The HLD-7 Power Battery Holder designed for the Olympus E-M1 is a dustproof and splashproof power battery holder that can enable the capture of approximately 680 shots (based on CIPA tests) between charges. It features a shutter button for shooting with the camera held vertically and two control dials and two function buttons for the same easy controls as when shooting from a horizontal position.
Dimensions (combined): 4.7 x 1.9 x 1.6 in. (119.2 x 48.9 x 41.4 mm)
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I am so excited to finally get this. Not only does it double the battery life, but it provides a much more stable grip for the camera. I have the silver OMD EM1 and I absolutely love how closely it resembles my OM4Ti with Motor Drive. Definitely has a great retro look to go with all of the new features of going digital. It does add some weight and bulk to the camera, but totally worth it!!!!!
November 29, 2016 by Socks
A great product, it is a must to have.
A great addition to my OMD E1 for night shooting in the cold nights. I don't have to worry about battery running out on a long exposure at the crucial time.
August 24, 2016 by Ron
Almost never leaves the camera.
I use the HLD-7 as it allows me to shoot all day and into the next on extended snowshoeing trips. It's easy to replace the battery in the holder on there rare time it's needed. An extra feature is that you can attach a external power adapter for longer shoots. Every year I take Halloween photos of graduates from an NICU (Neonatal ICU), taking 300-400 shots in an after noon. I've also used it with the external power adapter for long time lapse shoots at night in temperatures below the freezing point.
When I switched to the E-M1, from my Nikon D810, I felt the camera body was somewhat small for my hands to hold comfortably. Another issue with the camera was the battery drained too fast - again compared to what I'm used to with my other gear. The HLD7 addresses both issues. The camera now feels more balanced - especially when using the 40-150 Pro lens - and the battery capacity has been doubled. One battery goes in the body and the other battery in the HLD7 grip.
I got the HLD-7 battery grip for my E-M1 camera a couple of days ago. The grip really helps give you more control over your E-M1, especially when you have a large lens mounted, like the 40-150 mm f/2.8 Pro lens, or the ED-50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD lens. I use the GS-5 Grip Strap with the HLD-7, and the strap certainly improves the stability of the set-up.
Either of those lenses should be used with a tripod, to prevent fatigue, and maintain a steady shooting platform, but by using the HLD-7 grip with the GS-5 strap, I can carry the camera/lens and a monopod to become more mobile. Also when I shoot, I change from “A” aperture mode to “S” shutter priority mode.
I have not noticed any problem with battery drain yet, but I will get another battery just to be safe.
Love the balance and love the looks of the E-M1 with the HLD-7.