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  • 10.0 FPS High-Speed Sequential Shooting
  • 12 built-in Art Filters and Photo Story
  • 2x2 Dial Control
  • Easily Customizable
  • In-Camera HDR & HDR Viewfinder
  • Includes MMF-3 adapter and the HLD-7 battery grip
  • Interval shooting with time lapse
  • Live Bulb: Observe and capture extra-long exposure times
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About Olympus OM-D E-M1

OLYMPUS E-M1 BODY ONLY, BLACK

Want a camera body that can do a little bit of everything? Then the OLYMPUS E-M1 BODY ONLY, BLACK may just be your best bet. Not only does it feature state-of-the-art image processing for absolutely gorgeous images on a consistent basis, but it delivers the technical specs where it counts, including:



Product Highlights
  • A gorgeous viewfinder with 2,360k-dot resolution and 1.48x magnification. You’ll be amazed at how good everything looks before you’ve even snapped one shot.
  • No detail left ignored, including a large grip integrated into the construction to avoid droppage and 5-axis stabilization. You’ll feel like this camera comes with its own tripod built in.
  • Image processing that would make Thomas Edison blush, including 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensoring and a TruePic VII image processor.

This Olympus E-M1 camera body is truly a work of art, if a camera can ever be art on the level of the photography it produces. But its technical superiority makes it something else entirely: a work of science.

 



Learn about the OLYMPUS E-M1 BODY ONLY, BLACK

Want a camera can do it all? Well, short of finding a camera that can cook, clean, and do your taxes, this is the next best thing: the OLYMPUS E-M1 BODY ONLY, BLACK camera offers everything from beautiful view finding to state-of-the-art image processing to Wi-Fi® compatibility and even weatherproofing. What else do you need to ensure that you’ll take a great picture no matter where you are? Well, you’ll need a finger to press the button, and since this is a body-only camera, you’ll also need a sophisticated lens. But after that—it’s nothing but smooth sailing and silent autofocus.

Don’t believe Adorama’s bold claims about the OLYMPUS OM D EM1? Then the joke’s on you, because the proof is in the pudding—or in this case, the proof is in the technical specs:



  • Modern image processing. As any camera enthusiast will tell you, this is a category in and of itself, and the Olympus E-M1 does not disappoint. It features a 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor, a TruePic VII image processor, and is capable of producing full HD 1080p video, even when there’s no light quality to speak of. The high-speed performance of all of these features blends into a seamless package that means your images will come out gorgeous time and time again despite even the most amateur photography enthusiast’s efforts to muck it all up.
  • Premier viewfinding. Viewfinding may be the most underrated aspect of photography. But you can’t underrate the viewfinding in the Olympus E-M1, because you’ll notice the quality right way, thanks to an interactive EVF featuring a 2,360k-dot resolution and 1.48x magnification. All you need to do is point at your subject and look at the state-of-the-art viewfinder to see exactly what kind of frame you’re building with your next shot; the viewfinder will be true to form and show you in high-quality real time exactly how your shot is composing.
  • Image-sharing. Admit it: you’re not above a little shameless self-promotion. What honest photographer could be? It’s a social art form, and Wi-Fi® connectivity is essential if you want to make the leap from amateur to professional. With the Olympus E-M1 you’ll find that it’s easy to share your images, especially if you pair it with the Olympus O.I. Share app for iOS and Android. The QR Code Connect feature will give you a seamless method of connecting mobile devices to the camera, as well, so you essentially have a modem at your disposal. Yeah, remember that word?
  • 5-axis image stabilization means you’ll have trouble taking a shot that’s out of whack. If you didn’t know there even were five different forms of axis on which to stabilize, we’ll count that as a point toward the Olympus E-M1’s quality.
  • Compare the Olympus E-M1 to a Canon 70D here at Adorama to get some context as to how exactly this camera body is capable of performing.

There’s a lot you can say about a camera as multi-faceted and sophisticated as the OLYMPUS E-M1 BODY ONLY BLACK—too much to even mention here. But even scratching the surface of this camera’s potential will show you how great a camera body it can make for outdoor, low lighting events, portraits, and more.



