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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review

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Based on a production Olympus OM-D E-M1 with Firmware 1.0

The E-M1 is the second model in Olympus's OM-D series and extends the range further into semi-pro/enthusiast territory. There are two main distinctions that set the E-M1 apart from its little brother (the E-M5) - a more sophisticated autofocus system and a 'buttons for everything' design approach. As such the two models will coexist, with the E-M1 sitting at the very top of Olympus's lineup.

The biggest technological step forward on the E-M1 is the addition of on-sensor phase detection elements, giving the camera two distinct focus modes. The phase-detection system is used when lenses from the original Four Thirds system, which were designed for use that way, are attached. With native, Micro Four Thirds lenses, the camera will mainly stick with the contrast detection system that has proved so fast and accurate on the E-M5. Only if you use tracking AF will the camera utilize phase-detection information with a Micro Four Thirds lens.

The E-M1 also gains the excellent 2.3M-dot electronic viewfinder panel we first saw as the VF-4 accessory for the PEN E-P5. Not only is the resolution very impressive, but the viewfinder optics give a viewfinder with magnification of up to 1.48x (depending on display mode), which puts it only a fraction behind the 0.76x viewfinder in Canon's 1D X and ahead of Nikon's pro-grade D4 DSLRs.

There's also a more advanced 'TruePic VII' processor in the E-M1 that conducts a variety of lens corrections, when creating JPEGs, leading the company to proclaim the best image quality offered by one of its cameras. Not only can the E-M1 remove the colour fringing caused by lateral chromatic aberration, Olympus says that it also tunes its sharpening to take into account the lens's sharpness, and to combat any softening due to diffraction (particularly at very small apertures).

The biggest difference between the E-M1 and the E-M5, though, is the degree of direct control on offer. We really liked the E-M5's twin-dial control system, but the E-M1 goes beyond that by providing button-and-dial combinations for quickly changing almost every imaginable setting on the camera. It's the kind of approach you don't usually get until the very top of manufacturers' lineups - it means you have to get used to where every function is, but can shoot fluidly once you have.

The E-M1 inherits the '2x2' dial approach Olympus previously used on the E-P5 - flicking a switch on the camera changes the dials from controlling shutter speed, aperture or exposure compensation to changing ISO and white balance. However, all this direct control doesn't come at the expense of the potentially slower but easier to find touch-screen interface - the E-M1 has this too. Overall the camera can be operated pretty much however you fancy.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 specification highlights:

  • 16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor with no low-pass filter
  • On-sensor phase detection elements
  • Twin control dials (front and rear) with '2x2' dual-mode option
  • '5-axis' image stabilization with automatic panning detection ('S-IS Auto')
  • ISO 'LOW' (100 equiv) - ISO 25,600
  • Up to 10fps continuous shooting (6.5 fps shooting with continuous AF)
  • 1.04M-dot 3" LCD touchscreen display - tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards
  • Electronic viewfinder: 2.36M-dot LCD, 0.74x magnification (equiv.), eye sensor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for remote shooting and image transfer to smartphone or tablet
  • Dust, splash and freeze-proof (to -10 °C)

Gained over the E-M5

  • True Pic VII processor, with lens corrections
  • 1/8000 sec top shutter speed, 1/320 sec flash sync
  • Built-in microphone socket (rather than optional accessory adapter)
  • Flash X-sync socket
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Focus 'peaking' display
  • In-camera HDR blending (two modes), previewed in viewfinder

Four Thirds is dead. Long live Four Thirds.

As well as representing the highest-end Micro Four Thirds camera yet, the E-M1's role is also about offering continued support for users of the original Four Thirds SLR system. Olympus created some very nice Four Thirds lenses, but the company struggled to make enough impact in the SLR market to justify the cost of continuing development for both systems in parallel.

The company claims to have studied what the E-M1 and a hypothetical 'E-7' SLR could offer, and concluded that, while image quality, durability and speed would have been the same, the OM-D design allowed both a substantial size advantage and a much greater viewfinder magnification than would be possible with an optical finder. As such the E-M1 should be considered the successor to the E-5.

We'll look at the performance of the camera with Four Thirds lenses in a little more depth later in this article. But in principle, the on-sensor phase detection autofocus system should be much more effective than contrast detection when it comes to controlling Four Thirds lenses, all of which were primarily designed to be driven by phase detection-based systems.


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StevenE

It's micro 4/3, so you can forget about shallow DOF.
If that doesn't bother you, then this format could work.
Non starter for me, unless it can fit in my pocket.

3 upvotes
Thorgrem

Go take a look at some m4/3 of 4/3 Flickr groups. Plenty of shallow DOF. Also shallow DOF is not the only aspect of photography.

26 upvotes
Photomonkey

Yeah, I keep forgetting about all those cameras that go in your pocket and have shallow DOF.

6 upvotes
sdribetahi

No, shallow DOF is not the only aspect of photography, but for the price and something labelled 'pro', the camera should give you the option. Every camera can give you a huge DOF, including a p&s. Until the camera is good for ALL types of photography, it's not 'pro'.

1 upvote
AbrasiveReducer

Everything is labeled "pro". It doesn't mean anything, except to the guy who bought it.

3 upvotes
Thorgrem

So 'pro' camera's doesn't exist because, as we all know, every camera is a compromise. And yes, even a FF camera is a bunch of compromises.

5 upvotes
szlevi

I must be dreaming then - my E-M5 gives me plenty of shallow DOF with my Oly 45/1.8 lens...

11 upvotes
moizes 2

StevenE, try the Oly 75mm. It the best in world (today) glass,( in its class), of every respect, especially bokeh. Let as wait and see a real images, not a talkative demagogue from some ignorants here.

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5 upvotes
davidrm

So, according to sdribetahi a PhaseOne is not a pro camera.. since it is USELESS for video, for sports, for, well, endless things. So many camera users (owners, even). So few photographers.

4 upvotes
white shadow

If shallow depth of field is the main criteria in photography, then everyone should be using medium or large format.

While shallow depth of field is useful for portraits and macro photography it is not required for landscape or product photography. If one really take photos professionally, he would have different cameras and lenses for different purpose.

This camera would be very useful for a travel photographer who need the rugged and higher specification in a small package.

If one knows how to use a micro 4/3 camera properly, he can get reasonable shallow depth of field. I have achieve very satisfactory results with the 45mm f/1.8 and the 75mm f/1.8. In fact, the result is much better or equal to any DSLR. Just try it for yourself.

Most important is to learn the technique.

6 upvotes
calking

@ abrasive: BINGO
@ white shadow: BINGO 2

0 upvotes
spidermoon

If you want true DOF, go to Pentax 645D, it's surely the top PRO camera, it's big, have big lense, big sensor, big mirror and thin DOF. :)

0 upvotes
StevenE

Of course you can get shallow dof, but you need wider apertures and you need to get much closer to the subject, which is not always possible.
BTW ... I don't expect as much from a camera that I can put in my pocket, but I can put my EOS-M with 22mm f/2 in my pocket, and get pretty shallow DOF.

These m4/3 cameras appeal to some people, fine. Not as a main camera for me. However I would consider one that could fit in my pocket, otherwise no thanks

0 upvotes
StevenE

BTW "white shadow" shallow DOF is absolutely NOT something you look for in macro photography. Shallow DOF is a problem in macro, something photographers have to grapple with, even using focus stacking to increase the DOF.

Anyway, if you are happy with DOF capabilities of m4/3 then go for it. As my trumpet teacher used to say "The quickest way to be happier with your performance is to lower your standards."
His point applies here.

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leeharrisx

Nonsense. plenty of shallow dof actually, oh what do I know? I just use them to shoot portraits for a living...

