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OM-D E-M1

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  • 1/8000s

    MECHANICAL SHUTTER

  • 5

    AXIS IS

  • WiFi

    BUILT-IN

  • 16

    MP 4/3 LIVE MOS

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Get a grip on the OM-D E-M1 and experience
this extraordinary photographic tool. Full magnesium alloy body construction, an intuitive control layout, an interactive electronic viewfinder…we could go on and on. In fact, we will. So many incredible features, it’s miles ahead of the technology curve.

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Design Sophistication

Details, details. All part of the revolutionary design elements that make this the perfect camera for professionals and serious photo enthusiasts alike. Discover the handsomely crafted finishes, unprecedented creative controls and so much more. A level of design sophistication that will send your imagination into overdrive.

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Part of a complete, and Completely Versatile, Lens System.


Picture this: There are now 70 lenses available for the OM-D E-M1, including 35 Olympus Zuiko and M.Zuiko lenses, and 35 from other Four Thirds Consortium members. 
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5-Axis Image Stabilization

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Rugged Durability

Electronic Viewfinder

ColorCreator

WiFi Feature

Shutter Speed & Flash Sync

System Accessories

Creative Functions

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THE E-M1 KEEPS GETTING BETTER


Firmware Version 3.0 increases the maximum frame rate of 6.5 fps to 9 fps in the C-AF continuous shooting mode. Version 3.0 also includes these updates from Version 2.0. Support for the Olympus Capture camera control software software, in-camera Keystone Compensation, Live Composite Mode, new Art Filters, Aperture Lock function and Panning Shot.

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Incredible Speed


Stay on the leading edge of the imaging technology curve with the new OM-D E-M1. With its new 16MP Live MOS Image Sensor, Dual Autofocus – combining Contrast and on-chip Phase Detection AF, 1/8000s mechanical shutter and 10fps sequential shooting, you will never miss a shot.

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Revolutionary Design


Embodying the revolutionary design elements that will send your imagination into overdrive. Dust, Splash, Freezeproof, full magnesium alloy construction, an intuitive dial and control layout with customizable direct control buttons, and an interactive “all-control” electronic viewfinder, in a portable, light weight body.

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Powerful Versatility


The OM-D E-M1 is surrounded by an entire ‘system’ of lenses and accessories to support any photography pursuit. Choose from 35 Olympus Lenses and 70 Lenses from all of the Four Thirds consortium members. You’ll also find a new battery grip, wirelessly controlled flashes and more.
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Professional Image Quality


Features such as the newly designed TruePic™ VII Image Processor, allowing for enhanced performance and operational speed, as well as In-Body 5-Axis Image Stabilization with IS Auto combine to create one extraordinary photographic tool for professionals and serious photo enthusiasts alike.

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Built in Wireless


The OM-D E-M1 is equipped with a built-in Wi-Fi function. When using the Olympus Image Share (O.I. Share) application, the remote function lets you fully control the camera’s shutter speed, aperture, ISO, Live Bulb shooting and more all from your smart-device. Images can easily be shared, and location information obtained with a smart-device can be added to images.

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In-Camera Creativity

With 12 in-camera Art Filters, Full HD Video Recording, Interval Shooting, Time Lapse Video, and more; normal, everyday scenes can be enhanced in various ways to express your creativity. And with new features such as Color Creator and HDR shooting, you have the ability to expand photographic possibilities.

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ADDITIONS AND UPDATES:

UPDATED FUNCTIONS:

  • AF tracking during C-AF continuous shooting in continuous shooting H mode is supported.
  • Maximum continuous frame rate of 6.5 fps. is increased to a maximum of 9 fps. in continuous shooting H mode.
  • *OI.Share Ver. 2.5 now supports movie shooting with Live view display

Ver 3.0 also includes these updates from V2.0

8 New Functions:

  • Keystone Compensation (Digital Shift)
  • Tethered Shooting System (OLYMPUS capture)
  • Live Composite
  • Zoom In/Out and Layout have been added to Photo Story. Save (complete partway through), Temporary Save, and Resume functions have been added to Photo Story mode
  • New Art Filters: Vintage and Partial color
  • Old Film Effect in video recording
  • The Aperture Lock function has been added to Aperture Preview
  • The Panning Shot shooting mode has been added to SCN mode

16 Operability Improvements:

  • Image display time lag in the Electronic Viewfiner has been improved to 16 msec (frame rate setting is high speed)
  • Multiple simultaneous settings now available in Live Guide
  • Exposure compensation (±3 EV) is now available in HDR 1/HDR2 shooting
  • A function has been added to cancel Color Creator and return to the original Picture Mode by pressing the MENU button when using Color Creator function.
  • Movie Tele-converter can now be used simultaneously when Art Filter is set to Picture Mode.
  • AF function for each frame was added to Custom Self Timer. In Drive Mode's Custom Self Timer settings, you can now press the INFO button to change settings.
  • MF Assist is now supported in magnified frame position.
  • 3x has been added to high resolution magnified Live View.
  • The Peaking display frame rate has been improved.
  • Electronic zoom speed setting function was added. An icon appears on the LCD monitor when using an Olympus electronic zoom lens.
  • When the arrow pad is set to Direct function, the Underwater/Underwater macro functions can be used with the left and down button on the arrow pad.
  • Double tap is now supported in touch operations on the Super Control Panel.
  • The level gauge and histogram can now be displayed during magnified frame display. The Touch Off icon was added to magnified frame display.
  • A function was added so that shooting information recorded in HDR1/HDR2 can be viewed in the playback screen.
  • Information on composited number of shots for images recorded with Live Composite was added (Can be checked in Olympus Viewer3).
  • When the BKT button is held down, the BKT menu now appears.

