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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 sets a new benchmark in image quality and is the perfect blend of sophistication and practicality. The stylish, weather-sealed magnesium casing of the E-M1 is built around a 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor and next-generation TruePic VII image processor, which uses Fine Detail Technology II to get the very best still image and movie quality out of every lens. It is equipped with 5-axis IS to counteract movement and dual fast AF which Olympus claims to be one of the world’s fastest AF systems. The EVF with 2.36k-dot resolution, automatic backlight adjustment and 1.48x magnification ensures a bright, responsive image for easy framing and real-time setting adjustments. Integrated Wi-Fi allows you to share your images straight to social media with a compatible smartphone. More
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The OM-D E-M1: Introduction Video
Olympus’ fastest ever AF
Alongside the design specialists who gave the OM-D E-M1 its perfectly proportioned casing, Olympus clearly employs some of the world’s best autofocus engineers. E-M1 owners reap the rewards with Olympus’ fastest ever AF system. DUAL FAST AF delivers very quick autofocus performance with both Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds lenses, which can be mounted on the E-M1 using an adapter. The camera detects which sort of lens you are using and switches automatically to the more suitable AF technology – either phase detection or contrast AF. Four Thirds lenses work with phase detection, whereas Micro Four Thirds use Contrast AF. Both AF technologies can accurately focus on any one of 37 focus points to pick out, for example, a single stallion among stampeding horses, or on 81 target areas to automatically track the whole herd.
The OM-D E-M1: Fast AF Technology
Olympus’ best ever images
When a company with the optical pedigree of Olympus claims a new camera delivers the best image quality of any consumer model it has ever made, that device has a lot to live up to. The OM-D E-M1 more than matches expectations – and rebuffs DSLR sceptics – thanks not least to three key, complementary components. The Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds lens system (63 lenses and growing) combines with a new 16-Megapixel Live MOS sensor and the seventh generation of its powerful TruePic image processor series. TruePic VII uses New Fine Detail Technology II to get the very best still image quality out of every lens by adjusting processing in line with the type of lens attached and aperture setting.
Olympus’ most powerful ever electronic viewfinder
Olympus gives creativity free reign and breaks new ground in electronic viewfinder design in the shape of a new EVF with fully 1.48x magnification, which is approximately 1.3x larger than a typical DSLR. In addition to high, 2,360,000-dot resolution, DUAL FAST AF and automatic backlight adjustment, the EVF scores over optical viewfinders with a new feature that is unique to the OM-D E-M1. HDR Preview Mode allows you to monitor HDR images in the EVF before you shoot and you can likewise experiment with four key settings before shutter release: aspect ratio, magnification, colour and highlight & shadow. The OM-D E-M1 also introduces a new way to adjust colour. Instead of graphs and numbers, the newly developed Colour Creator lets you intuitively play with colour by tweaking dials on top of the camera. You can check the result in real time on the Live View EVF. The time lag is a mouth-watering 29ms, which is too fast for the human eye and results in natural movement even with very fast-moving subjects****.
**** Some extremely fast-moving subjects may not appear to move smoothly.
The OM-D E-M1: The Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)
Olympus’ smartest ever WiFi integration
Among the E-M1’s many other strengths are built-in WiFi, which lets it communicate quickly and simply with a compatible smartphone. You can send selected images straight to websites and social media via your phone and effectively use it as a remote control to avoid touching the camera during long-exposure shots. Pairing is quick and easy via a QR code. You can mirror the Live View LCD on your phone’s touch screen, then focus and release the shutter remotely via WiFi (in P, A, S, M modes) directly on the display. Even the unique and spectacular Live Bulb effect can be previewed on your smartphone. Live Bulb updates the Live View image at pre-set intervals during bulb exposures.
Olympus’ most pro-friendly system camera
The OM-D E-M1 was designed in close collaboration with pro photographers who gave Olympus a wish list of ways to make cameras more ergonomic. With an eye on the fate of unwieldy DSLRs, re-assignable dials, switches and rings are big and beautifully laid out to ensure the camera sits comfortably in your hand and is easy to use. For example, you can adjust aperture and exposure using two dials on the back, then flick a lever to change the function of the dials and adjust ISO and white balance with the same movement.
Olympus’ most reliable ever camera
Olympus’ record-breaking* Hybrid 5-axis Image Stabilization is exceptional because it compensates for movement around the axis of the lens as well as horizontal and vertical shift, and the usual yaw and pitch. This makes it noticeably easier to capture sharp, hand-held stills, especially at large zoom ratios. In fact, the Hybrid IS is so effective that you can record a shake-free Full HD movie literally on the run – even with long focal lengths – easily framing shots with the viewfinder or LCD in real time. Just as reassuring is the E-M1’s rigid magnesium body, as well as its dustproofing**, splashproofing** and freezeproofing**, which protects your investment with another Olympus world-beating system. The OM-D E-M1 is the best camera guaranteed to work perfectly in temperatures as low as -10°C*.
The OM-D E-M1: 5-axis Image Stabilisation
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Small compact but with a great quality
from Bromley, Kent
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
I bought the Olympus after seeing it in action and wanted a good quality relatively lightweight camera for travel and events. The image stabilisation and other built in enhancements such as HDR and preset toning features mean that you can do so much in-camera. I am still in the process of working through the features and there are so many facets to it. The online manual is a must to understanding the many aspect to this neat camera. Thoroughly recommended to pros and amateurs alike.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Western Isles
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
I've been through quite a few digital SLRs in the past 10 years, but have never been really happy with any. Camera bodies especially just seem to be getting bigger and bigger, and as a result they stayed at home or in the car more often than not. I got tired of lugging around my heavy Canon gear during an extended trip abroad last year, so started looking around at the alternatives.In my film days I had mainly used Olympus OM series cameras. So I took the plunge and picked up an OM-D E-M5, and was delighted by both the quality of the images and versatility of the camera. My photography had a new lease of life! However it isn't perfect. The EVF whilst good, is not nearly as good as those in my Canon bodies. The E-M5 needs the additional grip, and with it the handling is also pretty good, but the placing of some of the controls is not ideal and the function buttons in particular lack positive feel. However I loved the compact size, and started to collect some of the small but quality lenses from the good range that are available. The Olympus 45mm f1.8 for example; such a great lens for the street, weddings etc, and with the touch screen shutter release and instant focusing, subjects are usually not aware that they have been captured.When the OM-D E-M1 was announced it seemed to answer most of my issues, but at a fairly steep price, especially as I was still getting to know the E-M5.So I stuck my hand into my pocket again. The E-M1 is all that I hoped for. It answers the short-comings of E-M5 in all respects. The EVF in particular is excellent, and makes you realise that an EVF can add something rather than being second best to an optical viewfinder. You see the effect of your changes will on the exposure as you make them, not after, looking at the rear screen. It feels so much better in the hand, all the controls seem to be in the right place. I have felt at home with this camera so quickly compared to all other digital cameras that I have used. I'm capturing better images and enjoying my photography more than ever.The EM-1 just feels right.
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