0 upvotes
kreislauf

*applaudes leeharrisx*

don't know if people, who despise everything except FullFrame here did ever shoot with. or whatever their reasons are.

i like the m4/3 system. back then i even had DOF shallow enough for me with my 18.5 /1.8 nikon 1. most of the time i even struggled with a too shallow DOF (and 18.5 /1.8 with a crop of 2.7x is nothing some people here want to touch ever!)
so it all comes down what you want.

shallow DOF and a creamy bokeh (these excact words!) is b̶̶e̶̶t̶̶t̶̶e̶̶r̶ more apparent with FF than m4/3. m4/3 can not reach that level, so i think, people who are biased will use that fact.
while others use size/portability.

after all this years of debate i am reading this argument-slapping more with a smile than emotions.

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BYRON MCD 77-81

Stick on the Zuiko 50mm macro (good for portraits) and you've got all the shallow DOF you'll ever need.

0 upvotes
Bob Tullis

Blah, blah, blah. No one is asking about what's REALLY important - like how the eyecup is secured compared to the E-M5. Focus, people. ;)

4 upvotes
JEROME NOLAS

Damn eyecups, sticking out one inch out! For people with big noses? And why they have such weird shapes?

2 upvotes
calking

Some noses are just that way...shaped weird.

6 upvotes
atamola

The fuzzy boundaries between mirrorless and SLR cameras are a good thing for all of us –irrespective of whether you are a professional or keen amateur.
Until recently, if you wanted D3X image quality you had to pay almost $6000. Today, you can have that for a fraction of the price and weight.
Until recently, the only one offering a relatively “compact” full frame camera was Leica and you had to pay around $7000 for it. Today you have the Sony-Zeiss combo in the RX1 for 40% of that price.
OMD, PEN, GX, X-… series did not exist.
Pick whatever suits you and carry on –let others pick whatever they want.

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calking

I think the operative term you used that's the real issue for most of these forum heads is "pick what suits you...".

There can be no picking for most, because the perfect camera hasn't yet been invented. You know the one....tab-controlled flip sensor (APS-c and FF), mid-size body built like a tank but light and can be shrunk or expanded to taste, built-in lens adapter for any lens made post WWII, removable EVF with live satellite television broadcast of the users settings, quality craftsmanship on par with Rolls Royce for the cost of a Volkswagen Bus.....

4 upvotes
kreislauf

LOL

true. plus some forum heads are tolls who just get high on specs and "pro" stuff. you know, those people who would pay double for exclusive apple crap... (no offense)

0 upvotes
DanielFjall

Jeez! It's all numbers and terms. Wait for the god dmn pictures, folks!

2 upvotes
DanielFjall

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mingthein/sets/72157635374194450/

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Juck

I thought the whole point of MILC systems was to reduce size? This behemoth is practically the same size as a Canon T5i,,, it's also double the price and has less resolution than the T5i. Heck,,, you could pick up a 70D for less than this thing.

Definitely one for the fanboys.

12 upvotes
RPJG

Yes, because this is so much bigger than a 70D.

2 upvotes
Boissez

It still is significantly smaller than the 70D,

http://camerasize.com/compact/#482.336,469.303,ha,t

Yet it offers more features at half the weight.

8 upvotes
bcalkins

You are missing the point! It is the size of the SYSTEM that attracts me to Olympus. Sure you can get a small body like the SL1 or T series, but none of those choices offer the sealing and durability, the large viewfinder, twin control dials and customization, etc. And most importantly, I can get small lenses and bodies to round out the system. With the Canon setup you end up going to full frame bodies and lenses. The smallest dSLRs are comparable to the largest MILC cameras. With Olympus (or Fuji and Samsung) it is all one system, from the smallest body to the largest, and the lenses are all compatible. Where is the Canon 24mm or 28mm equivalent prime lens for the T5i? The EM-1 with a pancake lens is still very small, compared to a similarly spec'd APS-C camera and shares lenses with the E-PM2 or GF series. Similarly, if you want fast primes you have to get full frame lenses for your APS-C body...

10 upvotes
Photomonkey

So the Canon T5i is you lust camera?
Also small does not have to mean pocketable.
Pockets are for phones.

1 upvote
pdelux

Juck you are comparing the Largest M43 to the smallest DSLR?

Compare like for like and you will see the difference. Also include lenses as Most photographers use them....

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Juck

Listen to you fanboys,,, you hold the metal body and weather sealing,, and especially the way it looks higher than it's capabilities as an actual camera.

I'm a photographer,, I care about the photographs.

This toy has no place as a street/art shooter due to the comical DOF.

As a wildlife shooter? ,,, ummm,, I don't think so.

On the sidelines of a football game? hell no,, ,,, so don't bore me with your blatherings about fps, IQ, and weather sealing. The guys on the sidelines use Nikon & Canon pro bodies (maybe 1 in 50 use Sony) for a reason,,, they have the best AI Tracking,, the best IQ,, the best DOF,, the best weather sealing and the best lenses. When I see one of these <laff> bodies on the sidelines at the next Buccs game,,,, we'll talk again.

You buy one of these,,, you bought a nice landscape/travel body,,, that's it,,, basically a 2013 equivalent of the Kodak Instamatic. Live with it.

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pdelux

LOL^^ who sounds like a fanboy --- the best this the best that...

You may be right... FF DSLR has the BEST IQ the BEST DOF... ETC Most people who bought M43 already know this and they bought it anyway. Some people dont need the best if it means dragging around 5 Kg worth of gear. Some people (even pro's) are happy with second best and loads of other benefits.

I am not sure why you are so angry.

3 upvotes
Jonathan Parker Smith junior

I really want to see your photos Juck, they must be really something ;)

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Teru Kage

E-M1, the successor of E-M5...sure there's nothing confusing about that. Nikon and Canon had a few models released before their number system started going backward; you'd think Olympus would have had the foresight to start with E-M1.

Anyways, based on my personal usage of M4/3, I don't feel the gains of the E-M1 justify the additional body bulk over the E-M5. To me, the appeal of M4/3 has always been good performance in a small package.

1 upvote
Richard Butler

This isn't a successor to the E-M5, it's an additional model.

4 upvotes
G1Houston

Yeah, it is where you put the "-" that counts. :)

EM-1 vs E-M5. What do we do when we have EM-5?

1 upvote
Teru Kage

It's the successor in that it inherits the mantle of being the flagship (a title previously held by the E-M5).

0 upvotes
Stitzer23

Camera of the year? Back to back OMDs. Sweet.

5 upvotes
whyamihere

Dear Olympus,

Cute camera.

Remind me again: Why am I paying $1400 for the image performance of a 3+ year old APS-C camera? ('Portability' isn't really an excuse. Don't forget, you are in a joint venture with Sony, a purveyor of tiny APS-C M-ILC cameras.)

Thanks!

Sincerely,

Everyone Confused By Your Price Tag (which should be just about everyone)

20 upvotes
Macx

You're paying for the full feature set, not just the sensor. You can get the sensor performance in a lot cheaper cameras, both inside the M43 format and outside it.

6 upvotes
chris96326

Agree on price tag. Disagree on image quality, I have bought/sold many and ended up here in the M4/3 camp due to features, size, weight, and recently -- image quality.

Don't talk about Sony until they get some lenses and bodies that are able to focus correctly. And by that I mean as fast and accurately as M4/3. If you enjoy Sony's koolaid and can't stop drinking it, talk to someone who owned both. Oh wait, you just did... :)

13 upvotes
mpgxsvcd

Remind me again why Canon has still had the same image quality for 4 years? This Olympus camera has surpassed the image quality of every Canon APS-C camera ever made including their latest and almost as expensive 70D.