INCREDIBLE SPEED

Focusing System

With the new 16 MP Live MOS Sensor, the OM-D E-M1 automatically switches between Contrast Detection AF or Phase Detection AF to deliver blazing fast autofocus speed - no matter which Olympus Zuiko lens you use. All of our lenses -- from our super-quiet MSC Micro Four-Thirds lenses to our renowned SWD Four Thirds lenses work seamlessly and to their full potential when paired with the OM-D E-M1. Features such as Focus Peaking and Magnified Focus Assist let you use your favorite OM lens with the appropriate adapter for beautiful results.

AF system

High-speed imager AF (Contrast detection / On-Chip Phase-difference detection)

 

*For complete compatibility and full AF performance with our super quiet MSC Micro Four-Thirds and SWD Four -Thirds lenses.

Focus mode

Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)

Full-time AF

Available

Magnified frame AF

Selectable from over 800 AF points

 

Enlarged view check by magnify button (available with old lenses*)

 

Magnification x3*1, x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable

 

* lenses without data communication

Face detection AF / Eye detection AF

Available / Available

 

Eye Detection AF mode: Off / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority

Focusing point / Focusing point
selection mode

81-area multiple AF (Contrast detection AF), 37-area multiple AF (Phase-difference detection AF)

 

All target, Group target area (3x3-area),

 

Single target(Standard Target Size/Small Target Size)

AF illuminator

Available

Manual focus assist
* Customize function

Live view image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)

 

MF Assist is supported in magnified frame position *1.

Peaking function

Available (White edge type, Black edge type)

AF tracking

Yes


Shutter

The OM-D E-M1 has a 1/8000 second high-speed mechanical shutter, allowing you to freeze quick-moving action without blurring. Use prime lenses at their maximum aperture to capture beautifully defocused background images in bright daylight.

Shutter type

Computerized focal-plane, high-speed, mechanical shutter. Anti-shock mode by 1st curtain electronic shutter is available.

Shutter speed

1/8000 - 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable)

Bulb/Time: default setting 8min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)


Drive

High-speed sequential shooting as fast as 10fps can be accomplished when using the Tracking AF (C-AF + Tr), which works in tandem with the Autofocus to follow your subject. 6fps in C-AF.

Sequential shooting  maximum speed

[Sequential shooting H mode]* 10.0 fps * in case of "I.S. Off"

* including AF tracking (C-AF + TR)

* Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot.

[Sequential shooting L mode] 9** fps* in case of "I.S. OFF".

* including C-AF

* When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f2.8PRO.

** Maximum frame rate of 9 fps possible with Version 3.0 Firmware Update

Max. recordable pictures

[RAW] Max. 50 frames (in seq. shooting L: 6.5fps), Max.41 frames (in seq. shooting H: 10fps)

on sequential shooting *

[JPEG] Max. Card Full frames (in seq. shooting L: 6.5fps), Max. 95 frames ( in seq. shooting H: 10fps)

 

* When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ.

 

* With TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I card , based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions.

Self-timer

Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec.,custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10),AF Function for each frame is selectable within the Custom Self Timer. To access the Custom Self Timer menu, press the INFO button.*1

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REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN

For photographers who prefer composing their shots using an eye-level viewfinder, the OM-D E-M1 will be a revelation. The new, interactive high-definition EVF features a 2.36 million dot resolution, an impressive 1.48x magnification, 16ms image display lag, eye sensor for automatic switching between the EVF and monitor and intuitive functionality for real-time viewing of any shooting situation.

Product Type

Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera

Memory

SD Memory Card*1 (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I , compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2 )

 

*1: Class 6 or higher is recommended for Movie shooting.

 

*2: Not compatible with Endless mode.

Lens mount

Micro Four Thirds Mount


Dimensions / Weight

The OM-D E-M1 is built around the Micro Four Thirds standard, making it smaller, lighter and more portable.
Pack light and pack more lenses on your important photo outings. Shoot all day without lugging around a heavy, outdated system.

Dimensions

130.4mm (W)× 93.5mm (H) × 63.1mm (D)

 

5.1" (W) x 3.7" (H) x 2.5" (D)

 

[CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions]

Weight

[CIPA guideline compliant,
with BLN-1 battery and Memory card, without eyecup]

Approx. 497g/17.5oz(1.1lbs)

 

[body only]

Approx. 443g/15.6oz(0.98lbs)


BODY CONSTRUCTION

Outer Material

Metal

Inner Frame

Magnesium Alloy

Ruggedness

Rain or snow, mud or dust – the E-M1 is ready for whatever mother nature can throw at it. Its rugged design expands your field of photography to any place on earth.

Freezeproof

Yes

Dustproof

Yes

Splash proof

Yes

Operating Environment

Temperature

-10 ~ +40℃ (operation) / -20 ~ +60℃ (storage)

 

+14 ~ +104 °F

Humidity

30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)

 

-4 ~ +140 °F


ViewFinder

The new, interactive high-definition EVF features a 2.36 million dot resolution, an impressive 1.48x magnification, 16ms image display lag time, eye sensor for automatic switching between the EVF and monitor and intuitive functionality for real-time viewing of any shooting situation.

Finder type

Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 2.36M-dot resolution

Field of view / Viewfinder magnification

Approx. 100% / Approx. 1.30x*1 - 1.48x*2 (-1m-1, 50mm lens, Infinity)

 

*1: at Finder Style 1, 2 (aspect 4:3)
*2: at Finder Style 3 (aspect 4:3)

Image Display Lag Time

16 milli seconds*1

Eye point / Diopter adjustment range

Approx. 21mm (-1m-1, Distance from rear lens surface) / -4 ~ +2m-1

Preview

Available with Live Preview function button

Displayed Grid

Off / Normal Grid / Golden Grid / Scale / Diagonal / Movie Grid selectable

Level Gauge

2-axis level gauge; horizontal /vertical

 

Level gauge can be displayed during magnified frame display.

