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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 12-40mm F2.8 lens 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
September 2013 - Olympus has finally announced the OM-D E-M1, the company's second OM-D Compact System Camera. We spent some time with a sample prior to its official announcement to put together a hands-on preview. Read more... »
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The Olympus 12-40mm Lens (included)
The 12-40mm f2.8 M.ZUIKO lens with weatherproof construction features a constant, bright f2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range. This wide-angle lens with fast aperture is great for landscapes, group shots, night scenes, portraiture and general purpose photography. This dedicated Micro Four Thirds lens features a 7-bladed circular diaphragm to create a natural, soft background blur which is ideal for making your subject stand out.
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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great DSLR Alternative
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Having owned an SLR (film then APS-C)for 30 years I finally succumbed to family pressure not to buy a full frame DSLR. You never use it enough, it's too bulky, it takes too long to set up etc etc. It was all true to a non-photographer. So this E-M1 was the compromise or so I thought. In fact it has freed my photographic creativity again. The exact opposite of what I thought it would do. It is just so easy to use the fundamentals. I tend to use Aperture priority, in this mode the front wheel sets Exposure Compensation, the rear sets Aperture, flick a switch and they are ISO and WB. Once you're used to it it's changed in moments - before you can "say cheese". The viewfinder displays how the end result will look and quality here is excellent. It is a perfect recipe for getting shots right in camera first time without missing the shot. I can set a shot up in a fraction of a second and if it doesn't look right in viewfinder I can tweak ISO or WB until it looks as I hoped in a flash and of course I am learning quickly with this immediate feedback.The 12-40 PRO lenses is also great with noticeably top notch contrast and sharpness. The only downside (and this could admittedly be a deal breaker depending what you shoot) is that it is definitely more difficult to get a shallow depth of field so you do have to think even more carefully about backgrounds. Also auto WB is not fabulous in some low light situations but that is easily corrected.Overall, if you can stretch to it financially I think you are likely to be pleased with your results.I have had it over a month and recently spent 12 days shooting in a very famous travel destination in central Florida, teeming with "pro" photographers 'making memories' for you. My wife can't tell which are my shots and which are pro...(the above review is based on my genuine opinions as a time served hobbyist/enthusiast and is based on real world use by me as a satisfied end consumer)
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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well worth a look
I like the em1 simply because of the weight and quality. my previous gear was getting too heavy for me, and after reading many reviews I decided on the olympus because it seems to cover everything I want in a camera
My Fantastic New Camera
By Old Stager
Once you have got used to the controls, this camera gives you the ability to fine-tune everything from exposure to focus to white-balance, etc, almost instantly. The electronic viewfinder is excellent, and the moveable screen is good too. The build quality is superb. A professional level tool in a compact body.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Small but powerful
I wanted to reduce the bulk of my DSLR gear, while still being capable of good quality images. I considered the Sony A7/A7R, but decided I don't actually need full frame, since I rarely print any larger than A3, and am not a professional photographer. So I've actually gone the other way, to micro 4/3, based on great reviews in the photo press about this camera, and a previous handling session of the OM-D EM-5. The EM-1 is 'improved' in several aspects over that, but the size is the same - just right for me. Paired with the 12-40 Pro lens, it's small enough to go in the pouch pocket of a Paramo Halcon jacket, and light enough not to cause neck strain. The controls are almost infinitely customisable, and menus are simple to follow. My only grumble would be that the on/off switch is on the 'wrong' side of the camera for me - the left - meaning that you can't operate it one-handed easily. In my limited testing so far, image quality is fine and at 16Mp, more than adequate for my purposes. Main drawback would be the cost - it's not cheap, hence I knock off one star - but as a long-term investment, if you can afford it, go for it. Nothing else really to fault it thus far, and plus - compared to a lumbering DSLR,it's just so cute!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
About Me Professional
This is a great camera which is fully customisable on almost every dial and button. It has superb image quality and an amazingly good image stabilisation.This is going to replace my DSLR setup for weddings and portraits simply because it is so light and compact and I can fit more gear in one camera bag instead of being carried in multiple bags, cases etc.Quite simply mirrorless is the future (sorry DSLR's, you're history!).
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