22 upvotes
Boissez

The images are virtually indistinguishable from the NEX-6. How is that a poor showing?

What you do get on top is pro-build, weather sealing and PDAF.

9 upvotes
Photomonkey

You may note the performance of three year old APS-C sensors are exactly that of today and this actually comes from a smaller sensor. In addition, you are getting very high performance handling, control and construction.

Snarky, spec based commentary inspired by your recent web education hardly qualifies as an informed criticism of a very sophisticated photographic instrument.

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whyamihere

Macx: I guess? That might be a sale if you're heavily invested in older 4/3 gear. Otherwise, no.
Chris96326: I'm just pointing out that Oly is late to the party in terms of image quality. Sony does have some laughably bad lenses. (And I've owned both, too. It's like we're connected... maybe we're twins :D )
Mpgxsvcd: Nobody knows why Canon kept the same 18mp sensor for 4 years, aside from Canon. Also: Proof? (And don't give me any of that DxOMark BS.)
Boissez: First, NEX 6 has phase detection, last I checked. Which means the rationale is: Weather sealing + mag alloy body = $500+ more? Uh, no.
Photomonkey: ...You sure about that? Aside from Canon and maybe Pentax, maybe, everyone else has moved on to better sensors. See above about my feelings on 'better build quality' for what is ultimately still a big, bulky MFT camera that negates all of the advantages of the MFT system. Also, try pretending for a second that I might actually have some experience in photography.

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calking

The argument here isn't about specifications per se -- you are debating the value proposition of the system compared to others. In that light, there is no right or wrong or better or worse -- people will buy what they want at any price.

I haven't read the whole thread but I'm sure someone probably says, "wait a few months -- the price will fall by $300 because the market for cameras like this is drying up and Oly is a sinking ship anyway..." Or something to that effect.

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white shadow

This 16Mp sensor is definitely a new one as it has built-in PDAF. I won't consider staying at 16Mp as a weakness or disadvantage if the overall performance is better.

I suppose it is like a car engine. We will always have 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre cars. A 2.0 litre car engine today will be definitely more efficient and more powerful than one made 30 years ago. Car engine does not have to increase in size just because it is new.

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Dimit

It seems to be of a top build quality,a variable that means a lot as all manufacturers more or less tend to apply sooner or later similar features but a few meet high quality standards.
No need to point out,one by one,every single goody,dpr has.Best for me the evf quality and MAGNIFICATION.
I am not an Olympus user but I admit this is-as of September 2013-an excellent stuff.It will fulfill the requirements of the whole population of semi-pro photographers as well as the 90% of the pros.
Pricewise,should be a bit more expensive as it would prevent volume sales! I hate everything that sells enormous quantities.
..the only ''but''..just a bit smaller..afterall it's a m43.

2 upvotes
tireur

Can't understand it: RAW and JPEG look much better from the E-M5. More resolution than the new sensor. Is Dpreview sure having not interchanged the pictures? They took the same lens? Which one?

4 upvotes
chris96326

I noticed that as well. The EM-5 is better on the comparison webpage. Either it is due to a pre-production EM-1 model, the sensor with it's phase feature, or the dpreview test shots that are the reason.

What is weird is the AA filter is supposedly removed, the images should be a tad bit sharper. I am sure this will draw out the dpreview pixel peeping haters and fill this thread with snappy replies. I wonder why there are so many pp haters, but soo many websites devoted to it and image quality?

5 upvotes
ironcam

Ming Thein and Robin Wong's pictures are much better. The reviews on this site are not done by good photographers. Test pictures are often terrible.

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Mssimo

EM-1 looks much better than the E-P5 (or E-M5) at high ISO..in fact, it looks better than the D7000. At ISO 25000, take a look at the playing cards in the night scene....lots more detail.
I bet olympus backed off the sharpening because they can now.

0 upvotes
tireur

Dpreview really should work at it, otherwise it is confusing. By the way I own the E M5 and as a pro, I am very happy with IQ. If I buy this camera, i do not want to downgrade IQ.

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particleman78

According to the review it uses every 1 out of 16 pixels for autofocus. That must have have some, albeit small, impact on image quality.

1 upvote
tireur

As I do not own FT lenses, I won't profit from phase detection, if I got it right. So lost pixels for me?

0 upvotes
Macx

PDAF is still used with micro four-thirds lenese for C-AF tracking and for this it is much better, according to the previews.

1 upvote
Michael Jardine

Looks great! But my entire reason for adding M43 to my stable is portability. I can't put my D800 into my jacket pocket. I can with my Pen(s), plus a lens or two. So the Pen lives with me, the D800 lives in the backpack. The EM1 would live in the backpack.

4 upvotes
Photomonkey

Yes, but you would really appreciate the EM-1 over the D800 after a day of shooting a wedding.

1 upvote
Haider

Under 1kg for getting ready to first dance is what you need. Imagine hand holding for over 12 hours...

0 upvotes
rpm40

Nice job by Oly- big enough to handle well and include all the controls you could want, yet still small enough to stick to the goal of m4/3. Their top line model is plenty capable but still as small as the smallest SLRS. Add in the lenses, and you have performance good enough for most uses with a smaller and lighter system.

I think most of the obvious areas that could be improved have already been pointed out- built in flash, second sd slot, and better video specs all make sense.

Please, comparisons to FF don't apply. The systems have different priorities, so skip the trolling and get on with life. It's ok to have choices. If you're wondering why anyone would choose this over a d800 with 2.8 zooms, you're missing the point.

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WBateman

Go tell that to Olympus then. From their Facebook feed this morning:

"The powerful Olympus OM-D E-M1 is packed with incredible speed and image quality that rivals full-frame DSLRs"

If THEY are going to compare their own camera to FF, it opens them up to fair criticism.

6 upvotes
calking

@ WBateman: marketing hype by the manufacturer doesn't change the point rpm is making.

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PhotoPoet

Using a Sony RX 100, Nikon D7000 and of course iPhone5. I think I will pass. I am even with all the reading I am doing still confused as to "why" I want to switch. For me the D7000 (any DSLR) is speed. I will have to read a bit more to see if these four thirds cameras perform in such as way as to dump my D7000. Any one that is a user of this equipment, not just a "mine is bigger so its better" shooter, feel free to provide insight

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kimchiflower

I carry a Panasonic G3, 3 primes, and an ultra wide zoom (14mm, 20mm, 45mm, 9-18mm), 2 spare batteries, and 2 filters in a bag in which my friend cannot even get his Nikon D90 BODY ONLY to fit inside.

The difference in IQ is not noticeable.

THAT is the difference in the m43 system

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chris96326

I just dumped my Nikon 7100 and lenses for M4/3s. Why? Size and unobtrusiveness. I get more shots and more keepers with OM-D's accurate and faster focus and silent shutter. And, I am not noticed as much.

The only, only regret with dropping Nikon is how well Nikon manages auto ISO by using non standard ISO values to capture the shot. M4/3 does a great job to, but sticks to standard values in 1/3 increments. Plus Oly has ISO bracketing (1 shot, 3 ISO values) which is fantastic and is an Olympus only feature. Imagine: HDR done in one shot.

The smaller, quicker, and lighter gear enables me to carry more and shoot more and keep more than Nikon -and- with the same image quality.

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deleted "not silent shutter" to "silent shutter"

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whyamihere

Kimchiflower: You sure about that?

I used to own a GX1 (same sensor as G3) and a couple of primes and zooms (some of the same lenses you are using), and I just bought a Nikon D7000 and a couple of primes. There's plenty of difference, even if you're not pixel peeping.