One Touch Tele-Converter

2x magnification

Finder Style

Selectable from 3 types

Brightness / Color temperature control

Available/Available

Eyecup

Optional eyecup EP-13 is available.


Rear Monitor

Its tilting, touch screen display makes focusing, choosing AF points, releasing the shutter, swiping through images in playback and changing settings effortless.

Screen size

3.0-inch / 7.6-cm

Monitor type

Tilt Touch Wide LCD with approx. 1037K dots resolution

 

*8: Approx.1037k dots, Touch control in electrostatic capacitance Type

Touch control

Touch shutter release, Touch enlargement, Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame advance/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel/Double Tap Super Control Panel menu access*1, Touch Art Filter menu,Wi-Fi function

Tilting angle

Upward tilting angle: up to 80 degrees / Downward tilting angle: up to 50 degrees

Brightness / Color temperature control

±7 levels / ±7 levels

Color tone select

Vivid / Natural


Live View

Live view

Approx. 100% field of view,

 

Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview,

 

Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces),

 

Grid line, Histogram, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14), Normal, Highlight & Shadow, Level Gauge, Off

Type

Image Sensor type

Field of view

Approx. 100%

Display Mode

Normal Mode, Histogram Mode, Level gauge, Highlight and shadow, Off

Magnification Ratio

x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14

Monitor information

Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, Myset, Internal Temperature Warning, Face / Eye Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP, Focal length, Tone control, Eye-Fi condition, Digital teleconverter, Battery check

Display of Face Detection

Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed.

Live View Close Up Mode

Available at HDR1 and HDR2 shooting

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POWERFULVERSATILITY

System Accessories

Lenses

34 Olympus Lenses and 65 lenses from all Four Thirds
consortium members

Optional Battery Grip

HLD-7 Battery and Grip

Grip Strap

GS-5

Underwater Housing

PT-EP11


Flash

Flash intensity control method

TTL Auto, Auto*, Manual, super FP*(FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)

 

* Available on the external flash

Bundled flash*

TTL flash,GN=7(ISO100・m) / GN=10 (ISO200・m)

* Attach it on the hot shoe and connect it to the accessory port 2. Available on FL-LM1/2.

Flash mode

Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual 1/1 FULL 1/64

Synchronization speed

1/320sec. or less*

 

* It depends on flash models or flash mode

 

FL-LM1/2: 1/320 sec., Other: 1/250 sec.,
Super FP: 1/125-1/8000 sec.

Flash intensity control

Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps selectable

Compatible external flash

FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R

Colour Temperature

5500±400°

External Flash control mode

TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL


Wireless Flash Control

Wireless flash transmission channel settings enable selection of the flash/no flash for groups of multiple flash units. In addition, it allows TTL auto, auto and manual models to be set; offers a bounce and swivel head; and flash coverage is automatically adjusted in several steps to correspond to the image area when zooming.

Compatible external flash

FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL-600R

Control method

Triggered and controlled by bundled flash, available with FL-LM2 and FL-600R

 

(Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)

External Flash intensity type

TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL

Channel No.

4 channels

Group No.

4 groups (External flash 3 groups + a bundled flash*)

 

* Available on FL-LM1/2 / FL-600R

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PROFESSIONALIMAGE QUALITY

INCREDIBLE SPEED

With the new 16 MP Live MOS Sensor, the OM-D E-M1 automatically switches between Contrast Detection AF or Phase Detection AF to deliver blazing fast autofocus speed - no matter which Olympus Zuiko lens you use. All of our lenses -- from our super-quiet MSC Micro Four-Thirds lenses to our renowned SWD Four Thirds lenses work seamlessly and to their full potential when paired with the OM-D E-M1.

Product type

4/3 Live MOS Sensor

Number of pixels / Aspect ratio

Number of effective pixels: Approx. 16.3 million pixels

 

Total number of pixels: Approx. 16.8 million pixels

 

Aspect ratio: 1.33 (4:3)

Dust reduction

Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)

Filter array

Primary color filter (RGB)

 

*Uses information communicated from the lens such as aperture setting and optical characteristics to optimize the final image.

Image Processor

TruePic™ VII


Image Stabilization

The OM-D E-M1 is equipped with the world’s first 5-Axis image stabilization system with IS-Auto. 5-Axis IS compensates for vertical, horizontal and rotational camera shake that conventional 2-axis systems could not. 5-Axis IS is built into the camera body to ensure stabilization with all lenses and makes stable movie recording possible.

System Type

Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 5-axis* image stabilization)

 

* yaw/pitch/vertical shift/horizontal shift/rolling

Mode

4 modes (S-I.S.AUTO,S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF

IS for finder image

Available (by half-pressing the shutter button or enlargeing operation)

Focal length setting

Available

Lens IS Mode

Available

Available manual focal length setting

Input focal length : 8, 10, 12, 15,16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000

Stabilization performance

4 EV steps*

* Based on CIPA measurement conditions.

Shutter speed range

60 - 1/8000 sec. (Not available when Bulb and Time is selected.)


Exposure Control (Still)

The E-M1 provides DSLR quality in low light photos with an increased ISO sensitivity to 25,600.

Metering system

Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control

(TTL Image sensor metering)

Metering range

EV -2 - 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)

Exposure mode

i Auto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro*, Myset 1 - 4

 

* Selectable from menu as a function on Fn-1/Rec button

Scene select AE

Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., 3D*, Panning*1

 

*3D lens(H-FT012 by Panasonic) only, still only

ISO sensitivity

Auto: ISO LOW (approx. 100) - 1600 (Default), upper limit customizable 200 - 25600
Manual: ISO LOW (approx. 100), 200 - 25600 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps selectable

Exposure compensation

±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable

AE lock

Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1/Rec button)

Metering standard value adjustment

1/6 EV step, +/- 1EV range

Aperture Lock

On/Off Selectable in Gear Menu D


Noise Filter

at High ISO setting

Off, Low, Standard, High

Noise Reduction

at Slow shutter speed

Off, On, Auto

 

On : effective when shutter speed is slower than 1 sec.

