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Re-imagined. Redesigned. Revolutionized. AGAIN.

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.


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.


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. 

A Camera as revolutionary as you

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Product Overview

In-depth Overview

5-Axis Image Stabilization

5 Axis Hands On Test

Dual Fast AF

Rugged Durability

Electronic Viewfinder


WiFi Feature

Shutter Speed & Flash Sync

System Accessories

Creative Functions

OM-D Awards

Live composite

Firmware Update V4.0



Support for Advanced Olympus Capture camera control software, in-camera Focus Stacking, Focus Bracketing, Advanced Movie Functions, 4K Time-Lapse Video, Silent Shutter, and Simulated Optical Viewfinder mode are just a couple of the additions via Feature Upgrade version 4.0.


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.


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.


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.

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.


Sample Photos:

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, Live Composite* 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.

*FW v4.0


In-Camera Creativity

With 12 in-camera Art Filters, Full HD Video Recording, Interval Shooting, 4K Time Lapse Video*, and more; normal, everyday scenes can be enhanced in various ways to express your creativity. And with new features such as In-Camera Focus Stacking and Focus Bracketing* and HDR shooting, you have the ability to expand photographic possibilities.

*FW v4.0



FIRMWARE VERSION 4.0 UPDATES (Available Late November 2015):

  • Addition of focus bracketing and in-camera focus stacking.
  • Silent shutter mode with up to 1/16000 sec continuous shooting
  • New Simulated Optical Viewfinder (S-OVF) mode
  • Advanced Focus Peaking
  • Improved Anti-shock Mode
  • Advanced Olympus Capture compatibility
  • Live Composite can now be controlled with OI.Share app
  • MF Clutch Disable feature to prevent accidentally disengaging autofocus.
  • Menu cursor position memory
  • Advanced movie functions with movie info display
  • 25p / 24p frame rates in full HD video shooting
  • 5-Axis movie image stabilization
  • Movie rec start with cable release
  • Synchronized PCM Audio with Slate Tone function
  • Ability to create 4K Time Lapse videos


  • Addition of "Underwater" Picture Mode with control for white balance, exposure and flash compensation, aperture and shutter speed. Recommended settings: Custom Menu G/ + WB to OFF
  • Addition of Live Boost II
  • Version 3.1 also includes the below updates from version 3.0 and 2.0.

NOTE: This firmware upgrade also includes features from previous firmware versions.


  • 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


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.


Focusing System

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


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


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

Advanced Focus Peaking


Color selection: white, black, red, yellow


Intensity selection: high, normal, low


Back light effect: on, off

AF tracking



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)

1/16000 sec - 1/8 sec Silent Electronic Shutter

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


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.


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



Product Type

Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera


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


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]


[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)


Outer Material


Inner Frame

Magnesium Alloy






Splash proof


Operating Environment


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


+14 ~ +104 °F


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


-4 ~ +140 °F


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


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


S-OVF (Simulated OVF)

Expands the Live View dynamic range.


*Available in the EVF when in P, A, S and M modes. Art filter, WB and exposure are not reflected in EVF.


Optional eyecup EP-13 is available.

Rear Monitor

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


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



System Accessories


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

Optional Battery Grip

HLD-7 Battery and Grip

Grip Strap


Underwater Housing



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


External Flash control mode

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

Wireless Flash Control

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




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

System Type

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


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


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


Lens IS Mode


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)

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”



Wi-Fi Function

GPS function

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

Wireless shooting function

iAUTO, P, A, S, M, live bulb, live time, live comp 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.



Picture Mode


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


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

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(Auto composite)


* 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.


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

Focus Stacking

Automatically capture and merge 8 shots for highest possible depth of field.

Focus Bracketing

3 - 999 frames, Focus steps selectable between 1 and 10

Art Filter

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



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

Frame Effect



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


2-axis (vertical and horizontal)

One push Tele-converter



Multi Aspect

Aspect Ratio

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


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)

Recording format

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

Movie Mode




Full HD: 1920(H)x1080(V),  30p/25p/24p


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



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


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




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 Info Display


Movie Rec Start with Shutter Release


Time Code Recording Supported

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


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 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



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 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



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)



Camera control function

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


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


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


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


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September 25, 2015


More than a Year and a Half with Olympus OMD EM-1

When I return from doing photography with my OMD EM-1, I am set aback by the stunning images. The technical advances of this camera are amazing. I find the timelapse function to be very useful for documenting cloud movements in the sky. Live Composite is still a new function for me, but I am finding it has its place also. My success with stock photos and videos continues at a rapid pace.

I love to take photography walks with my OMD EM-1. My imagination gets the better of me, or perhaps my EM-1 gets the better of my imagination. Either way, the EM-1 is a magical creative tool. The magic continues when I return to do the post-processing computer work. I shoot only in raw. The final steps of the photography process are in image editing software for me. Mouse clicks and keyboard buttons bring to life the impressive quality of the EM-1 raw files. I have heard the jpgs are fantastic, also.

Technically, the EM-1 can be a very complicated camera. I have studies in other languages, however, and the grammar of the EM-1 remains somewhere between Latin and Mandarin Chinese. But the many choices and menus open up great potential for professional photographers and advanced enthusiasts alike.

Timelapse movies have become a cornerstone for my photography sessions when not doing photography walks. Documenting cloud movements, sunsets, and boats on the Ohio River highlights this very useful function.

I have only recently started using Live Composite. I used it for sunset scenes after the sun had disappeared behind the distant hills. Landscapes in darkness seem possible future topics.

I now have hundreds of stock photos. They are very difficult and challenging to produce. Mastering the technique isn't for the faint of heart.