Perhaps you're not using your camera or photo editing software correctly. Either that or you're exhibiting what psychologists call 'compensation bias' in order to justify your purchasing decision.

Either way, at least at an empirical level, I'd disagree with what you said with the exception of the point about portability. Mind you, I'm using the same bag as I was with my MFT gear for my Nikon DSLR with plenty of room to spare.

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Juck

Bah-zing! lol

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Trumptipa

I think you mean confirmation bias. And if kimchiflower doesn't feel that the differences are significant for his/her work, who are you to argue? Just because YOU see differences doesn't mean someone else sees the differences or considers them or important for their art.

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bluevellet

The new studio comparison tool puts the E-M1 on par with the Nikon D7100, RAW and JPEG. I see no real advantage for the Nikon except the increased megapixels.

If D7100 gets caught up by a sensor 40% smaller, maybe Nikon should go back to the drawing board.

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StephanSchmidt

@whyamihere: What would help you most is learning to read forum threads I guess.

Kimchiflower did not compare his G3 to a D7000 but a D90. chris96326 compared a D7100 to his E-M5 in picture quality.

Hope I could help you.

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calking

PhotoPoet
I see no reason at all for you to switch. You'd have to invest in a new manufacturers system....body, lenses, accessories and you already have what you need to take great photos. Why spend money you don't have to?

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Chatokun

@bluevellet Doesn't Sony make both of their sensors?

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bluevellet

Yes but how the image is processed is different.

Take Sony's current FF sensor and Nikon still manages to squeeze more out of it, IMHO, than Sony does with the A99.

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Leandros S

Stephan, the D90 is actually smaller.

http://camerasize.com/compact/#7,179,185,ha,f

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Leandros S

@bluevellet:

If you want to see a camera squeezing more out of a given sensor, look at Pentax.

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chris96326

Focus Peaking (apparently m4/3 lenses only??)
Better Grip and button spacing
Phase Focus (apparently legacy 4/3 lenses only)
More buttons (but in a different arrangement, why?)
Keeping the tilt screen -- no lousy swivel, selfies are for amatuers

Looks like a market winner and a great evolution camera on paper. Sample images on this sight are nothing to write home about. I will sit this one out and wait for the GX-7 to ship.

I am more interested in the new lens to compete with Panny's 12-35mm.

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Managarm

>> Keeping the tilt screen -- no lousy swivel, selfies are for amatuers <<

Vertical shooting positions are also only for amateurs?

4 upvotes
Erik Magnuson

The PDAF is used with u4/3 lenses for continuous AF focus tracking.

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chris96326

I don't understand. Vertical means the subject is where? In front of the camera? Soo... you need to see the LCD when the subject is in the front of the camera. Hmmm... sounds like a selfie to me... or a situation that is needed 1% of the time for everyone else. Unless you really want a video camera. For the rest, a one second, one finger, one flip tilt screen is all that is needed to get that shot you want.

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davidrm

On a tripod, using live view, in portrait orientation, being able to swivel the screen to almost any angle to (a) avoid glare and (b) adapt to awkward positions is a huge handling advantage. And frankly my experience is that the E-3 / E-5 swivel mount is bullet proof... while the E-M5 version feels quite fragile.

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Ben Ramsey

Shots from a low angle (generally macro for me, though not exclusively) would benefit greatly from a side, or even a bottom tilt swivel screen. I have used an OM-D E-M5 extensively for over a year, and have run into this limitation repeatedly. Being able to actually see the subject I am photographing is beneficial in my opinion, and since I usually don't care to dig a hole to lie in before shooting from ground level, I personally would love a tilt-swivel screen. I don't know that it's a deal-breaker as there are work-arounds, but to say it's useless, amateurish, and exclusively for selfies is rubbish. There are, as I mentioned briefly, other circumstances which warrant such an lcd. They are not, I assure you, limited to a mere 1% of shooting situations, but rather limited by the photographer's vision and imagination.

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StevenE

Amateurs are the first people to claim that some feature they don't understand is "only for amateurs."

3 upvotes
calking

Based on the size of this model it does seem Oly skimped a bit on a more functional screen. I shoot Fuji so am used to a fixed screen but as Ben said its a nice feature to have in some situations.

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Managarm

>> I don't understand. Vertical means the subject is where? In front of the camera? Soo... you need to see the LCD when the subject is in the front of the camera. Hmmm... sounds like a selfie to me... <<

As others already pointed out, a vertical shooting position (= portrait orientation) has nothing to do with selfies. I don't want to swivel the display in order to see it while looking at it from in front of the camera. I want to be able to tilt it when the camera is in portrait orientation just the way I can tilt it now in landscape orientation.
This can be extremely helpful for macros, landscapes on a tripod and a whole lot of other scenes on portrait orientation.

1 upvote
chris96326

Ahh, I wish they said 'portrait' not 'vertical'. I can understand doing low angle portrait positioned shots every once in a while. I think that if they were common or what that person mostly shoots, that person would NOT be looking at a tilt screen camera to begin with. And definitely not buying one and then complaining on some blog or review.

As for amateurs, I was imagining having the photographer and/or subject staring at the lens and swiveling the LCD out to see the framing of themselves. Um, like a vertical shot.

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ozturert

For 1500$ you could get D600 or 6D when there is sales. "Small-light body and lenses" do not count always. 1400$ is way too much. Heck, you have D7100 for 1150$!
And I have an EM-5 as my 4th m4/3 body :)

6 upvotes
chris96326

Small equipment only counts on how far away your car is parked.

Why carry around the gear to shoot 24 inch prints when you don't do that? Talk about killing a mosquito with a bazooka. ;)

5 upvotes
calking

I wish some of these people had the foresight to consider more than JUST the cost comparison between bodies only, and factor in what the "system" costs are once high-end lenses are added to the mix, which is precisely what a D600 and D7100 require at 24mp.

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kreislauf

well, that is the problem.

some people here who already have invested thousands of dollars into ther Canikontax - or whatever - systems are not too happy about seeing awesome new bodies with awesome features rise. because others could prosper with new technology.
i think, most of these posts here are driven by grudge.

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bluevellet

I'm guessing this camera will probably get the DPReview Gold award. The Panasonic GX7 will likely get it too.

The E-P5... probably silver. Like all the other Pens.

5 upvotes
Jogger

The EP5 would be an easy Gold if priced at $700 as it should be. At $1000, it is going up against the GX7.. which has all of the EP5 features plus an EVF which costs $400 on the Oly. The GX7 even out-retroes the EP5. And, 12 months later, there will be a fire sale on EP5s like there are for other year old PENs.

The pricing on the PEN line is just stupid.

2 upvotes
Oly500Enew

Richard,
Thanks. Love the new image comparison tool. Very clever.

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd

ISO 12,800 jpgs are very impressive with this camera. Combine that with an F2.0 zoom and you would get some very nice low light results even if you don't have time to edit the photos.

With the wifi features I could see a lot of journalists selecting this camera for its portability.

4 upvotes
Jogger

The Oly f2 zooms are larger and heavier than the current FF 24-70/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 ... no need to mention the f4 versions.

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inrissk

FYI, Zuiko 12-35 weighs the same as Nikkor 24-70 at 2 lbs. But the Zuiko 35-100 does weigh more than its Nikon counterpart. But are Zuikos are f2 after all, not f2.8 fwiw.

0 upvotes
justmeMN

Hmmm. AF speed not as good as a DSLR. Sensor not as good as a DSLR. Priced higher than many DSLRs...

