera has a new 16.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor, a TruePic VI image processing chip, an integrated 1.44 million dot high-definition electronic viewfinder and a new on-screen interface. The camera comes in a durable dust-/splashproof magnesium-alloy body. Accessories include the optional HDL-6 power battery holder grip, MMF-3 Four Thirds mount adapter, FL-600R electronic flash, and two new lens options – the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm 1:1.8 and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm 1:2.8 macro.

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm 1:2.8 macro lens

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm 1:1.8 lens

FL-600R electronic flash

HDL-6 power battery holder grip

MMF-3 Four Thirds mount adapter

The OM-D is avaiable with a silver or black body from April 2012 as a kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 for £1149.99. Body only price is to be confirmed.