In summary, incredible image quality, advanced technology, and success are all facets of Olympus OMD EM-1.

September 12, 2015



This new mirrorless camera is packed with a punch. It's more compact, easy to work and takes pictures flawlessly. The wifi functionality is very nice.

I have a range of lenses, from the new PRO lenses to using my 4/3's lenses. The interchangeability means I don't have to get rid of all my old lenses which is very nice.

This camera has completely replaced my E520!

This is a great camera to have for all professional photographers. I am always recommending other photographers take a look at this camera when they are looking to buy.

September 10, 2015


m4/3 at its best.

I reluctantly sold my Nikon D7000 because of the size and weight. i am blown away by the EM1. With the 12-40 pro lens it takes better pics than my nikon. I was worried about the higher noise at higher ISO's but with the EM1's stabilization, i am able to shoot at lower ISOs than i had to with my Nikon (i don't take tripods with me). In most cases my D7000 was noisier..
with that lens my EM1 is soon sharp. I work for stock photography and i have never had a shot rejected for technical reasons. I had many rejects with my Nikon.... For travelling without a tripod and getting caught in the rain and snow.. the EM1 is stellar !!!!!

September 07, 2015


This Camera rocks

I had a Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless and was not happy with it ,sold it and bought the EM1 WOW. The learning curve is not dramatic maybe because I have 3 Nikons and a boatload of lenses but this little Oly does and amazing job and so far I am thrilled with the sharpness of the shots the speed of the camera ,the price name it ,I love it.The features like HDR gives super resolution .Once you get used to where the function buttons are there is no stopping it. I am considering an upgrade to the lenses already. I am hopeful that the weatherproof feature is not an exaggeration because my Nikons freeze up and fail to function in the cold weather and rainy days are out except for my little Olympus tough (that's how I got into Olympus )and it is tough.

September 04, 2015


Fantastic Camera!

I upgraded from an OMD E-M5 to an E-M1. I love the form factor of the OMD E-M1 and the metal construction! Today, too many DSLR's are built like plastic toys. Not the E-M1! Then there are the lenses and the fantastic picture quality Olympus delivers. If you do any street photography, this is the camera for you. This is truly the digital version of the Olympus OM-4. Although I am retired now, this is my camera of choice for travel and candid shots of my grand kids. Portraits shot with the E-M1 and my 45mm f1.8 are spectacular! My point and shoot camera is the Olympus Pen E-PL5! With the micro four thirds format, you can share ultra compact lenses with both your OMD and your compact Pen body creating a truly compact system. Nice job Olympus!

August 21, 2015


Highly recommended

I qwas in the market for a smaller lighter camnera system. I struggled with this decision for months. Should I await for newer technology, would low light performance be adequate, and what about image quality of a 16mp camera. This camera may not be for everybody but it is best for me. You really need to ask yourself what do you shoot most of the time. I do street shooting, travel photography, and landscapes. I rarely do any kind of action photography or video, While I would love to have a perfect camera I know there is no such thing and you always have to make compromises. The reason I picked up tis one instead of the similarly priced EMII is because it works with four thirds lenses extremely well. I was able to pick up three used four third zooms for less than I would pay for one pro zoom. And the focusing speed,image quality and build is great. I have not used the camera extensively just learning about it. And there is a lot to learn. Great camera. At present price probably best bang for the buck.

June 25, 2015


Replaced my FX Canon with no regrets!

Had two Full Frame Canon bodies with a full compliment of L lenses. I photograph a number of regional, national and international competitions. Fast and reliable AF is a must. I also do a lot of interiors, both commercial and residential. I was growing very tired of hauling my Canon gear from job to job. I had looked at the EM-1 and read and watched several reviews. I finally took the plunge and bought a body with the 12-40 D2.8. I owned it for less than 2 weeks and sold all my FF gear. I now how 2 EM-1 bodies and have not looked back. I love the size, features and quality. It does not matter where I go, I always have an EM-1 with me!

May 19, 2015


Photography reinvented

This camera is my new go-to body for personal use, and on-the-job documentary work. Heavy pro full-frame bodies, and lenses have taken a toll on me in the last decade of fast-paced pro photojournalism work, made a past love a demanding chore, and last year I start looking for a lighter solution that was up to the demands of the profession. I bought an E-M5, and loved it but it wasn't quite there. The E-M1 was everything I was hoping for in the first place

(I wish the video had variable frame rates-firmware update???).

It has great low-light capability, has a fast frame rate, fast auto focus, great and bright viewfinder, it's light, intuitive to use, 1/7th the cost of my current kit, and best of all it makes my job as fun as it was when it was my hobby. This camera is photography reinvented.

May 17, 2015



I handles my friends M1 and was very impressed. I had been using Canon gear for the last 20 years. It is so nice and light and very well built. It operates flawlessly and speedily. The photographs are beautiful taken with the two f2.8 lenses I purchased with the camera.
Another great feature is that it is waterproof. I lost a Canon at Iguasu Falls in Brazil due to moisture. All in all it is a perfect 5. Thank You

May 17, 2015



Amazing camera. It's just one of those cameras that makes you want to get out and shoot. And it's just the right size, even with 3-4 lenses it's still small enough to never get left behind. Great quality of workmanship and design, great feel in the hand. The camera quickly becomes intuitive, after the initial learning of the multitude of controls which are all placed in easy reach while framing pictures.
What you can get out of the camera is another reward in itself. Very pleased.
Over the last 12 years I've owned Canon and Nikon DSLR and now the Olympus OM-D E-M1. First time I ever stopped to give a review.

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