Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review
Compared with the Nikon D7100
To give some impression how big (or, rather, small) the E-M1 is, we've put it side-by-side with some of its peers - its little brother, the E-M5 and the kind of high-end camera it'll have to face up to: the Nikon D7100.
Compared with the Olympus OM-D E-M5
HLD-7 Vertical Grip
This is the E-M1's HLD-7 vertical grip. It has a compartment for a second battery, and replicates the dual control dials as well as the shutter button. It also has two customisable 'B-Fn' buttons, which can be set to either replicate the camera's main Fn buttons, or do something else entirely - it's your choice. There's also a little slot for storing the camera's connector cover.
You can't easily reach the camera's four-way controller when using the vertical grip, but you can configure one of the B-Fn buttons to activate AF point selection, then move the focus point around the frame using the front and rear dials.
|As well as providing a set of controls for portrait format shooting, the HLD-7 provides extra grip area when holding the camera in landscape format. This makes for a more comfortable experience with larger lenses.
We suspect the grip will be de rigueur for photographers using Four Thirds lenses, especially sizeable ones like the Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm 1:2.8-4 SWD.
|The HLD-7 has a slot for an additional BLN-1 battery, to double the camera's stamina. There's also an input for a mains power source.
This being Olympus, you can decide which battery you want the camera to use first - the one in the vertical grip, or the one in the camera itself.
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