From the Manufacturer
The Olympus OMD E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera Body Only is a compact, ergonomically designed camera featuring a 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p video with notable low-light quality and high-speed performance. The combination of these two technologies enables a high sensitivity range from ISO 100-25600 and also contributes to a top 1/8000 sec. shutter speed and continuous shooting up to 10 fps. The sensor also lends itself to an enhanced FAST autofocus system that utilizes dual contrast- and on-chip phase-detection focusing methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus with selectable focus areas for even greater precision.

Also benefitting image sharpness is in-body 5-axis image stabilization that compensates for vertical, horizontal and rolling camera shake. IS-Auto mode can also be employed, which intelligently detect both vertical and horizontal panning and disengages image stabilization along the detected axes to provide stabilization when photographing moving subjects.

Both a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and tilting touchscreen monitor are available for live view monitoring, image playback and menu navigation. The interactive EVF features a 2,360k-dot resolution and 1.48x magnification for comfortable eye-level viewing with the ability to preview image effects in real-time. Alternatively, the 3.0" 1,037k-dot tilting touchscreen LCD monitor can tilt upward 80deg. or downward 50deg. to suit working from high and low angles and its touchscreen design provides an intuitive means for controlling settings and navigating through the menu system. Both of these viewing mechanisms are housed within the ruggedly-designed dust-, splash- and freeze proof magnesium alloy body. A large grip is integrated into the construction to provide a comfortable means for handling the camera and also facilitates more efficient control over a wide range of camera settings. Additionally, the incorporation of an X-sync socket, HDMI port, external microphone jack and hot shoe also add to the E-M1's overall functionality.

For refined off-board control and image sharing, built-in wireless connectivity is available and, when paired with the Olympus O.I. Share app for iOS and Android mobile devices, remote sharing and control over the camera is possible. QR Code Connect provides a simple, seamless way of linking mobile devices to the camera and the option of utilizing a Smartphone to embed location data into the image files for geotagging is also supported.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is commonly used for Family photos, Low light, Macro photography, Sports/action, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Olympus OM-D E-M1: Compact, Easy to use, Fast shutter speed, Good in low light, Great resolution and Large clear LCD

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Features

  • 2x2 Dial Control: Adjust aperture and exposure using the two dials, then flick the lever to adjust ISO and white balance with precisely the same action. All in a fraction of a second
  • Interval shooting with time lapse: Produce incredible time lapse sequences on film where time appears to move faster than reality, thanks to the E-M1's powerful interval shooting and time lapse movie features
  • Art Filters and Photo Story: Enhance your shots with your own creativity: Play around with different effects by adding one of 12 Art Filters, or tell a story with your shots by combining several shots in a single-frame collage composition
  • Expandability: Take your photographic achievements even further with a host of accessories and add-ons - including the new MMF-3 adapter for Four Thirds lens compatibility and the HLD-7 battery grip
  • Optional Underwater Case: Specially customized for the E-M1 and waterproof to 45 meters - this underwater case gives you maximum protection as you take your photography to whole new depths
  • 10.0 FPS High-Speed Sequential Shooting: The E-M1 offers incredibly fast sequential shooting capabilities of up to 10.0 frames per second
  • In-Camera HDR & HDR Viewfinder: The E-M1 has the advanced technology to take HDR images. And you can even preview your HDR images through the E-M1's electronic viewfinder, enabling you see your HDR image prior to taking your shot and make any adjustments before you press the shutter button
  • Live Bulb: Whilst Live Bulb mode lets you observe and capture extra-long exposure times and bring painting and writing with light to your photography as a result, you now have the added benefit of the histogram display to track your exact settings
  • Customizable: The E-M1 is designed to bring you versatility in the form of customization to your personal shooting style too - with customizable buttons that can be assigned with those functions and settings you use most frequently so that you can always access them in a split second