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Dennis

Smaller than any comparable DSLR, bigger VF than any similarly priced SLR, faster frame rate in AF-S mode (except Sony SLTs), pretty seriously weather proof in Ming Thein's review "holds water" ...
You pick your priorities. (I use a Nikon DSLR myself, but this little camera certainly has its strengths).

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coroander

AF speed depends on the lens, like any camera. But with many m43 lenses AF speed exceeds that of many DSLRs. And CDAF is exceptionally accurate.

Certainly the E-M1 will have a sensor with better dynamic range than the recently announced Canon 70D (since the E-M5 already does this)...

And of course the VF is 100%.

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Photomonkey

Maybe you should actually shoot with an Olympus and see what is making all their owners happy.

The experience that allows you to take great photos is far more important than the cold numbers of specification fantasy.

5 upvotes
kreislauf

+1

numbers mean nothing if you don't carry your camera with you. i know a guy who has shooted thousands of photos with his FF Canon 6D of his baby in the first months - INSIDE.
so thousands of photos which are not very different! WTF he almost never took the camera with him when his family went outside for a walk, because of size/handling/worth. THAT is - well... i would recommend a EM1 ;)

0 upvotes
fmian

This is the camera that the EP1 should have been to launch the m43 system over 4 years ago.

0 upvotes
Oly500Enew

And the firs Samsung should have been the Galaxy S4...you can say that about anything. But yes, the EP-1 had it's drawbacks. mainly the crappy LCD.

1 upvote
Oly500Enew

Are you trolling the entire day? If you don't like them, move on. The OMD display is great.

4 upvotes
Thorgrem

@Oly500Enew, I think he will stay all day, and even tomorrow to give his opinion on m4/3 in general and this E-M1 camera. All he proves is that m4/3 (and this camera) is apparently a threat to his gear and the system he likes. In the same time, just like the E-M5 this will be the hottest camera spoken of on DPR for the next few months. Maybe it will even be the DPR camera of the year 2013.

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Jogger

If this is being marketed as an E5 successor, then the necessary adapter should be included in the package or the price.

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Valiant Thor

It is. Read the press announcements.

6 upvotes
declan79

it is the MMF3 or FL Flash

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Quiverbow

In the UK it's being offered with the MMF3 AND the HDL7 grip.

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Boris F

It's make a lot of sense, in addition to regular E-M1 camera kits,
make E-M1 camera kits (or camera body alone) without MF-> MFT adapter!
It can make it cheaper for~150$!!!
Not every one hold MF lenses!
Oly, keep in mind, you can sell much more.
Good luck, with the new camera!
:-)

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Boris F

Oops... it was my misunderstanding.
It is already without an MF adapter.
It can explain the rumored price of $1500 change to $1400.

Not a game changer, like E-M5... still, very nice camera.

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Biowizard

As an E-1 user of around 10 years' standing, and having shot many thousands of images on its "mere" 5Mp sensor, I have been waiting patiently for the "right" successor. It wasn't the E-3. Nor the E-5, and I have been very happy hanging onto the E-1. Never had even one single dust speck on an image, so have never needed to clean the sensor. Only ever had one stuck pixel, and the in-camera pixel mapping sorted that out within a few seconds. I love everything about the E-1, though miss the option a higher pixel count, and newer features like wireless flash, WiFi, etc.

Sadly for me, the OM-D E-M1 is NOT the replacement I've been waiting for. I wanted full-size 4/3, with optical viewfinder. Doubtless I will motor on for a while with my beloved E-1, but sorry Olympus, my NEXT camera is going to be Nikon or Canon :-(

[Edited to correct a couple of typos]

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veroman

You say you wanted full size 4/3 with an optical viewfinder. Well, there have been many since the E-1, ie the E-5XX, E-3, E-30, E-5. I love and own an E-1 as well, but shooting the E-5 at 5MP is like shooting a much-improved E-1. Why didn't you think the newer cameras were a replacement for your E-1?

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Biowizard

Only two were ever intended as flagship models (E-3, E-5). I liked neither as much as my E-1. The other E- cameras were very down-spec in terms of build quality - some even using mirrors rather than a pentaprism, resulting in a very poor viewfinder experience.

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Jogger

I had the E1 as well. And as good as it was, it just wasnt competitive. I remember cringing at having to shoot iso400 or higher... and the 3 point AF system.. It was built like a tank though, even better than my Nikon D700.

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Biowizard

I agree that the E-1 sucked at "high" ISO - so apart from a couple of indoor theatre shoots, when I had to resort to a tripod, I've always shot at 100. But for a "mere" 5Mpixels, I have to say the overall pictorial quality of my Oly is stunning. And yes, I've produced A2 posters, spectacular processed images and of course endless lovely web pages with this camera. It produces better images than I could previously achieve by scanning Kodachrome 25 trannies, taken on a Contax S2 with a Zeiss Planar 50mm F1.4 lens, on my dedicated Nikon LS-1000 film scanner (effectively, 27Mpixel). And given that at the time I bought my E-1, the nearest alternative was the horrible Canon D-10, I have never regretted my choice. Until today, with Oly's new announcement. :-(

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Biowizard

Actually to be fair, NO, I do NOT regret it. The Oly E-1 is a MASSIVELY LOVELY camera, which I have totally enjoyed for nearly 10 years, and thanks to Oly's latest change of direction, I hope to keep enjoying for many more years to come!

0 upvotes
Haider

never had an E1. OM-2n (dad's) a few compacts then E-500. Hear a lot about the E-1 ergonomics...

0 upvotes
logbi77

"We spent some time shooting with a selection of Four Thirds lenses, including the 14-54mm F3.5-5.6 II and 12-60mm F2.8-4, to get a feel for how well the E-M1 is able to really support Four Thirds users."

I'm pretty sure you meant 14-54mm F2.8-3.5 II and not 14-54mm F3.5-5.6 II.

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Valiant Thor

Shots look great, IB 5-Axis IS nice, cool factor is a 10, I'm in. I guess black only?, No two-tone silver like the E-M5? Stealth black must be the new Pro standard.

1 upvote
stevez

I love that the 'my preset' feature allows you to memorize almost every setting on the camera and I use all four on my E-M5. I do find it cumbersome however to access them by having to go into the menu. Rather than having a separate button programable and dedicated for each 'my preset' I was hoping the new camera would have a button allowing access to any one of the four settings, i.e. press a button and rotate a command dial to select.

0 upvotes
blohum

I believe you can replace any of the options on the command dial with your own 'my set'...

1 upvote
mpgxsvcd

The one thing that is being overlooked here is that Olympus has just added 42 lenses to the m4/3s catalog with a single press release. Those lenses include at least 5 fast zoom lenses and some of the best primes ever made.

Not only has Olympus passed Canon in sensor sensitivity but now they have similar dual AF and they also have pretty competitive lens lineup with Canon's entire line of lenses.

This new camera is aimed squarely at stealing the Pro photographers away from Canon. With the tremendous size and weight advantages of m4/3s lenses they might actually do just that.

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mpgxsvcd

Sales have declined for every camera manufacturer. The fact is that most people now have a camera that they like and they don't feel the need for a new one.

This camera hits an entirely new segment though. This camera could steal Pro photographers from Canon. That is not to say that all Pros are going to being shooting Olympus now. It is just to say that some Pros will switch now. That is something that wasn't happening very often before.

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kodachromeguy

I hope it works. The big marketing problem for Olympus is that in USA, mass market buyers pick Nikon or Canon at the Big Box stores. This new E-M1 is too expensive for that crowd, although many dpreview readers may be interested.

1 upvote
chris96326

Pro's going manual focus to separate themselves... now that's funny. Lack of focused shots = lack of sales. That will separate them FOR SURE, so you aren't lying there. When you shoot for money, MF is for personal enjoyment - not to stand out. Think of the last photo credit you saw, did you see "shot in manual focus"? Sounds like your "pros" are pros at something. Please check your house for CO2 leaks immediately.

