February 5, 2016 by Michael
Nice Camera
First thing you notice is the excellent build quality. I really wanted a camera I could take out in a thunderstorm. I did have to exchange my first E-M1. Some of the buttons weren't working. But my new copy works fine. My only real disappointment is the customization. From what I had read, there were a zillion buttons and dials that you could configure any way you wanted. While there is a lot of flexibility, there are limits which I didn't expect. For instance, there is no way to set a button to be a spot meter button. Yes, there are several ways to set spot metering but I wanted to program a button to switch to spot while held down and revert to my default metering when I let it go. Many controls have a limited number of options you can set. For example, putting the lever in position 2 switches what the front and back dials do, but only as combinations of ISO and WB. I don't often change these and would much prefer if I could program the dials to do what I want, say flash compensation or picture mode. As a former software designer, my guess is that this capability is possible with this camera design, it just needs some firmware/software tweaks to implement.
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January 9, 2016 by FredVSr
There is nothing like an Olympus camera
I have been an Olympus fan since the original OM-1. I appreciate their quirkiness and the enjoyment they provide in use. The OM-D EM-1 is the easiest to use so far and, as you'd expect, provides the best results. So, while I find it hard to be objective about Olympus cameras, I have to say that I bought this camera refurbished from Olympus. When it arrived it had the yellow-green spot issue described in many on-line postings. I returned it to Olympus who fixed it with no questions asked. I can't say I expected this level of service on a used camera and was pleasantly surprised.
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December 10, 2015 by Dr. Vinny photog
amzing camera with best in class IBIS
EM1 is an amazing camera, it's feel natural to grip within my hand and the controls are within reach. The camera responds fast to inputs and very sturdy (I've drop it a few times on the floor with cosmetic dents on the body and the camera still functions without an hitch) The image stabilization is just magical that I'm not afraid to shoot still subject under low light condition. I refuse to buy any other cameras without build-in stabilization now since I got spoiled by the EM1's image stabilization. looking forward to EM1-markII
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December 3, 2015 by Sean
Why the OM-D E-M1
To say that the OM-D E-M1 is a good camera is a bit of an understatement. Do your homework, read your reviews and do web searches for images created with the camera and you'll find that the days of Canon and Nikon being the only smart choices are over. 5 axis image stabilization cant be understated (especially if you have less than pure expert photography hands like myself). The camera is also insanely customizable, giving you the option to assign the options you choose that YOU use most often in a variety of buttons and dials. The quality feel is definitely there and weatherproofing is a really comforting thing to have. But mostly, the most perfect image in the world means nothing if you left your bulky camera at home. I love the size, it's just a great combination of full spec performance and "please take me with you" portability.
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November 30, 2015 by Yan
The best M43 at good price
I purchased OMD-EM1 along with the 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens. This package outperformances the Sony A7 II with 28-55mm kit lens by big margin. Buying a camera is just like buying a car or a computer. There are so many choices and combinations out there. You need to know what you need and pick the best the combination that suit your need. For me, I need a camera to take indoor pictures of my kids and record video of their fun times. Before I purchased the Olympus, I also tried the Sony A7 II and the Nikon D750 with 24-120mm kit lens from my friends. The IQ from Nikon is the best of the three. I like the JPEG color especially the auto white balance selected by the Nikon. However, the Nikon combo is almost twice the weight of the Olympus or the Sony. And, the live view auto-focus system is a joke in the Nikon. You just can not record video using the AF with the Nikon. It keeps hunting and make loud noise when it is focusing. As for the Sony, the auto AF is pretty good even though some reviews say it is not very fast. For me, it is as fast as the Olympus in most of my shooting conditions. But, it is not accurate. Even though the AF points confirmed that it focused at the right point, it did not when you view the photo in the big screen. The slow kit lens came with the A7 II also lets it down in most of the indoor shooting conditions. To me, OMD-E1 is the best to my need. It is fast, light and always capture the right moment even in the not so optimum conditions.
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