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Specifications

Body material
Magnesium alloy body
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds
Image Sensor
4/3" Live MOS sensor
Effective pixels
16.3 Megapixels
Filter array
Primary color filter (RGB)
Aspect ratio
4:3
Area
17.3 x 13.0mm
Full resolution
16.8 Megapixels
Engine Type
TruePic VII
Dust reduction filter
Supersonic Wave Filter
Viewfinder type
Electronical Viewfinder
Pixel number
2.360K dots
Diopter adjustment
Yes -4.0 - +2.0 diopters /built-in type
Field of view
Approx. 100%
Magnification
Max. 1.48x with a 50mm lens set to infinity at -1 dioptre (depending on selected viewfinder style)
Eye point
21mm at -1 dioptre from eyepiece lens
Displayed information
Aperture value
Shutter speed
AF frame (super impose)
AF confirmation mark
AF lock
Brightness adjustment
+/- 7 levels
Correction of color temperature
+/- 7 levels
Live View
Displayed info: Aperture
Shutter speed
Auto bracket
AE lock
Focus mode
AF typ: Contrast detection autofocus and phase difference detection autofocus 100% field of view: Approx. 100%
Magnification levels: 5 / 7 / 10 / 14x
Image Stabilizer
Type: Sensor shift
Modes: Five-dimensional, vertical or horizontal activation
Effective Compensation Range: Up to 5 EV steps, Up to 4 EV steps (CIPA)
Focusing System: Method
High-speed imager AF (Contrast detection / Phase difference detection)
Focusing System: Focus areas
81 points / All target, Group target (9-areas), Single target (normal), Single target (small)
37 points / Phase-difference detection AF - All target, Group target (9-areas), Single target (normal), Single target (small)
800 points / Manual selection
Focusing System: AF lock
Yes, Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode, AE/AF lock button (customized)
Focusing System: Modes
Manual focus
Single AF
Continuous AF
Single AF + MF
AF Tracking
Focusing System: FaceDetection Extension
Eye Detect AF: Off
Left side priority
Near side priority
Right side priority
Exposure System: Modes
Programme automatic
Aperture priority
Shutter priority
Manual
Bulb
Exposure System: Exposure compensation
+/- 5EV ( 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps )
Exposure System: Exposure bracketing
2 / 3 / 5 frames ( +/- 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps )
7 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV steps )
Exposure System: ISO bracketing
3 frames ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
Exposure System: My Mode
4 settings storable
Exposure System: Enhancement function
Shadow Adjustment Technology
Scene Modes
Modes:
Portrait
e-Portrait
Landscape
Landscape with Portrait
Macro
No of screen modes: 24
Art Filter
Modes: Pop Art
Soft Focus
Pale & Light Color
Light Tone
Grainy Film
Variation / Effect: Yes
Photo Story: Modes
Fun Frame
Standard
Sensitivity
Auto: ISO LOW - 25600 (customizable, default ISO LOW - 1600)
Manual: ISO LOW - 25600 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps
Shutter
Shutter type: Computerized focal-plane
shutterSelf timer: 2s / 12s
Shutter Speeds
Range: 1/8000 - 60s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)
Bulb mode: Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)
White Balance: AUTO WB system
Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
White Balance: Manual (OneTouch)
Yes
White Balance: White balance bracketing
3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6mired steps
White Balance: One-touch white balance
2 custom settings can be registered
White Balance: Custom WB
1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
White Balance: Preset values
Tungsten
Fluorescent 1
Sunlight
Flash
Overcast
White Balance: Auto Flash adjustment
Off / Auto WB / Flash
Sequence Shooting: Speed (H)
Approx. 10fps
Sequence Shooting: Speed (L
6.5fps (IS off), 3.5fps (IS on)
Sequence Shooting: Max. number of frames
50 frames (RAW)
Up to card capacity (JPG /Large Normal mode)
Sequence Shooting: Conditions
Memory card: Toshiba SDXC UHS-I card R95 W80 model Premiugate series Class 10 8GB
Image Processing: Color space
sRGB / AdobeRGB
Image Processing: Sharpness + Contrast
5 levels /Contrast: 5 levels/Saturation: 5 levels
Image Processing: Black & White filter
Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
Image Processing: Black & White toning
Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green in Black & White mode
Image Processing: Picture mode
i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Art Filter
Image Processing: Gradation
4levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)
Image Processing: Engine
