We proudly present four professionals who left behind their bulky, overweight DSLRs and never looked back. They’ve embraced the smaller, lighter and versatile OM-D system. Who knows? After reading this, you may send your DSLR someplace new: retirement.

We proudly present four professionals who left behind their bulky, overweight DSLRs and never looked back. They’ve embraced the smaller, lighter and versatile OM-D system. Who knows? After reading this, you may send your DSLR someplace new: retirement.


An OM-D doesn't just shoot amazing images.
It produces better photographers.

Some DSLRs are so big, photographers literally hide behind them. This is a lesson Shaun King learned when he switched to the smaller, more versatile OM-D system. He connects with his subjects with more energy and emotion. Now there’s no way any oversized DSLR will ever get between him and an awesome shot.

I’ve always believed that emerging technology offers new opportunities for photographers to shape the visual memories of their generation. So, when Olympus was among the first to produce a compact, mirrorless new-tech system, I was hopeful, but nervous: Could a smaller system offer professional standards like bigger legacy DSLR cameras?

Four years ago, I started using the Olympus flagship OM-D alongside my alternative DSLR system just to test my clients’ reaction. Could they tell a difference in the end? After some side-by-side comparisons, I quickly committed to switching systems and using Olympus OM-D cameras exclusively for my clients. I’m emotionally connected to this story, so let me explain: Olympus taught me how to be a better photographer.

What surprised me about using Olympus OM-D cameras was how I started to reconnect with my clients. For example, during weddings, I used to hide my face behind the DSLR’s optical viewfinder. I thought I was being patient, waiting for the best candid moment, but I was often just hiding. Once I started shooting with OM-D cameras, I noticed that I behaved differently when using the articulating screen, because it forced me to show my face and allowed me to shoot from creative angles. Now, my clients see me photographing, and I give them the energy I hope to receive. They’re more authentic in front of my Olympus cameras, and I’m more visible and approachable. This is even truer for my corporate clients who spend little time in front of the camera during their portraiture. I need to establish comfort, rapport, and trust immediately, and the smaller Olympus cameras with their articulating screens help photographers connect faster and more intuitively with clients.

I was also surprised to see how responsive the new Olympus flagship has become, and now with the E-M1 Mark II, I work faster. The newest OM-D is a complete solution for wedding and middle-tier commercial work, thanks to all these robust features: the fast frame rate, the fast phase-detection autofocus, the fast refresh rate on the LCD, the revolutionary silent shutter, the built-in Wi-Fi, the tethering option, the dual UHS memory card recording, the better battery, and the f2.8 to f1.2 PRO lenses.

I was impressed to discover that switching to Olympus helped increase sales. The small system allows me to carry more focal lengths, so I offer my clients a diverse range of storytelling options – from establishing shots at ultra-wide angles to intimate close-ups, all at f2.8 and faster. My corporate partners have more visual variety for their annual reports, and my wedding clients have more photos for their albums. The Olympus sensor aspect ratio of 4:3 has a distinct advantage over the standard DSLR size of 3:2. The taller sensor of Olympus cameras offers better shoot-to-print solutions in sizes such as 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, 16x20, and 30x40. These are the most popular printing sizes, and yet, for standard DSLRs, there is significant cropping to accommodate the 3:2 aspect ratio. I love that the OM-D preserves the integrity of my framing in-camera through the printing process for my wedding clients. So what I create digitally is what they wall mount physically.



Travel the world without gear weighing you down.

Rick Hunter, nature/wildlife photographer, had trouble getting his massive DSLR kit on small planes while on assignment. So he switched to the portable OM-D system. He has more freedom to move, which helps him capture more inspiring images. So what's his DSLR doing now? Collecting dust.

My fascination with photography began when I received a Kodak Brownie Starflash camera as a gift when I turned eight. I used the Brownie plus borrowed rangefinder and SLR cameras to photograph everything I saw and processed my images in a home darkroom. It was a momentous day when I saved enough to buy my own SLR. My focus was photographing nature.

For a while, photography took a back seat to work. After retiring early, I wanted to start shooting again and bought some big DSLR bodies and lenses for nature and wildlife photography.

My former kit was massive in size and weight. Traveling solo around the world with more than fifty pounds of photo gear was daunting, but rewarding. Photographing rare and endangered species from pole-to-pole and everywhere in between was a lifelong ambition. Sharing the images and stories is a way of increasing awareness of the plight of these creatures and their habitats. I also met and photographed other cultures, recording the human component of the natural world.

As time went on, it became harder to travel with such a big collection of gear. Flying in small planes in Africa, India, and Alaska generally meant that half the kit had to be left behind. I began researching alternatives that would let me capture the images I wanted with equipment of smaller size and weight.

After discussions with pro photographer friends, I began studying mirrorless cameras. I decided that the Micro Four Thirds format was the best fit for my needs. I selected Olympus because of their long history of quality cameras and lenses. I bought a body and some lenses to test the system and soon realized that this was my solution. I completely switched to the MFT platform three years ago and haven’t looked back.

The MFT format is not only easier to transport, but the freedom of being able to handhold long lenses means that I get shots I would’ve previously missed using a tripod or maneuvering with bulky cameras and lenses. The electronic viewfinder took some getting used to, but offers several advantages. In rapidly changing lighting conditions, a real-time histogram in the viewfinder is valuable. Also, focus peaking and the manual focus clutches on the M.Zuiko PRO lenses allow for fast, critical focusing for macro shots and scenes with complex components.



Never leave home without your OM-D camera.