1 upvote
dylanbarnhart

@crhis96326 I think Henry meant MF=Medium Format, not Manual Focus.

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kreislauf

yes, of course he did.

your friends should switch to Medium format. all of them! i don't care! they are making a living? and need to "separate" from people like us, who now are able to afford full frame cameras too?

i am using the m4/3 system FOR FUN, not to make money with it.
to remember decisive moments or just try to frame a nice visual impression.

> nikon and canon making a profit olympus cameras not.
> no matter how much you like to talk about it.... it´s a fact
didn't know that. and i don't care either

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Shamael

Some of us where seeing here a replacement, or upgrade to the OMD-M5, and now, yes, it is one, but with 4/3 mount, not M4/3 mount. So, those who have the full package of M4/3 lenses will be disappointed, specially because you can mount a M4/3 with 4/3 lenses via a small adapter, but the opposite does not work.

So, again we have a new 4/3 camera, with same, just updated, sensor as the OMD-M5. Is there something to be excited now, I doubt it, except those that waited for this one. If I had the choice at the moment to buy a 4/3, GX7 in M4/3 is the way to go. I do not want to carry dslr's around anymore. I use NEX, but GX7 excites me. But like always, there should be something for everyone. If I was Olympus, I would put exactly the same camera with M4/3 mount on the market, and I am sure it would sell, maybe even more in M4/3 than in the 4/3 mount shown here.

1 upvote
Oly500Enew

Read it again

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Shamael

oooops, yep, mistake, they use an adapter to run the bigger lenses on it. It is a M4/3, and that makes it more interesting. Now It comes closer to what I look for, just want to see Oly doing a few more water resistant lenses for them.

0 upvotes
daddyo

What in the world are you talking about???

This camera in a native m4/3 mount. I think you need a bit more sleep :-)

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white shadow

Well done Olympus. Despite the rather high price, it is an attractive camera.

Its very good news it has PDAF and able to use classic 4/3 lenses without any handicap. The lack of an AA filter will give sharper photos for sure. Overall, it has a lot of useful features in a small package. The bigger grip is also a big plus.

Since I will be going to their pre-launch event on 21/9, I will reserve my comments until I try out the camera for myself.

Although I use Canon DSLRs as my main camera system, this will certainly be an excellent travel companion. I have been using a micro 4/3 camera since its introduction in 2008. I might just buy one if I could get a "special deal" on 21/9.

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nyfalls

You didn't read the article. There IS a handicap. DPReview reports that 4/3 users will be disappointed in focusing speeds of those lenses. So basically 4/3 users are being forced to jump ship or handicap their lenses.

1 upvote
Oly500Enew

Ming Thien also says their will be an E-7 released. This is not surprising anyway. I don't think M43 is ever going to match 4/3 lens handling on a native mount. It may be good enough is most situations, but never "as good". They way things are heading the M43 lenses are improvements over the 4/3rds anyway.

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Gesture

Maybe, on-sensor PDAF will never be as great as "traditional" OVF DSLRs but it will continue to get better and better. In the future, OVF will be restricted to the professional-level cameras. The way forward is clearly EVF and on-sensor focusing.

It's expensive, but given the weatherproofing, I think a fair start price.

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Andy Crowe

There's something slightly strange going on with the studio comparison, it seems to be sharper at ISO800 and higher than at lower ISOs.

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Plastek

Focusing. dPreview never can focus their cameras right in the same point.

(standard practice - depending which section of the sample photo you take - you can make every camera "win" a sharpness competition. It's all about finding where the actual focus is)

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Andy Crowe

I've not noticed any other camera's focus change noticeably between different shots on the studio scene, maybe they jogged the camera while taking the different iso shots...

0 upvotes
kreislauf

there are buttons like AF-L, right? ;)

0 upvotes
_P

Believe or not but I am still holding close to my old "grandpa" camera, E-1. This new OM-D is the one I have been waiting for... Meanwhile I got E-PL5 for my wife and D7000 for myself. D7000 is going on ebay now and the new OM-D body will pair with my 14-54. E-1 will go on display behind glass window as it deserved it well. Can you believe I never got a speck of dust from it for the last 8 years?

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Stu 5

I can. I have had no dust on my E1 either.

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Biowizard

Agreed - the E-1 is amazing, and STILL my only DSLR. Like you, not ONE spec of dust in 10 years. And the only hot pixel the sensor had, from the outset, was "lost" with a simple in-camera pixel mapping operation!

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marike6

Sounds like a plan, but I'm the opposite. I sold my D7000 and to this day I regret it as not one of my mirrorless cameras can touch it for IQ, handling, and that big, bright VF.

I like to use mirrorless cameras for travel and the OM-1 kind takes the "micro" out of Micro 43. But if I had Four Thirds lenses I might feel differently.

0 upvotes
Steve

I think myd7000 Will join yours too.

0 upvotes
Oly500Enew

I still have my E-1 too, but I also love my EM5.

0 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic

Below I read some comments about the DSLR market being more stabile or mature. I was immediately reminded of a classic marketing quote, that proves itself true over and over again:

"Calling a [certain] market 'mature' or 'stabile' is evidence of incompetence [of its players]."
— Philip Kotler, author of Marketing Management

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Hibolta

Exactly ! Innovation is required.

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Jim in Hudson

It depends on who's calling it "stable" or "mature". If the manufacturers are then the point applies. If it's someone else, it most certainly might not.

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Zigadiboom

You see the Mazda 6 is a very good quality car in its own right. However if you try and price it the same as a BMW 5 series or Mercedes E class then it doesn't seem like such a good deal anymore.

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Shamael

good way to compare. If you buy a Mazda 6, you get all the accessories included, except, maybe, leather seats, nothing more to buy. If you buy a German car, any of them, you get a spartan equiped, tasteless box, and all you want in there to make it warm and liveable, cost you the a.s.s. out of the pants. So is camera market too. No need to say that the sole Greman one remaining, costs you the same a.s.s. out of your pants, for nothing, or almost, more, maybe even some less.

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Plastek

only difference being that here you get bare bones with Mazda and featured gear with German car. ;)

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mg_k

Well said.

This is like when netbook first came out. It was meant to be cheaper, lighter and easier to carry compared to normal laptop.

As time goes by, they are packing more features, getting faster, bigger and heavier, and priced it the same as a well featured laptop, and that's how it all went wrong....

So let me ask you - where is netbooks now? :P

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Leandros S

How exactly did this end up being about Leica???

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Olymore

Carrying on the analogy you sit in your overpriced (and unreliable) German car in overcrowded, traffic jammed roads and I sit in my much cheaper Mazda. We both drive at the same speed and have the same comfort. And in the UK I get every extra included in the price for my Mazda and save 10K.
So unless you're driving (taking photographs) in extreme situations the Mazda does everything the German car does unless you're looking for male jewellery.

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SergeyMS

This camera can have reason only in case of use new sensor. Old one is not good enough.

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Leandros S

Camera has new sensor. Checks you out the lab shot gallery. Regards.

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kreislauf

old one was good enough. for me. new one: even better.
you like?

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lazy lightning

M4/3 Fitness is now offering a package for those upgrading from EM-5 to EM-1.

The new EM-1 is 2.54 ounces heavier than the EM-5 which is not insignificant for most M4/3 users. Completing our strength and endurance training program is far less expensive than hiring a sherpa to lug this beast around the zoo for you. Our new program will have you carrying 1.5 pounds for a half day excursion. Your back will thank you!

