Olympus OM-D E-M1

Announced Sep 10, 2013 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Sep 10, 2013

Manufacturer description: The OM-D E-M1 interchangeable lens camera is now the flagship of Olympus's Micro Four Thirds lineup. Rather than calling it the follow-up to the E-M5, Olympus says that the E-M1 is actually the 'successor' to the E-5, a Four Thirds DSLR introduced back in 2010. The E-M1's 16.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor has on-chip 37-point phase detection, which allows the E-M1 to focus legacy Four Thirds lenses (using the optional MMF-3 adapter) at much faster speeds than previous Olympus m4/3 cameras. When you're using Micro Four Thirds lenses, focusing is handled by the EM-1's 81-point contrast detect AF system.

The EM-1 is weather, dust, splash and freezeproof, with a large high resolution touch LCD and electronic viewfinder. It retains the E-M5's built-in 5-axis image stabilization, plenty of customizable controls, and Wi-Fi image transfer and camera controls via Olympus's Image Share 2.0 smartphone app.

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Review, Oct 28, 2013
Quick specs
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO 100-25600 in 1/3EV or 1EV increments
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,037,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format H.264, Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 497 g (1.10 lb / 17.53 oz)
Dimensions 130 x 94 x 63 mm (5.13 x 3.68 x 2.48)
GPS None

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Our review

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.

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 videos
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