Olympus OM-D E-M1 Overview
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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.
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|ISO||100-25600 in 1/3EV or 1EV increments|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length mult.||2×|
|Max shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Format||H.264, Motion JPEG|
|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″)|
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.