Wherever photographer Jerry James goes, his camera goes too. He switched from a DSLR to an OM-D system because it’s amazingly portable and shoots images any pro can be proud of. Now Jerry’s OM-D is his constant travel companion, and his DSLR just feels lonely.

My name is Jerry James, and I’m a landscape/portrait photographer in Muskegon, Michigan. I spend a lot of my time traveling up and down the shoreline of the Great Lakes, capturing everything this beautiful place has to offer.

My love of photography began some years ago, and the passion grows every day. Over the years, I have owned and shot a handful of different brands, and I can honestly say that my Olympus gear has never let me down. It’s done everything I have needed it to do and then some. From landscape to portraits, the image quality has been top-notch, the hardware is some of the best I have ever held in my hands, and the technology inside these cameras is really amazing.

I love capturing light. One of my favorite things to photograph is the night sky, including star trails, the Milky Way and the Aurora Borealis. I even run through city streets shooting nightscapes and light trails. So the Live Composite Mode is one of my favorite features. Creating a properly exposed base image, then compiling other images on top of that while only allowing new light into the image is a game changer. Capturing star trails in a single image while watching it LIVE on the LCD is another reason why Live Composite is such a great feature.

Now, let’s talk size. I really enjoy the small form factor, and when I have a prime lens attached, my setup literally becomes pocket-sized. I always have a camera with me, and it is nice to carry something so small that produces high-quality images. It’s the perfect travel companion because you are not fidgeting with big, bulky gear and still get professional images.

Over the last couple of years, the popularity of photography has skyrocketed along with equipment prices. Yet Olympus has managed to keep its gear affordable and keep people shooting. I was using another brand a little over a year ago, and when I saw their f2.8 lens reaching a minimum of $2,000, I knew it was time to leave, and I did. Olympus offers amazing lens options for a fraction of what others are offering, all without sacrificing quality.

I’m completely happy with my Olympus gear, from the vibrant, razor-sharp images to its feature-packed capabilities. I’m able to capture stunning images with my E-M5 Mark II everywhere I go…and I do. I never leave home without it.



OM-D. The lightweight system that’s heavy with pro features.

Megan Brown’s DSLR was giving her back pain. She started using the OM-D system and found it easier to handle with all the advanced shooting technology she needs. Features like in-body image stabilization let her work without a tripod, lightening her load even more. Now she leaves her DSLR in the attic where it can't hurt her anymore.

I decided to get more serious about photography four years ago, and like many beginners, I bought a DSLR. I started as a hobbyist photographer, and the weight of the camera didn’t bother me at first. But as I started expanding my lens collection, I realized all that weight was going to be an issue. I love traveling, and I love photographing my adventures. However, the more lenses I purchased, the harder it was to carry my gear around. I have ongoing mild back pain due to a childhood sports injury, and the heavy gear was aggravating it. Before a trip to Scandinavia, I purchased a backpack, hoping to alleviate some of the weight because my shoulder bag was too heavy. It was still too much. My husband and I had to keep alternating who was carrying the heavy backpack— and this was just one camera body, a flash and two lenses!

I knew I needed a change. I had been following Olympus for a while— thanks to my friend, the amazing Olympus Visionary Tracie Maglosky — and was interested in this lightweight alternative to a DSLR. After the OM-D E-M1 Mark II was released, I knew I had to have it. I’m transitioning from a hobbyist photographer to an amateur photographer, adding weddings, commercial, and event photography to my repertoire. I didn’t want to be held back by the weight of my camera. The technology Olympus has packed into their products is unreal. The superior in-body image stabilization means I almost never have to carry a tripod because I can get a great shot even with a slower shutter speed. Pro Capture Mode guarantees I will catch the perfect moment during important events. The Olympus in-camera Focus Stacking is incredible, and reduces post-production work. I have even used it handheld, and the images turned out flawless.

After purchasing my Olympus camera, I no longer have back pain after shooting a wedding or carrying it all day. The additional lenses are so small, I can throw one or two in my purse without needing a bigger bag. There is no sacrifice in image quality versus a mirrored DSLR. The lenses are incredible and inexpensive! I am so happy that I no longer have to work for my camera, and that my camera is finally working for me.



Small & Lightweight

Get superior image quality with the pro camera system that’s smaller, lighter, and easily travels with you. OM-D cameras and M.Zuiko lenses are built to get any shot, anytime, anywhere.

World’s Most Effective Image Stabilization*

Forget about your tripod and shoot handheld. Our image stabilization system effortlessly compensates for all camera movement for blur-free stills and smooth high-res video, no stabilizing gear needed.

*As of September 2016, with E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO, 100mm focal length, Yaw / Pitch correction.

World’s Fastest Sequential Shooting*

Never miss a perfect shot again. With the E-M1 Mark II, shoot a record-shattering 60 frames per second in full resolution RAW. Thanks to OM-D’s cutting-edge processors, even fast-moving subjects are captured in stunning detail.

*As of September 2016, with E-M1 Mark II, when using Silent Sequential Shooting H Mode S-AF.

Sensor Aspect Ratio

Accurately compose your shots for printing without worrying about extensive cropping. The dimensions of OM-D image sensors more closely mirror the aspect ratio of most traditional print sizes, such as 8x10, 11x14, and even 16x20.

Extensive Lens Lineup, One Lens Mount

M.Zuiko lenses are lightweight, compact, and engineered with exacting standards for demanding pros. Because OM-D cameras and M.Zuiko lenses use a single mount type, compatibility of your perfect lens is always guaranteed.