The new EM-1 has many more buttons than the EM-5 and they are bigger as well. This requires strength to get all that mass moving. More endurance will be needed as pushing these larger buttons will likely fatigue most M4/3 users. Our state of the art training program utilizes marshmallows which simulate the real world feel of pushing a button. By varying the degree of freshness of the marshmallow, we can gently and gradually build up your strength and endurance allowing you to experience minimal fatigue from a half day of pushing buttons.

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yabokkie

use a heavier camera, and live longer.

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Glen Barrington

Well, it is the second mirrorless camera that has interested me. (or the 5th, I've been VERY interested in practically the entire Fuji X series.) And the ability to use my 4/3s lenses is a pretty big draw. I wish they had posted a picture of it next to an E30, that's about as big as i want to go with any camera any more, let alone a mirrorless.

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nyfalls

I think it's the size of the 620, but thinner.

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Leandros S

http://camerasize.com/compact/#482,212,ha,f

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ThePhilips

Coming from the E-520, I would never pays so much for a camera.

And news of relatively slow PDAF are not very inspiring. But will see how it works in real world.

Otherwise: I'm not interested. Unless, the tech trickles down into the entry/mid-level bodies.

P.S. E-M1 and E-M5. I wonder where Oly goes with the numbering scheme. And what next models are supposed to be called. Something tells me that they are again poking Canon with the naming: E-M1 vs. 1D an E-M5 v. 5D. At least in 43 times, they have admitted to mimicking Canon's names at lest once.

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David 247

This is the camera I've been waiting for.

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SirSeth

To me the price of the E-M1 and new lens seems very fair. It's the most "Pro" oriented mirrorless to date and has a multitude of improvements over the much loved E-M5. Little things like sealing, deep buffer (51 RAW), 10 fps, best continuous AF yet from a mirrorless, heavily customized layout, direct button control without looking... all features usually reserved for the higher end bodies. Should be very popular.

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Demon Cleaner

"Should be very popular."

Perhaps amongst those who already own a raft of FT lenses. It's hard to see many others being prepared to outlay a $500 premium for the ability to AF with FT glass if they don't own the requisite glass.

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Richard Butler

@ Demon Cleaner - That's a little bit like looking at the Nikon D7100's screw drive and saying you can't imagine anyone paying a premium for it, just to be able to focus the pre-AF-S glass they don't have - it's only true if you ignore all the other features.

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Leandros S

Ming Thein reported raw buffer of 40...

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Red5TX

Body + lens = $2,399. I'm happy that Olympus has released this ultra-serious, great looking camera, but that's some tall cotton.

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kreislauf

lets wait some more days. it might drop eventually

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Interestingness

Jumped right to page 9 and checked out image quality. Did you all see the 3200 ISO JPEG's? That would make me stop shooting RAW - WOW!

Now change it to RAW and look around - this holds it own against everything except the Canon 5D3 all the way up from there (why no ISO 6400?).

Either this or the GX7 is going to be my next camera. Availability and street price will be the deciding factors. The Olympus has the edge in IQ and in body IS - the GX7 the viewfinder. Decisions, decisions...

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Mark Prince

Holds its own against everything? I'm sorry, but the output, compared to the Fuji X100s or any recent APS-C dSLR is not there. Especially in the RAW.

Plus you have to factor in the fact that larger sensors = better control on DoF, a benefit that dwindles with these smaller sensor cameras.

I just don't see this price working based on the physical and software capabilities of the output, especially with pros or prosumers.

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coroander

The Fuji is the pixel peepers noise minimising camera. The reason for this is that the demosaicing of RAW in the Fuji results in inherent noise reduction which cannot be turned off, and therefore shows less grain. There's very little difference in IQ when NR is added to the RAW of the OM-D.

Take a look at Sony's NEX-6 compared to the E-M5 on DxoMark sometime. Even though the NEX-6 was introduced about a year after the E-M5, noise and DR are essentially the same from ISO 200 and up. APS-C is a dying format, stuck between FF and the better balance of lens size vs camera body of m43 (not to mention the superior choice of lenses for m43 over any native APS-C system.)

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Interestingness

I disagree Mark. I went back into page 9 and pulled up the X-PRO1 beside the Olympus, pulled up ISO3200 and RAW and had a look around. XPRO1 is less noisy but it has smudged a lot of detail out. To me, noise with clarity/sharpness is better than less noise/less detail but to each their own.

Pull up the Nikon 7100 and Sony NEX6. You could argue the Nikon and Sony are less noisy but seriously, magnifying in this close to see the differences is getting silly. If you have to pull up a 2% area and lean in to your 23" monitor and squint to see the differences, then in the real world where I live, there is no difference. Real world, real print or viewing sizes, one wouldn't be able to choose between them. In fact, I'd argue take 2 pictures from these 3 cameras, put them in a hat and mix them up and then tell me which picture was taken with which camera, would you get it 100% correct? I couldn't do it. Doubt the vast majority of people on DPReview could either.

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marike6

> Take a look at Sony's NEX-6 compared to the E-M5 on DxoMark sometime.

Why the NEX-6? The NEX-6 uses the 16 mp Sony Exmor sensor designed 4 years ago, yet it still performs dramatically better than the EM-5 for DR, high ISO and color depth (see D7000 / K5).

And the EM-5 comes up well short of the D7100 sensor in every IQ metric.

> APS-C is a dying format
APS-C is by far the more popular sensor format than the more niche m43 format. It is the best compromise for small size, IQ and DOF control. If it's dying, m43 must be on it's last breath.

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coroander

The future of APS-C cannot be determined by looking at present sales. It's about investment in the format. Nikon and Canon (with only a handful of exceptions) have only produced cheap kit lenses specifically for APS-C. Sony only makes four lenses for NEX that are f/2.8 or faster. The appearance of a FF NEX may well spell the end of future investment in quality APS-C NEX lenses.

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nyfalls

Hold it's own... against everything else released 4 years ago, in perfect light and no moving subjects. Oly fanboys are so silly.

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Kelcey Smith

ISO 6400 has been added to the comparison widget.

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bluevellet

ISO 6400 is still missing for the E-M1 itself. :)

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kreislauf

dosn't bother me. i would use 1.8 or smaller and settle for ISO 1600. which looks amazing when i look at the dp pictures...

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Harry S

As a motorsport shooter the continuous AF has me very interested, a big expensive leap to pre-order without a good idea of how in practice it will work for fast moving subjects though.

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inorogNL

last page of this preview says C-af is very good! though I am not sure if thats with 4/3 or m4/3 lenses or both

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pdelux

It will be for both lens types

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Erik Magnuson

"if you're a Four Thirds lens owner and you're expecting full DSLR performance, you're going to be disappointed" doesn't sound like very good to me. If it can't do single focus fast with old 4/3 lenses, tracking AF is not going to be magically better.

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Marvol

I feel sorry for some die hard DSLR users.

They troll the Sony NEX forums moaning that the lenses are so big, so why do people bother using NEX instead of DSLRs? So NEX users explain that the overall size is still smaller and especially the bodies are way lighter.

Then the DSLR users come to the MFT forums to troll that the bodies are so big, so why do people bother using MFT? So MFT users have to explain that the overall size is still smaller and especially the lenses are way lighter.

Then said DSLR users move on to complain about crappy EVFs compared to the amazing OVF from entry level Canikons... and the combined NEX and MFT user base just *facepalms*.

One day they will enter the 21st century. One day.