 

Auto : effective when shutter speed is slower than 4 sec. (at ISO 200 or higher) or 8 sec. (at lower than ISO200)


Recording (Still)

Recording format

DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III,
MPO compatible

File format

RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)

Recording image size

[RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels

 

[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels

File size

RAW: 4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB

 

Set1(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MB

 

Set2(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MB

 

Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB

 

Set4(SN): 1280(H)x980(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB”

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BUILT-INWI-FI

Wi-Fi Function

Take control of your OM-D E-M1, without touching it! Using the O.I. Share app, you can preview your composition, choose the AF point and release the shutter; perfect for tripod or portrait shooting. Watch Video

GPS function

Availabe (Aquire the position information from smartphone with GPS function)

Wireless shooting function

iAUTO, P, A, S, M, live valve / time support. Aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO speed, WB, continuous shooting setting possible.

Remote live view, remote REC VIEW, wireless touch AF shutter, Shutter timer (countdown with sound), remote power OFF

Image Share Function

Reserve the picture which will be transferred to smartphone. (Max 4 smart device connections) can transfer image; (except MPO) PEG, only MOV.

Smart & Easy Connection

Smart & Easy connection by QR code.

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IN-CAMERA CREATIVITY

Picture Mode

The new Color Creator feature lets you adjust Hue and Chroma right in the EVF and preview the effect in “real time”. Watch Video

Mode

i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e-Portarait, Color Creator, Art Filters

Gradation

Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key [except Art Flters]

Adjustment parameter

4 levels (Auto, Normal, High key, Low key)

Filter effect (B&W filter)

Neutral, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green for Monotone

Picture tone

Neutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green for Monotone


Live Composite

Use Live Composite to intuitively capture starscapes by viewing exposure progress directly on the monitor.

Live Composite

Available (0.5 - 60 seconds)

 

Information on composited number of shots

 

for images recorded within Live COmposite

 

can be checked using Olympus Viewer 3.)

Live bulb

Available 0.5sec. - 60sec.

Live time

Available 0.5sec. - 60sec.


HDR

HDR art photos can easily be captured with 12EV wide-range bracketing shooting.

HDR(Auto composite)

HDR1,HDR2

* Available with P, A, S and M mode.

* Takes 4 pictures at different exposures composite into a high contrast image.

*Exposure compensation (+/-3 EV) available*1

*Shooting information recorded in HDR1/HDR2 can be viewed in the playback screen*1

Bracketing for HDR post-process

3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 2.0EV steps selectable.

* HDR picture can not be made by this function.

* HDR function can be called by Fn-button.


Bracketing

Using Art Filter Bracketing when you can’t make up your mind about shooting a filter. Generate multiple pictures with Art Filters with a single shot and then view them as a slideshow.

Exposure bracketing

2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable

ISO bracketing

3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable

White balance bracketing

3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.

Flash bracketing

3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable

Art Filter bracketing

i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable


Art Filter

Twelve in-camera Art Filters are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. You can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as filming 1080 HD movies.

Mode (Variation / Effect)

Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.f)

 

Soft Focus ( - / c.e)

 

Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d.f)

 

Light Tone ( - / d.f)

 

Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.g.h)

 

Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.)

 

Diorama ( I, II / d.)

 

Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.f)

 

Gentle Sepia ( - / a.b.c.d.f)

 

Dramatic Tone (I / b.c.d.e.f) (II / b.c.d.e.f.g.h)

 

Key Line (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)

 

WaterColor (I, II / a.c.d.)

 

Vintage (I, II, III/ a, b, c, d, e, f)*1

 

Partial Color (I, II, III / a, b, c, d, e, f)*1

Art Effect

a. Soft Focus Effect

 

b. Pin-Hole Effect

 

c. White Edge Effect

 

d. Frame Effect

 

e. Star Light Effect

 

f. Defocus Effect (Top & Bottom, Left & Right)

 

g. B&W Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)

 

h. Picture Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green)

 

i. Shade Effect (Top & Bottom, Left & Right)*1


PhotoStory

With Photo Story, users can shoot a normal, everyday scene from multiple viewpoints and combine them into one image. Simply turning the mode dial to “Photo Story”, you’ll be provided with different formats to choose from, and everyday occurrences will become memorable scenes. Use the Temporary Save and Resume functions to complete your Photo Story later.

Type
(Variation/FrameEffect/WindowAspect)

Standard (I, II, III, IV / a, b, c, d / A, B, C, D )

Frame Effect

FunFrameⅠ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ

 

a. White Frame

 

b. White Frame & White Edge Effect

 

c. Black Frame

 

d. White Frame & Pin Hole Effect

 

e. Layout (I, II, III, IV)*1

Aspect Window/Pattern

A. 4:3/2Frames

 

B. 4:3/3Frames

 

C. 1:1/2Frames

 

D. 1:1/3Frames

 

E. 1:1/4 Frames

 

F. 16:9/5 Frames

 

G. 16:9/2Frames


Interval Shooting

Interval Shooting

1-999 frames, Interval time 1sec-24hours, Time lapse movies

Multi Exposure

Number of picture / Function

2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)

Level Gauge

Detection

2-axis (vertical and horizontal)

One push Tele-converter

Magnification

x2

Multi Aspect

Aspect Ratio

4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4

Process

RAW: Aspect ratio is recorded as Exif data, JPEG: JPEG image is produced based on the aspect ratio


White Balance

White balance mode

Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 2 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)

White balance compensation

±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis * Except for Custom WB

Preset white balance

7 preset WBs (3000K - 7500K)

 

- Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)

CWB (Kelvin setting)

1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature, 2000K to 14000K.

