Olympus OM-D E-M1

Announced Sep 10, 2013 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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In most respects the E-M1 does a good job bridging the gap between a traditional DSLR and a Micro Four Thirds camera. Its controls and customizability may overwhelm less hands-on users, but those who don't mind tinkering will love its flexibility. The improved autofocus tracking and performance with original Four Thirds lenses adds to the appeal of a camera with blazingly fast AF acquisition speeds with its native lenses.

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Gold Award
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Good for

Those who prefer viewfinder shooting, want a relatively compact system camera without sacrificing external controls of a DSLR.

Not so good for

Sports and fast action demanding very fast burst rates, very low light, and users with little interest in customizing camera functions.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 review

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Olympus OMD EM1 is a triumph, a highly satisfying camera that I can highly recommend to anyone who wants semi-pro performance and handling without the heft of a traditional DSLR. If you're looking for a high-performance mirrorless camera or DSLR, the EM1 should be high on your shortlist. I've gone over the highlights in detail above and throughout...

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