TruePic VII
Image Processing: Art Filter bracketing
Yes
Image Processing: Tele converter effect
2x
Internal Flash
Modes:
AUTO
Manual
Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
Red-eye reduction
Slow synchronization with
red-eye reduction
Type: Detachable flash (bundled)
Flash compensation: +/- 3 EV ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
Guide number: 10 (ISO 200) <
External Flash Control
X-sync speed: 1/250s / 1/4000s (Super FP Mode)
Type: TTL AUTO, AUTO, MANUAL, FP TTL AUTO, FP MANUAL
Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization, 2nd curtain and slow, synchronization & Fill-in for exclusive flash
Intensity: +/- 3 EV ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)
Wireless Flash Control
Number of channels: 4 channels
Compatible external flash: FL-36R, FL-50R, FL-300R, FL-600R
Control method: Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Group setting: 4 groups
Available when used together with cameras compatible with the O
Monitor
Monitor type: Tiltable LCD - Touch Panel
Monitor size: 7.6cm / 3.0" (3:2)
Resolution: 1037000 dots
Brightness adjustment: +/- 7 levels
Color balance: +/- 3 levels Vivid (default) /Natural
Level Gauge
Detection: 2-axis
Display: Rear display and viewfinder
Super Control Panel: Displayed info
Battery indicator
Record mode
Shutter speed
Aperture value
Exposure compensation indicator
Recording Formats
RAW: 12bit
RAW & JPEG: Yes parallel recording
JPEG: Yes
Aspect ratio: 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4
MPO (3D): Yes
Image Size: RAW
4608 x 3456 compressed /17MB / frame
4608 x 3456 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 7.5MB /frame
4608 x 3456 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 3.5MB /frame
2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) 1.1MB / frame
1024 x 768 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.4MB /fr
Still Image Recording
EXIF: 2.2
PIM: III
DPOF: Yes
DCF: Yes
Recording format
MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI(Motion JPEG)
Image Stabilization Mode
Yes Sensor shift
HD Movie quality
Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30p, 24Mbps (MOV)
Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30p, 16Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 30p, 12Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 30p, 8Mbps (MOV)
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEG)
Movie quality
640 x 480 / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEG)
29min (17Mbps)
14min (SD) / 7min (HD) (AVI Motion JPEG)
Max. file size
4GB (AVCHD)
2GB (Motion-JPEG)
Exposure Modes
Aperture priority
Art Filter
Manual
Programme automatic
Shutter priority
Movie effects
Multi shot echo
One shot echo
Sound Recording System
Internal microphone: Stereo
Recording format: Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz, Wave Format Base
External microphone: Optional
Image footage: 30s
Speaker: Yes
Microphone functions: Wind Noise Reduction /Recording Volume
Modes
Index
Calendar
Zoom
Slide show
Movie
Shooting information
Off / On
Erase modes
Single, All, Selected
Image protect mode
Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Image Editing
RAW data edit: Yes
Red-eye reduction: Yes
Sepia: Yes
Black & White: Yes
Resize: Yes
Correction of saturation: Yes
Shadow Adjustment: Yes
Trimming: Yes
e-Portrait: Yes
Menu languages in camera
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian
Customization Options
Fn Button: Yes
My Mode: 4 settings storable
Factory reset: Full / Standard
Programmable button: Yes
Media
SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible) Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
HDMI
Yes Micro connector (Type D)
USB 2.0 High Speed
Yes
Combined V & USB output
Yes NTSC or PAL selectable
Microphone jack
3.5 ° mm mini-jack
Connection
Accessory Port 2
Wireless connectivity
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
Wireless Shooting
Live View
Power off
Rec View
Self timer
Touch AF & Shutter
Weatherproof/Dustproof
Yes
Freezeproof
Freezeproof down to -10deg.C
Battery
Lithium-Ion Battery
Sleep mode
1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable
Live View shooting
Approx. 330images (50% with Live View)
Operating temperature
-10 - 40deg.C
Storage temperature
-20 - 60deg.C
Humidity
30 - 90% operation humidity / 10 - 90% storage humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
130.4 x 93.5 x 63.1mm / 5.13 x 3.68 x 2.48'
Weight
497g / 17.53 oz (including battery and memory card)
443g / 15.62 oz (Body only)
Mfr #
V207010BU000
SKU
IOMEM1B