Capture white balance

2 custom settings can be registered

Color Mode

Colour matrix

sRGB, Adobe RGB


Recording (Video)

Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 30p HD video and stereo sound in either .MOV or .AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button.

Recording format

MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI(Motion JPEG)

Movie Mode

[MOV]

 

 

Full HD: 1920(H)x1080(V),  30p(29.97 Recording

 

24Mbps(Fine) / 16Mbps Normal) : Aspect 16:9

 

HD: 1280(H)x720(V),  30p(29.97 Recording

 

12Mbps(Fine) / 8Mbps Normal) : Aspect 16:9

 

[AVI Motion JPEG]

 

HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps *20, Aspect 16:9

 

SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps *20, Aspect 4:3

 

*20 : Except for some of the Art Filters

Maximum Recording Time

[MOV]

 

Full HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine)

 

HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)

 

[AVI]

 

HD : Approx. 7min*21 / SD : Approx. 14min*21

 

*21 : Except for some of the Art Filters

Movie Function

Movie Effect* : One shot echo / Multi echo / Art fade *Default ON

 

Art Filter Movie, Aperture priority Movie, Shutter Priority Movie, Manual Shooting Movie, Old Film Effect*1

Movie Tele-converter

×4* Avairable on Movie effect mode

TimeLapse Movie

Available AVI Motion JPEG  1280×720,10fps)

IS for Movie

Built in (Image sensor shift type image stabilization)

 

M-IS.ON,off, Panasonic OIS lens priority

AE Lock

Available

Exposure control - Movie

P: Program AE, A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter speed priority AE, M: Manual, Art Filter

 

* S mode and M mode: Shutter speed is limited in less than 1/30 sec.

Compression ratio

Motion-JPEG Format: 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)

File size

MOV Format: Max 4GB

 

Motion-JPEG Format: Max 2GB


Recording (Sound)

Recording format

Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)

Microphone/Speaker

Stereo/Mono

Microphone function

Wind Noise Reduction, Recording Volume

 

Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)

Maximum Recording Time

Picture with Sound: 30sec.

 

Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time

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INTUITIVE MENUS

Super control panel

Information (shooting)

Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity,Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting, NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Record mode, Flash Status, Record mode, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, Colour space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Internal Temperature Warning Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio, Super FP

Live control

Information (shooting)

Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity,Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting, NR setting, WB, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, Internal Temperature Warning, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio

Live Guide

Setting Menu

Color saturation, Color image, Brightness, Blur Background, Express Motion, Shooting Tips, Multiple settings can be used simultaneously in Live Guide*1.

Playback

Playback mode

Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x - 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow *(with BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)

 

* Slideshow : Still/Movie/Still+Movie, When a camera is connected to HDTV with HDMI cable, 2 new slideshow effect can be selectable.(Still) 1 BGM replaceable. Auto angle correction

Information display

Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF

Menu

Languages

34 languages selectable:

 

English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai

Reset & custom setting

My mode

4 settings recordable / Available on allocating to mode dial.

Image Editing

Editing function

RAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Postrecording

RAW picture editing

RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter,ART-BKT, e-Portrait)

 

Detail edit acceptable. (Preview, Memory of 2 setting, re-development)

JPEG editing

Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Cropping, Aspect, Black&White, Sepia, Saturation, Resize, e-portrait

Image Overlay

Up to 3 RAW images

Erasing function

Single frame, All, Selected frames (from Index)

Protect function

Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Camera control function

Available by connecting camera to PC with USB connection. OLYMPUS Capture software installed on PC is required.

Input/Output

USB/AV/Remote controller connector

Dedicated multi-connector [USB: USB2.0 Hi-Speed, Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 can be used.]

HDMI connector

Micro HDMI (Type-D)

Flash attachment

Hot shoe

Accessory Port 2

Dedicated multi-connector [Available for VF-2/VF-3/VF-4, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.]

MIC. Input Jack

φ 3.5 stereo mini jack

PC interface

USB2.0 Hi-Speed

TV interface

HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)

Power Requirements

Battery

BLN-1 Li-ion battery (included)

Sleep mode

Available (1/3/5 min. off selectable)

Number of recordable pictures

Approx. 350 shots IS ON, CIPA test standard]

 

(with BLN-1 and TOSHIBA SDHC card UHS-1 EXCERIA™ type 32GB)

Box contents

Box contents

Body, Flash FL-LM2, Li-ion battery BLN-1, Li-ion battery charger BCN-1, USB cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 3 (CD-ROM), Instruction manual, Warranty card

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*1 Additional functions and operability improvements refer to Version 2.0 Firmware Upgrade specifications.

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February 24, 2015

Burt

Excellent Camera

I had been using Canon digital SLR's for years and since I am getting up in years, I decided to look into a smaller camera. After reading extensively the reviews of various micro 4/3 camera's, I opted for the EM-1. Smartest move I have made photography wise. After using it for a month, I sold all my Canon equipment. The pictures are gorgeous and the camera is like an extension of my arm. So intuitive to use. The controls are all in the right place and the menu's are easy to use. I have to say that once you get the settings to your likeness, you rarely have to go back in. I do mostly scenic and macro and it excels at both. I love being able to get to the HDR settings easily.

Like many other people, I wish Olympus would have put a full paper manual in the box. I have the PDF file, but it is a pain in the neck to use and too many pages to print out. For those people like me I recommend a book by David Busch simply named "Olympus OM-D E-M1 Digital Photography"

I like this camera so much, that I bought an OMD E-M10 as a backup. Thanks Olympus.

