Olympus OM-D E-M1

16.3MP Four Thirds CMOS Sensor | On-sensor phase detection AF | Built-in Wi-Fi

What we like:

  • Great image quality     
  • Tons of direct controls 
  • Super-fast focus

What we don't:

  • Complex customization may overwhelm some
  • Disappointing video capture 

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is one of the highest-end Micro Four Thirds cameras available, on par with only the Panasonic GH4. It sits above the excellent E-M10 and offers an industry-leading amount of direct controls. 

Although large for a Micro Four Thirds model, it and its native lenses are considerably smaller than the likes of the Nikon D7100. 

"The E-M1 has become one of our favorites in this class"

The E-M1 has excellent color rendition and generally its JPEGs are among the best in the business, with good tonal response and sensible noise reduction. Its smaller sensor means you need brighter lenses to match the depth-of-field control offered by its APS-C rivals, but its image quality in both Raw and JPEG modes is competitive by all other measures.  

Being one of the largest camera in its range allows the E-M1 to offer plenty of direct control, and its '2x2 dial' interface offers one of the cleverer solutions to putting the settings you want at your fingertips, when shooting with the camera to your eye. Beyond this, the interface is highly customizable - sometimes maddeningly so - meaning a little effort on the part of the user is rewarded with a shooting experience tailored to your requirements.  

The OM-D E-M1 took home our top spot in last year’s enthusiast camera roundup, as the best mirrorless camera to buy. This year, several enthusiast mirrorless cameras have arrived on the scene that give the E-M1 a run for its money. That aside, it is still a feature-packed camera with excellent image quality, ergonomics and controls. 

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