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4.7

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Great Balance of Size and Performance

I have a Canon 5D MkIII and an assortment of L lenses but found myself often not wanting to lug them around for "fun" shooting. I was never happy with a small camera until the OM-D E-M5, which was the first that could produce images I was truly happy with. I jumped on the E-M1 and 12-40mm lens as soon as I could get my hands on them, and I'm not disappointed. Even though slightly larger than the E-M5, it's still half the weight of my Canon. For 8x10 images, or even a bit larger, I think y

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I have a Canon 5D MkIII and an assortment of L lenses but found myself often not wanting to lug them around for "fun" shooting. I was never happy with a small camera until the OM-D E-M5, which was the first that could produce images I was truly happy with. I jumped on the E-M1 and 12-40mm lens as soon as I could get my hands on them, and I'm not disappointed. Even though slightly larger than the E-M5, it's still half the weight of my Canon. For 8x10 images, or even a bit larger, I think you would have a hard time finding a difference in quality. Yes, there's some difference at the 100% pixel level, but the trade-off is well worth it for 70% of what I shoot. You will love the bright high resolution viewfinder, and the image stabilization is absolutely awesome. I can consistently get very sharp images at 1/10th to 1/15th, which I can never do with the Canon. High ISO shooting still doesn't rival a high-end DSLR, but I'm finding it good up to about ISO 1600 (very picky about noise). Battery life is about equal to the E-M5. Last weekend I took a battery from fully charged to fully dead and was lucky enough to have noted the image count (about 425). By the way, I also filled an SD card the same day and can tell you a 16GB card held about 475 images shooting RAW+JPG. Get this and the 12-40 lens, and you'll be a happy camper.

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HELP!

I use my cameras for taking all kinds of photos for exhibitions competitions and occasionally sell a few. It's a comfortable weight and size and the grip is good. I bought the MMF-3 Adapter with it and have also been using my 4/3 lenses like the 70-300 and the 12-60 (for some test shots), which is very nice. The exposure and sharpness is good, but haven't really given the camera a workout because I still don't know how to adjust it. I don't know anyone else who owns Olympus high-end camera...

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I use my cameras for taking all kinds of photos for exhibitions competitions and occasionally sell a few. It's a comfortable weight and size and the grip is good. I bought the MMF-3 Adapter with it and have also been using my 4/3 lenses like the 70-300 and the 12-60 (for some test shots), which is very nice. The exposure and sharpness is good, but haven't really given the camera a workout because I still don't know how to adjust it. I don't know anyone else who owns Olympus high-end cameras so I have to go it alone. Since I own the Olympus OMD-5, it should have been a bit easier to figure this one out, but so far the camera is winning. I've been downloading set-up info, but will have to call Olympus today. If they can't help me, I'll have to return it.

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5.0

WOW

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I was a little nervous about the switch from DSLR to a mirrorless Camera, but now I am a true believer. Love not hauling around all the weight. Great images. Takes some time to learn all of the buttons and dials, but once you do it is a dream to use.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A bit over-priced but I like it