February 12, 2015

Joshua C

One Year with my EM-1. Momentum Made Magic.

I am writing my second review of OMD EM-1. I shoot in raw always and I want to first discuss the quality of the raw files. Second, I walk more than five miles at times taking photography walks with my OMD EM-1. It's portability will be highlighted. On a final abridged note, the advanced menu system, dials and buttons are ideal for someone who multipurposes his or her images and his or her photography techniques.

OMD EM-1. Breathe deeply. I have read other reviews discussing chromatic aberration and noise presence in the camera's raw files. I use lens hoods and filters to reduce and eliminate color distortion as well as haloing in the raw file. If any remains, I remove it in Adobe Camera Raw. For noise, I have seldom seen color noise in ISO below 1600. I have an HD video card and display. In those cases, it was in water with long shutter speeds. In all cases, it can be removed in Adobe Camera Raw.

I love walking with my OMD EM-1. My many M.Zuiko lenses are light just as is the OMD EM-1 body. Thus the 'Micro' in Micro Four Thirds. Why is the portability important to long distances other than weight? For birds, as an example, walking on a trail and shooting them requires luck, skill, and a sharp eyesight. The further you walk, the more chances you have of photographing birds. A light and portable camera system is a must: for the target subjects and your back!

Having options says you have control over your photos, but more importantly over your workflow. An advanced menu system and ergonomic dials and buttons are a must. I shoot in raw with a 16:9 aspect ratio. My initial audience is two tv stations. They sort through my images for backgrounds often. 16:9 aspect ratio is Cinematic, wide screen TV. However, my second purpose for some of my photos is stock photography. The OMD EM-1 is completely able to do stock photography. One final purpose I would like to mention is selling photography prints. As a print, usually a different aspect is needed depending on the customer. As for the buttons and dials on the OMD EM-1 body, I have the hands of a pianist. You can do a lot of customization with it. My OMD EM-1 is just the way I like it. So can yours.

If you want Pro level Performance and Prestige, Portability and Acessibility Potential, and a Device that out does all others -- Olympus OMD EM-1 is your next camera.

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Original review (posted March 2014)

Photo Fantastic. Rev'd up Video.

I have great success with my new OMD EM-1. The transition from my previous Olympus camera to the OMD EM-1 was seamless and effortless.

The higher ISO choices are very powerful with no noise present. The micro four thirds and Pro lens choices highly flatter this dynamic camera. Burst mode is ideal for quick moving wildlife, or fidgeting young children. The speed of the camera breaks the sound barrier. Sunrises and sunsets gain acutely more detailed precision with the Shadow and Highlight adjustments feature. Having two dials to control Aperture and Shutter in Manual Shooting mode turns the camera into almost a musical instrument. The OMD EM-1 sings Italian Opera.

One scene mode that intrigues me is hand-held starlight. The North Star and its siblings come through clearly holding the camera in my hand.

Frigid river air temperatures are yet to overpower the OMD EM-1. At 20 degrees Fahrenheit I was able to capture the ending of a beautiful sunset with no condensation to think of.

The HD video produced with the OMD EM-1 is of excellent quality, particularly with its stereo sound. In combination with the various shooting modes and lenses, your creative potential sky rockets.

Images created with the OMD EM-1 exceed industry potential. Photoshop smiles when I open them.

If you want to be the leader of your photography abilities, the OMD EM-1 is the camera of choice for you.

February 03, 2015

Patrick RH

Great Camera that's difficult to use.

I've owned my E-M1 for about a year now and have captured some great images with it. But I have to agree with some of the other reviews in that it is a very complex instrument with a very steep learning curve.

Some of the Pros and Cons:

Pros:
-Small and light weight means it doesn't bog you down when taking it on a nature hike or a family vacation

-Immense amount of features and settings means that it's possible to get the perfect picture in any setting or situation
-Though focus tends to be a bit on the soft side, image quality is great once you learn how to use the camera.

-Fast autofocus and fun to shoot with.


Cons:

-More noise and chromatic aberration than I deem acceptable for a camera costing $1400 just for the body. Noise in the shadow areas is visible all the way down to ISO 200. And while the ISO can be set as high as 25600. No usable images can be attained higher than ISO 6400. I thought the amount of noise visible was normal until I saw an image taken at ISO 5000 with my friend's less expensive Nikon. It had less noise than an image taken with my E-M1 at ISO 1600. Increasing the noise filter and noise reduction only smears detail.

-A completely useless and unhelpful starter guide comes with the camera. A camera this complex needs to have a dedicated user manual that explains how each of the 200 plus features work. It seems as though the people at Olympus assumed we would know how to use all the features. For example, when setting the image stabilizer focal length, how am I supposed to know what to set it at when I have a zoom lens......or should I set it at 1000mm to ensure it's sensitive enough to detect even the slightest amount of camera shake? A manual explaining this would be helpful.

-The little hot shoe pieces are easily lost. I've had to buy some replacements already. Why not include an on-board flash like every other "professional" camera instead of requiring it to be separately connected.

All in all, this is a very good, well-built, stylish camera that can satisfy the needs of almost anyone. The image quality it produces is on par with cameras costing more and I am happy to continue shooting with it.

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NOTE FROM OLYMPUS:
We appreciate your feedback on the included starter guide. The full OM-D E-M1 manual can be freely downloaded here: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_support_manuals.asp?id=1648.

Regarding the IS focal length selection: The only time you will want to utilize the manual focal length input is when a legacy manual focus lens is used. Non-legacy lenses offer electronic connection and control of aperture and focus. For these, the focal length or zoom position will be communicated to the camera automatically. If you are using a manual focus legacy lens, manually inputting the focal length will allow the camera's IS unit to function properly. We do not recommend setting the length longer then the lens offers.