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veroman

No need to feel sorry for DSLR users like me. We're doing just fine, thank you. My Olympus E-5 is serving me very well and balances beautifully with my 4:3 lenses. As nice as the EM-1 is ... and it's a very nice camera indeed ... it's still too small for some people. This is a matter of individual preference, not a "this system is better/worse than this system" attitude. DSLRs are still in the running and, so far, have outsold M4:3 by quite a wide margin. I do like the EM-1, but it doesn't really offer me anything that I can't accomplish with my E-5.

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inorogNL

I am so tired of "big camera = pro photographer" mentality :)

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Glen Barrington

I feel sorry for all us photographers. Just when we think we have the world figured out, gear wise, technology comes along and screws things up.

"The only thing that's permanent is change"

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Plastek

I am so tired of "small camera = trendy photographer" mentality :)

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kreislauf

why are people posting here, that obviously dislike this kind of cameras?

>the m43 system is not as big as the canikon system. period.

you are right...
i just need a good camera and this one fits my needs very nicely. so i like the E-M1. period.

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Laagwater

Like the EM-1 but maybe a little expensive at this price.
Just checked the Image quality-tab (page 9) and when i compare Raw quality to every other camera (also Em5) The photo's look way to red imho. You can see that very clear with the face of the man on the right side. (the bold one). Or is it me?

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SkiHound

I think if you compare it to high end APS-C bodies it's pretty comparable. It's a magnesium weather sealed body, shoots up to 10 frames / second, has lots of external controls and is highly customizable, etc. It's a pretty high end body.

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Tapper123

I had that exact problem with the EM5 when I had one. It made my wife's skin look reddish, but she is fair. Neither my Sony nor Canon rendered her that way. Not a fan of the Olympus colors that some people seem to like.

As for this new camera... it's got a ton of great features. But M43 as a format doesn't thrill me. I'd rather have a smaller camera like my RX100II for everyday, and if I'm going to use something bigger, then might as well go FF (or at least APS-C) and get the full benefits of a large sensor. But I do understand that some will see things opposite from me, and that's fine.

Also, the price is way too much to make this attracticve to me. If I'm going to spend that much, then I will be looking at larger sensor options.

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HowaboutRAW

Laagwater:

Optically, the best Olympus lenses are better than anything from Canikon.

When extracting raw it's real easy to change the tint, so if ACR automatically makes the photo too red for your taste, slide the bar.

The raws I shot with this camera are are excellent, and represent skin under not great lighting very well.

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Olymore

Tapper, did you switch off the 'warm colours on' option in the Oly menus which for some stupid reason is on by default.

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aruk5

Why do all of the Olympus m4/3 systems have video set at 30fps? is it a big problem if they provide 25/24 fps?

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ethern1ty

check GH3

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white shadow

Well, that's Panasonic not Olympus.

24 fps is the universal standard for movies. Olympus has never focus on movies or video in general.

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TrapperJohn

I'm especially curious about the 12-40 lens. This is Oly's first attempt to shrink a fast zoom. May as well build the vertical grip in, mine has never left the EM5. That also eliminates the proliferation of dials on top that the EM5 has, with the vertical grip installed.

And there's even a jewel from the E1: the lock button on the PASM switch. Very handy to have - can't change it accidentally, and no button confusion like the bodies that got rid of the PASM switch in favor of buttons. There are some things that shoudn't be improved.

Hmmm.... using Diorama art filter to cut DOF, and using the focus point to fine tune that. A nice first try. Couple that with distance info from the multiple PDAF sensors... cutting DOF with software... very interesting.

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pdelux

More like radial blur.....

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Zvonimir Tosic

In the last year, three absolutely fantastic and innovative cameras from Olympus, one fantastic from Panasonic, plenty of great new lenses. All going up in quality and performance -- The whole m4/3 in high wave riding.
And from DSLR makers? Innovation in deep slumber: Nikon and Canon repackage, dumb and scale down, Pentax busy with repainting of the same old cameras, Sony even mocks the DSLR shape by squeezing in it an ultracheap mirrorless camera.
Who would have guessed ...

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Leandros S

...and yet they're at completely different price points. Decent DSLR $700 or less, decent mirrorless $1500 or more.

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ThePhilips

"And from DSLR makers?"

70D was a slight disappointment, but then DSLR users are already happy with what they have.

DSLR market stagnates. But then, "stagnation" is another word for "stability".

(And that coming from somebody how has just ordered a new m43 cam.)

@Leandros S: "decent mirrorless $1500 or more." If you could only subdue your GAS for a short moment. E-M5 now can be found for $800. E-PL5 and E-PM2 with the very same IQ - for much much much less. Panny G5 with almost the same IQ as the Canon APS-C now has very crazy deals too.

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Thorgrem

"...and yet they're at completely different price points. Decent DSLR $700 or less, decent mirrorless $1500 or more."

You can get a decent m4/3 mirrorless for less than $700. It's not that this new E-M1 will replace all Olympus and Panasonic offerings.

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Zvonimir Tosic

Calling a [certain] market “mature” or "stabile" is evidence of incompetence.
— Philip Kotler, author of Marketing Management

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Plastek

Nice, only compare the ""stagnation"" of DSLR lenses with mirrorless lenses.
The real progress is in DSLR gear.
Mirrorless don't even have any half-decent flash system. Not to mention the fact that biggest and largest of all mirrorless - m4/3 system - still have less lenses to offer than smallest of DSLR systems - Pentax K.

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Leandros S

@ThePhilips:
"E-M5 now can be found for $800."

That gets me a just-released Pentax K-50 with dual weather-resistant lens kit, rather than a body-only camera from 17 months ago.

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ThePhilips

@Leandros S: "That gets me a just-released Pentax K-50 with dual weather-resistant lens kit [...]"

Good for you. But beware: Pentax system was never known for the quality of its zooms. Most Pentax zooms are of the infamous "kit" quality. So I can imagine them being included for free. Be prepared to start loving the primes.

Also, the new Pentaxes seem to share the same old sensor from K-5, tweaked later for the K-5mk2. And the IBIS is also outdated (though still better than no IBIS at all).

Overall, if you like shooting primes, then go for Pentax. Though I would suggest K-5II since the K-xx have slightly crippled RAWs (14 vs. 12 bit).

P.S. Oh, yeah, overpriced E-M5. Yes, it is overpriced. But IMO it provides also more value than the recent Pentaxes. And you completely ignored the mention of E-PM2.

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Jim in Hudson

ThePhilips -- The Pentax 50-135 and 60-250 zooms are outstanding (but quite pricey).

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kreislauf

DSLRs are still sold like warm bread because many people THINK these and these cameras alone will give them good images.
mirrorless cameras are eyeballed as toys by many users. mostly males, by the way.
i encoutered many guys, who think FF are "just the right cameras" and mirrorless are "mäusekino" (toys)

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faith_ps

Will MMF1 work? Its more solid than mmf3. Besides its the PDAF system not the adapter that is making the AF fast right.

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ThePhilips

From the rumors, MMF-5 is a new adapter, weather sealed and more robust to better handle the weight of the 43 lenses.

MMF-3 is the same as MMF-1, but with the weather-sealing. But potentially not sturdy enough to handle the 90-250 or 50-500.

IOW, very highly like your MMF1 would work, but beware when mounting heavy lenses.

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Olymore

The MMF-1 feels sturdier than the other Oly adapters as it is made of heavier metal. Whether that translates into stronger....
The MMF-2 is the lightweight version of MMF-1 and the MMF-3 is weather sealed and fairly lightweight.

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lem12

I must say that textures are so true especially at ISO 200. Oddly, but I don't see them any better by APS sensors.

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lem12

APS-C sensors.

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xebomat

Mr. Butler. If you Talk to Olympus People please Tell them there is a Need for Olympus App on WinPhone top!!!

Thank You.

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