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I've used Oly equipment since 1977, starting with a Trip 35 & ending up with two OM-4Ti's. Then, went Digital with an E-1 & later an E-3. In 2010, being concerned about the future of Oly, I studied my options and went full-frame Nikon with a D700, slowly adding lenses then, in 2012, a D800. Great stuff but big, heavy & bulky equipment. I still had all of my Zuiko 4/3 lenses & when the E-M1 came out, decided to pay the premium price for one and bought it. Overall, I am very happy and it has become my carry-everywhere camera. The fantastic attributes are: very compact, high quality, lightweight, weather-sealed and generally very good image quality. Usually, if I go on a trip with my D800, I carry my E-M1 too. In fact, I have been so happy with it that I spent a small fortune over the 10 months I have owned it to rebuy my older Zuiko digital lenses in the new MFT lens range. The new lenses are also super-compact and light weight. I bought a small LowePro sling bag and can fit all I need in it. I also bought a MetaBones adapter and can use any of my Nikkor lenses on it too. The biggest disadvantage is the price but, Oly doesn't have the sales volume of the big two, so that is expected. The E-M1 also has excellent in-body stabilization. I have found the EFV to be a problem shooting action shots of moving targets at +/- 10 fps. It blanks out and you see nothing in the viewfinder so you loose sight of the subject. It has some other quirky items but, when Oly comes out with their new super-wide Pro lens, I plan to buy it too. So, if you want a super-compact, high quality, weather-sealed, mag-alloy body camera, this may be the one...

 
5.0

Yes I note a great diffrence from E620

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This was a great improvement in low light photos and sharp & fast focus using Olympus 2.8 50-200mm MK1 and the Tele-converter EC-20.

 
5.0

Use 4/3 lenses on a micro 4/3 camera

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The OMD E-M1 achieves good performance with 4/3 lenses on a micro 4/3 camera. The superb Olympus 4/3 lenses were left behind with the immprovements made with the micro 4/3 OM-D E-M5. This new camera achieves good autofocus with the 4/3 lenses making them useful on a micro 4/3 camera.

 
5.0

Great CAMERA

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Looking forward too many years of great photographs with this camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Home Run

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This camera finally cashes in on the promise of the four-thirds format - a pro level camera with Olympus smarts and a very small form factor. The electronic viewfinder is quite good, and the handling is superb and responsive. Autofocus is quick, and the focus peaking makes many legacy manual focus lenses quite usable. The only downsides are that the electronic viewfinder drinks batteries, which are expensive, and that extreme low light performance, while adequate for most purposes, does not match up to larger sensor cameras.

 
5.0

OMD-EM1

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The E-M1 is the second model in Olympus's OM-D series. It has a more sophisticated autofocus system (faster), built in wifi and very well design. It feels nicely with the new Oly 12-40mm f2.8 lens. Highly recommended.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

HELP!

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I use my cameras for taking all kinds of photos for exhibitions competitions and occasionally sell a few. It's a comfortable weight and size and the grip is good. I bought the MMF-3 Adapter with it and have also been using my 4/3 lenses like the 70-300 and the 12-60 (for some test shots), which is very nice. The exposure and sharpness is good, but haven't really given the camera a workout because I still don't know how to adjust it. I don't know anyone else who owns Olympus high-end cameras so I have to go it alone. Since I own the Olympus OMD-5, it should have been a bit easier to figure this one out, but so far the camera is winning. I've been downloading set-up info, but will have to call Olympus today. If they can't help me, I'll have to return it.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Balance of Size and Performance

By

I have a Canon 5D MkIII and an assortment of L lenses but found myself often not wanting to lug them around for "fun" shooting. I was never happy with a small camera until the OM-D E-M5, which was the first that could produce images I was truly happy with. I jumped on the E-M1 and 12-40mm lens as soon as I could get my hands on them, and I'm not disappointed. Even though slightly larger than the E-M5, it's still half the weight of my Canon. For 8x10 images, or even a bit larger, I think you would have a hard time finding a difference in quality. Yes, there's some difference at the 100% pixel level, but the trade-off is well worth it for 70% of what I shoot. You will love the bright high resolution viewfinder, and the image stabilization is absolutely awesome. I can consistently get very sharp images at 1/10th to 1/15th, which I can never do with the Canon. High ISO shooting still doesn't rival a high-end DSLR, but I'm finding it good up to about ISO 1600 (very picky about noise). Battery life is about equal to the E-M5. Last weekend I took a battery from fully charged to fully dead and was lucky enough to have noted the image count (about 425). By the way, I also filled an SD card the same day and can tell you a 16GB card held about 475 images shooting RAW+JPG. Get this and the 12-40 lens, and you'll be a happy camper.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just a few weeks

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Travel - light with either the 17mm f1.8 or the 14-150mm lens. But although the camera itself is said to be water-proof (water-resistant), it takes a very expensive lens to keep it that way. Neither the Olympus 17mm f1.8, nor the 14-150mm lens are themselves water-resistant - or so I have read. Haven't really subjected it to the water test, nor do I intend to do so.

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Shopper  is it good for low light photography?
DOUGLAS S  It depends, you wouldn't want to use it for pro use in low light. But, if you use it with a f1.8 or better prime lens indoors for family snapshots it works well without a flash. There is no zoom lens bright enough to be usable indoors without significant noise in the photos. Still, even with a f1.8 or better prime you cannot use it to take photos of indoor sports, gymnastics, or dance. The movement is too fast and the pictures are unusable. The f1.8 is just enough to satisfactorily expose still objects/people. I find the best use for the camera in low light is the video mode paired with f1.8 or better prime lenses. With the IBIS, the video footage in low light gives better than expected results. Better than my GH4 and 5DM3 can do hand held in low light - entirely because of the fantastic IBIS. Hope that helps. Overall, I find I reach for the EM1 more than the GH4 or 5DM3. I only grab the 5DM3 if I'm in a max bokeh mood or if I'm sure I'm not going to use video when indoors.
NILS E  I frequently shoot indoor action (dancers, musicians, etc.) in dim light with acceptable results. Manual settings generally at ISO 3200, f2, 1/250. There are a few lenses faster than f1 but I have not used them.
Shopper  is it good for low light photography?
DOUGLAS S  It depends, you wouldn't want to use it for pro use in low light. But, if you use it with a f1.8 or better prime lens indoors for family snapshots it works well without a flash. There is no zoom lens bright enough to be usable indoors without significant noise in the photos. Still, even with a f1.8 or better prime you cannot use it to take photos of indoor sports, gymnastics, or dance. The movement is too fast and the pictures are unusable. The f1.8 is just enough to satisfactorily expose still objects/people. I find the best use for the camera in low light is the video mode paired with f1.8 or better prime lenses. With the IBIS, the video footage in low light gives better than expected results. Better than my GH4 and 5DM3 can do hand held in low light - entirely because of the fantastic IBIS. Hope that helps. Overall, I find I reach for the EM1 more than the GH4 or 5DM3. I only grab the 5DM3 if I'm in a max bokeh mood or if I'm sure I'm not going to use video when indoors.
NILS E  I frequently shoot indoor action (dancers, musicians, etc.) in dim light with acceptable results. Manual settings generally at ISO 3200, f2, 1/250. There are a few lenses faster than f1 but I have not used them.
Carolyn R  How does this camera do with sports shooting? Fast movement, continuous shooting in RAW?
ARTHUR E  My experience with sports and the em1 is limited to grandkids - an indoor basketball game worked out reasonably well (no flash allowed - so high ASA and some blurring using the 14-150 mm f4-5.6 lens. I was in the stands). Fast action, such as birds flying overhead or to side, no problem, using same lens. Blue-footed booby looked real good. Just have to have quick reflexes - camera works fine. Continuous shooting in raw - don't know. I always shoot raw, but rarely use continuous shooting. From my exceedingly limited experience, it works. I should also note that if you intend to photograph a lot of real sports (pro sports), the em1 is probably not the camera you want. That's, I think, where the huge expensive heavy nikon and canon shine, with their huge and expensive lenses - heavy heavy lenses. Personally, I would prefer not to walk around with those cameras-lenses on a hot day. Or any other day, come to think of it. But if you are paid to photograph pro sports, those become essential. The em1 with any lens, and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM pro lens, are obviously not in the same ball park. Good luck. art j.
Carolyn R  Thanks so much Arthur, that was very helpful. I'm not looking for pro sports, just to do an adequate job as a hobbyist. Thanks again.
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