January 31, 2015

Tom

Amazing camera with a few issues.

The EM-1 is my fourth Olympus camera. Previously had an EPL-1 and EPL-3. Still have an EP3 and now the EM-1 which is used daily on a professional basis in a studio. Suffice to say I am familiar with Olympus cameras.

The EM-1 is a great camera with good feel. Just amazing. The photos are great. I like all the options. However I have had a few issues with the camera.

I think the best way to review this to run through the pros and cons.

Pros:
-Sturdy frame (it is so nice to not have plastic or stamped metal)

-Metallic dials and switches

-Good sized grip (I have the extra grip as well)

-Full Featured plenty of settings to adjust and customize. The menus are not too crowded and it is what you should expect from a camera of this caliber.

-Lighter than a large DSLR

-You can change the battery while on a tripod (without battery grip)

-The swivel touch screen is very useful and seems well made

-Pixel mapping

-Tethering to computer is a great option.

-Weatherproof!

Cons:
-After only a little over a month (5800 photos) the rear dial is malfunctioning. Not excited about this. This is some known problem that many people have I guess. I need the camera every day. Sending it in for service means I need to buy a second one while it is in. Maybe that was the plan.

-The power switch is in an odd location that keeps you from naturally turning on the camera as you raise it up with one hand to prepare to shoot. For this reason I do not tend to take the camera out of the studio often. I really want to, but it is the small things like this that have me lugging a DSLR outside. The EM-1 is powerful, light, and nimble. But, that is not really useful when you can actually get a full sized SLR turned on and ready to shoot faster than the EM-1. For long days sometimes the power can be off to conserve battery. Maybe I just need to train myself on how to do this. If you do not need this camera for long days of constant shooting where outside, ignore this.

-Telephoto function not available when tethered. They never mention this anywhere in the manual or other documents, but Olympus support confirmed this is not currently an option. Disappointing as I was really looking forward to this combo. Very silly not to have this available. There is also a feature in the iOS app that is not available in the tethering capture software...I think it was electronic zoom control.

-Tethered preview quality and size could be much better. I was seriously disappointed. I would pay for the software if it was better.

-The left side cover is pretty tough to open unless you swivel the screen out.

-The wifi connect feature is only useful for select moments when you know you need to use it. They market it as some wonderfully easy to do thing that will have you sharing images on social media instantly, but that is not the case. You have to turn it on, go through the setup to change you wifi connection to the camera, then take some pictures or move some pictures, then you have to go back and change your wifi connection back to the real world and then you go back to the photos and share them. I expected I could connect the camera to the same network as the iPhone and make the connection that way so it really would be more instant and easy to use, but it is not. I planned on using it, but I never do now because it is just no easy to do.

-The camera does Title all your images "OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA". This is nothing new and Olympus has been doing this for a while. That does not make it any less annoying! I spent weeks trying to figure out how to turn this off on my EP-3 only to find out it is not possible. I have a specific post process that I have to do just to remove this. Why can we not have the option to leave this data blank in the camera like every other manufacturer. The EXIF data is already tagged with the camera make model and serial number. I do not think Olympus understands how much of a hinderance this is to a number of users. I considered never using Olympus again because this really messed with the workflow. Other manufacturers give you the option to Title with a blank or a sequential number after a title. I am not sure when they will get with the program. Hiding behind the idea that it is just some small bit of EXIF data that only pops up in certain softwares because that is not the case. If they sold an EM-1 model that did not do this I would pay more for it to be rid of the problem.

Well that may sound like I really do not like the EM-1. The fact is I still really like it a lot, but it does have a few issues that and I did want to explain them well enough for others to understand. Currently the pros very much outweigh the cons for me. I want to give it 5 stars but I just can't. I am however considering buying a second one. The bottom line is it feels like it is indestructible and the photos are great. Buy one!

January 27, 2015

CHARLES

What a Devise!

I was really amazed and pleased at well the OM-D E-M1 works with my existing four thirds lenses. Since I use four third lenses for specific purposes, the reduced focus field is not the problem I thought it might be. Of course there is no problem with m43 lenses - works flawlessly.

January 23, 2015

BJ

Good, but not an equal replacement for E3/5

Pro photographer (nature, landscape, art). Long-time Olympus owner, as well as other brands, film and digital.

Glass I use:
M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm (small zoom pancake lens, micro 4/3)
M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm (zoom telephoto, micro 4/3)
MMF-3 converter for my older full-size 4/3 Zuiko lenses, 12-60mm ED SWD and 50-200mm ED SWD)

Pros:
― Good choice for serious amateurs.
― Very lightweight, compact.
― Olympus' lenses are known for being fast and good. Even the micro 4/3 versions have very good optics, even in the cheaper models.
― If you have older full-size 4/3 lenses, the MMF-3 converter lets you use them on this micro 4/3 body. Optics are better than I've experienced with the newer micro-4/3 lenses.
― Movie recording is quite good, once you learn how to use it correctly.
― It's a fast responding camera with equally responsive lenses and a fast frame-capture rate. Clicking off 20 frames @ high resolution RAW format let's me capture every nuance of a bird in flight.

Cons:
― What a nightmare of menus and buttons! There are too many buttons I don't need, and not enough for those functions I do need, like AE-L and AF-L.

― Too much chromatic aberration/noise on IOS above 300. That's crazy! Have to run nearly every photo through noise correction software before processing in Photoshop. And there goes my detail in critical lighting conditions.

― World's most useless user guide! It's been 5 months and I still haven't figured out all the settings and buttons I need.

― Too difficult to get the settings you want. Just switching basic settings while shooting, like F-Stop and white balance, takes TOO LONG and you end up losing the shot. I've tried programming custom settings, but it's rare that I'm using the same settings over and over.

