The Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact System camera is the new range leader in Olympus's Micro Four Thirds line-up. The M1 is a upgraded and improved model over the original OM-D, the E-5. The M1 features an improved processor, increased screen and viewfinder resolutions, a new and improved 37 point autofocus system which features Phase detection with improved results when working with Four Thirds lenses. When your using the Micro Fourth Thirds lenses focusing is handled by the EM-1's 81-point contrast detect AF system. The EM-1 like the E-5 is weather, dust, splash and freeze proof, with a large high resolution touch LCD and electronic viewfinder. A new feature on the M1 is Wi-Fi connectivity, which enables the camera to connect to a smart phone or tablet and transfer images. By downloading an app for your smart phone or tablet you can also use these devices as a remote control and control the M1.
2 Year Olympus Warranty Included.
- Electronic Viewfinder with 2.36 megapixel resolution, advanced aspherical optics, x0.74 magnification (35mm equiv), 21mm eyepoint and 100% field of view
- Dual FAST-AF technology – both Contrast AF and on-chip Phase Detection AF with lens detection capabilities
- Enchanced 5-axis image stabiliser for improved stablisation at lower shutter speeds
- New 16.3 megapixel LiveMOS high-speed image sensor (ISO 25,600 max. sensitivity)
- TruePic VII advanced image processor
- Built-in WiFi function with full PASM control
- Full HD video with Multi-motion image stabilisation (broadcast quality; stereo sound)
- 3-inch tilting TFT-LCD touch-screen with 1,037K pixels
- 10 fps sequential shooting rate
- Splash, Dust and Freeze proof (to -10°C) metal alloy chassis
- Intervalometer to 999 shots with movie compilation
|Available Colours||Black, Silver|
|Image Stabilisation||Sensor Shift|
|Autofocus Points||81 points|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 sec|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 sec|
|Built-in Flash||External (included)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 fps|
|Self Timer||2 or 12 sec|
|Metering||Centre-weighted, Multi-pattern, Spot|
|Video Resolution||Full HD 1080|
|Memory Type||SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Connectivity||USB 2, Wi-Fi|
|Charger||Includes Li-Ion Charger|
|File Formats||JPEG, RAW, AVCHD, H.264, Motion JPEG|
|Dimensions||130 x 93 x 63 mm|
|Skill Level||Enthusiast, Semi-Professional|
|Lifestyle Uses||Family/Pets/Party, Portrait, Sports, Travel/Landscape|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||12 Months|
Excellent JPEGs straight from camera, astoundingly sharp 45mm lens, great autofocus
Bruce H, 1/01/2015
After ten years with Canon, and a full time pro, I jumped ship to Olympus in mid 2014. Weight and size issues lugging two Canons and big lenses at weddings.
Absolutely no regrets with picture quality. Weddings are a breeze with face recognition autofocus, and the kit 40-150 is surprisingly sharp! But the 12-40 f2.8 is simply superb. Believe all the reviews.... it's spectacular.
I have no qualms shooting 1600 ISO in RAW + Fine Jpeg, processed in Lightroom 5, but in most cases the jpeg is excellent, and that means post production time is cut in half or less. I use the HLD-7 grip always, and have never run out of battery yet. Got low once, but swapped a fresh battery in the grip and was up and away again.
Only downside, and this is quite serious, is that the wheel function dials are too easily changed, and are not able to be turned off, that I have found. I do a lot of aerial photography, with shutter preference automation at 1/2000 sec, and more than once, I've found the shutter speed altered to a slower speed accidentally. Action happens quickly, and it's sometimes 200 frames between checking, and it's not good when you discover the speed at 1/30th! A simple firmware upgrade could help.
Night photos and time lapse movies are an absolute breeze, with the unique Live Bulb time feature. I'm still learning the menu items, and will probably get the new lenses when they've been around for a while. (40-150 and 7-14 Pro) Also, the ability to use obscure lenses with inexpensive adapters, (like my 1975 Pentax 500mm f4.5) is a real bonus. I LOVE this camera with passion. It has rekindled my enthusiasm for photography.(I still use a Canon 7D with 10-22 for real estate work-- the Olympus 9-18 isn't quite wide enough).
Compact, Build quality, Screen size
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes