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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 12-40mm PRO 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
12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens - wide-angle, travel lens
The 12-40mm f2.8 PRO 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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Great camera - fatal flaw - does work below zero!
from London & Norfolk
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Comments about Olympus OM-D E-M1 Digital Camera with 12-40mm PRO:
Let me say at the start this is a superb camera with excellent lenses. I have used it for 10 months with 7-14, 12-40 and 40-150mm f2.8 zooms and taken over 10,000 images on assignments in UK and Europe.So good has it been that I have often left my 5D MkIIIs and L lenses at home!BUT, this week I took it to China on assignment and found the shutter jammed below about minus 3 degrees. Now I know that the manufacturer says works from 0-40 degrees but so do Canon, Nikon and Sony. On this trip users of these cameras have had no problems down to minus 15 degrees and I have made over 30 previous visits with Canon's (EOS1N, 1Ds & 5D MkIII) and all function faultlessly down to minus 35 degrees.Thus this is not a pro camera. Olympus are aiming at sports and wildlife with the new 300mm f4 lens BUT there is no point if the body doesn't work on a ski slope, or a freezing Old Trafford or chasing polar bears in Svaalbad.Lets hope Olympus put a more robust shutter in the MkII otherwise professional photographers who work in cold weather will not get the opportunity to use the superb lenses and the bonus of much lighter kit.For now I'm going to have to go back to my 10-15kg of camera bag for cold weather assignments.On the bright side, the camera started working again once it warmed up and I got some images as long as I kept it buried below my down jacket and fleece and only let it out 30 seconds at a time - this goes against all the rules of cold weather photography where once out of the bag, a camera stays out all day to avoid condensation.Come on Olympus - give us a robust pro body to go with your superb lenses?
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Olympus OM-D-EM1 & 12-60 F2.8 PRO LENS
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Decided to lighten my equipment, previously I used Olympus E3 with a selection of lenses. After contacting WEX I was given a great part exchange price against a New OMD EM1 with the 12-40 pro lens.I drove down from Scotland overnight and was met by professional staff for my appointment. I was given a complete tour of the shop. and I quickly decided on the camera I wanted.The Staff could not have been any more Helpful. Well Done WEX.
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
The 'Game' changer.
I've owned many DSLRs in the past such as a D800, D3 and many pro Nikon lenses...I tried many of the so-called bridge cameras that were smaller in size and supposedly gave you what the huge and heavy DSLRs give, none of them really did.....The OMD EM1 however does, and a lot more too.Features such as 'touch screen' which I used to consider a gimmick on this camera are simply amazing, I no longer use the view finder, the speed at which you can focus on and capture (accurately) multiple pictures using the touch screen cannot be rivalled by and DSLR...even the inbuilt filters are amazing, the Black and White is simply stunning, especially as you have instant access to the curve control button to really punch the contrast of those Black and Whites pictures.Picture quality is superb, especially with the Pro lenses, just as good as any DSLR within this pixel count I've owned. I was also a RAW purist...now I'm not, it no longer has any use to me as I can now see exactly what the picture looks like before I shoot it, hours saved in Photoshop and stacks of memory saved on the hard drive. For those people who may criticise the Micro sensors for the lack of depth of field, quite simply have never really bothered to actually use this camera. I have uploaded some pictures to show it's D.O.F.Build quality is excellent, with ergonomics a key feature in design...something Canon could seriously learn a thing or two from.I could talk about this camera all day, it's simply amazing and it has changed the way I approach my photography, no more back aches or eye strain either.I'm also totally convinced that the predecessors of this model will be the death of the DSLR. I have sold all of my DSLRs and have no future interest in pursuing them.
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12-40mm pro lens plus ND filter
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The best camera I've ever owned.
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Migrated From Dslr
Amazing versatile camera, absolutely packed with nearly all the features you could possibly want.As good as if not better than the Nikon D90 kit it replaced.
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
I moved from Canon 5D Mk2 and do not regret it. This is a great camera and lens combo, it really doesn't get much better than this in my opinion. Great not to have to lug all that heavy kit around, this is really light in comparison. Only downside as far as can see is that low light images not as good (fairly noisy at high iso), but I'll put up with that.
(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Good pictures , poor build quality
Purchased a year ago and on my second body , which has to go back again . Rear dial not working , Drive button fallen off , flash cover fallen off . It feels nice and takes lovely pictures ,but is nowhere near the build quality of my E3 or E1 and let down by Olympus customer care .
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
A steep learning curve - the camera offers so much and in a manner unlike any other camera I have owned. Not worse, just different. Well worth the effort - it is capable of some amazing shots straight out of the camera; Jpegs well processed in camera. The available filters and effects are amazing.The level of control that is available with your eye to the viewfinder is very impressive, though I wish one or two of the buttons were slightly larger.The optional battery grip is well worth while.
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The in body stabilisation is fantastic
its a lovely camera and feel very well made
I would buy this camera and lens again
For most aspects of photography but especially for nature,macro and landscapeSmaller than reflex typeHigh battery consumption . Next to useless instruction manual
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Great DSLR Alternative
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)
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Included Accessories: FL-LM2, LC-62D Lens Cap, LH-66 Lens Hood, BLN-1 Battery, BCN-1 Battery Charger, BC-2 Body cap, Ep-12 Eye Cup, Shoulder strap, CB-USB6 USB Cable, Olympus Viewer Software, Operating Instructions, Warranty Card
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