― The shot controls were designed for use on the LCD touch screen. But how many pros shoot with the LCD? It's the worst way to shoot! We're using the viewfinder, not the screen, for most shots.

― Totally INSANE menu system. Again, poor user interface. TMI--too much insane information! Give me a quick menu for controlling only core settings for the shot. Put all the remaining 1,692,431 controls (and sub controls, and sub-sub controls) in another menu where I can get to them only when needed.

― Tilt-out LCD screen doesn't match the usefulness of the fold-out one on the E3/5.

― A separate flash unit? Really? And it's the size of a quarter so it's already gotten lost. Fell out of my jeans pocket. Luckily I usually don't shoot with mini-flashes like this one.

Other than the noisy sensor, this camera has good technology in it. But it needs a complete overhaul of its user interface and better resources on how to use it.

I was going to buy some of the new, higher quality micro-4/3s Zuiko lenses but decided to hold off. If Olympus comes out with a better designed camera than this, I will. If not, my current OMD-E1 gear will be eBayed and I'll switch to another brand.

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NOTE FROM OLYMPUS:

Please note that it is not necessary to use the camera menu or use LCD screen to change basic or core camera settings. For example, essentials that are often adjusted, such as F-Stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, White Balance, AEL/AFL lock, Focusing mode and focus points, can be easily accessed and adjusted by the push of a button or the rotation of the wheel, without having to take your eye off the viewfinder. You can also customize some buttons, for functions that may not be available on the camera dials by default. Another option is to enable the E-M1's Super Control Panel for quick access to several key shooting functions from the LCD screen.

In regards to the Noise/ Chromatic aberration, the camera features built-in noise filter technology, and other processing technologies, to eliminate these aberrations automatically from the JPEG images. This processing is excellent, keeping very high image quality, but does not get applied to the RAW images by the camera. Therefore, if shooting in RAW format, please make sure to enable these functions in the Olympus Viewer 3 Raw processing options, or other compatible software.

January 15, 2015

David

Great camera!

I purchased this to replace an entry level DSLR that needed upgrading, both body and glass. When I started researching the full size DSLR options I wasn't happy with the cost and size of the system. I spoke to several people I know who gave up their full size camera rigs for this system and EVERYONE was very pleased. They, as I have "Dumped" the full size gear in favor of this baby. WOW! Great size, beautiful images, amazing feature set and a great selection of lenses that can help you achieve the images your looking for. Add to this water resistance, flash command features and you have a winning camera. I tried another brands mirror-less system camera and was uninspired by the view finding and focusing. This one is spot on! For all of you sitting on the fence, don't hesitate, it is worth it. Cost, sure it's expensive, but compare this to similar full featured systems from the BIG boys and you quickly realize this is got a lot of bang for the buck. Couple that with not having to carry 20-50lbs of gear and it's a no brainer. I can carry this with a small prime, and medium telephoto in a smallish satchel and be good for a day of shooting, or I can take all that I have and not break my back.

January 10, 2015

Jeffrey

A lemon?

I have used Olympus cameras exclusively since the E-300 came out and I own the E-300, E-3 and Pen. So When the Em-1 came out I jumped in. That might have been a mistake.

The EVF is great as long as you are shooting a non-moving object in available light. It has a hard time keeping up with fast moving objects such as birds in flight. It is also completely useless when shooting in a studio with strobes.

The dials which are programmable (a nice feature) are not as responsive as previous DSLR cameras such as the E-3. One click of the dial should be one point of adjustment and many times it is not.

The Video would be nice unless you are shooting at night. I shot a firework display as part of an event a client was putting on and had a couple of distracting pixels that showed white through the entire video even when there was nothing but darkness.

The add on flash is a problem, small pieces are easily lost and having to carry around the little flash in the event you want to use off camera flash is a pain. So you either always have it on which sticks out and catches on things or you stick it in a draw and never use it.

Another issue is battery life. This thing sucks down batteries like there is no tomorrow. With previous DSLRs 2 batteries would last me a weekend of shooting. This thing will go though 2 batteries in less than a day.

I am not sure if this is a bad model or I may have just got a lemon. One thing I did notice is the E-5 camera prices have increased steadily since the EM-1 came out. I wonder if this is because the E-5 was a better camera.

Conclusion: I really hate to give a bad review on a product from a company I believe in, but I think I would stay away from this camera. It seems the more I use it the more problems I find with it. Definitely NOT for professional use. On the good side, it's small size makes it a nice travel camera, just buy lots of batteries.

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NOTE FROM OLYMPUS:

Olympus Digital Technical Support advises to call 888-553-4448 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 9pm ET) so we may review the settings on your camera for your shooting situations and the firmware in use.

January 05, 2015

miguel

BEWARE:

This camera places a caption under every frame on video and every picture that says "OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA" and it is NOT an option. If I had known this I would have purchase something else.

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NOTE FROM OLYMPUS:
This is EXIF data that displays in some programs while reviewing video.

December 26, 2014

Ron

E-M1

I've just gone from the E-5 to the Olympus upgrade E-M1. There's a learning curve here. This is a highly sophisticate camera with additional features. I've had this for a week and enjoy it. If you're going from a E-5 to this camera, keep in mind that the micro 4/3 is different from the 4/3. You will need an adaptor if you want to use your "old" DSLR lenses. The battery and memory card are also different. I suggest that you get the battery grip to go with the E-M1. The micro lenses are small and lighter. However, I have a lot of cash invested in my DSLR lenses, so a micro lens is not in my future.

It will take awhile to get the feel of the E-M1. I'm impressed. What I do not like is the LCD screen. Why Olympus couldn't have kept the design of the LCD E-5, I don't understand. It had a wider range of positioning and you could turn the screen inward when not using to prevent scratches etc.

I give this a 4.9 rating and highly recommend.

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