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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)

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Product Highlights
  • 16.3MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VII Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • FAST Dual Phase- & Contrast-Detection AF
  • Interactive 2,360k-Dot EVF
  • 3.0" 1,037k-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • 5-Axis Image Stabilization with IS Auto
  • Built-In Wireless Connectivity
  • 10 fps and 1/8000 sec. Top Shutter Speed
  • Dust/Splash/Freezeproof Mag. Alloy Body

The black Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera 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 80° or downward 50° 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 freezeproof 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 locational data into the image files for geotagging is also supported.

16.3MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VII Image Processor
The 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor work in concert to enable high resolution still imagery, full HD video recording, and notable low-light quality sensitivity to ISO 25600. The combination of these two technologies also helps to promote high-speed performance throughout the camera system, including a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. with a mechanical shutter, a continuous shooting rate up to 10 fps with Tracking AF, and continuous 6 fps shooting with continuous autofocus.

Additionally, full HD 1080p movie recording is supported at 30 fps with stereo sound in either the MOV or AVI format. A Direct HD Movie Button is available for instant access to movie recording and a range of Art Filters and effects can be applied while recording for more creative control. An external microphone jack is also available to enhance the quality of sound during recordings.
FAST Dual Phase- and Contrast-Detection AF
The sensor also affords dual-mode auto focusing that utilizes both contrast- and on-sensor phase-detection methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus. The contrast-detection system employs 81 areas while the phase-detection method uses 37 areas and, when combined, make the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) focusing system that is able to reap the benefits from both technologies to produce all-around focusing that is equally fast as it is precise. Four different AF area sizes can be used, too, with the smallest, Super Spot AF, enabling pin-point precision that is well-suited to macro and close-up imagery. Selectable 3 x 3 groups within the 81 areas in contrast-detection can also be paired according to the subject type being photographed and a 0.044 second focus lag time ensures quick focusing for moving subjects.
5-Axis Image Stabilization
In-body image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake with any lens in use and compensates for camera movements up to the equivalent of five shutter speed steps. Furthermore, this unique image stabilization system works across five axes, versus the conventional two axes, and compensates for vertical angle rotation, horizontal angle rotation, horizontal shift, vertical shift, and rolling camera shake movements. This range of detected movements serves to benefit traditional still image shooting as well as movie recording and working with moving subjects more effectively. Furthering the effectiveness of the 5-Axis IS, IS-Auto mode is available to detect both vertical and horizontal panning to automatically deactivate image stabilization along the detected panning axis to enable greater stability when tracking moving subjects.
Interactive EVF and 3.0" Tilting Touchscreen
For eye-level viewing, a bright 2,360k-dot electronic viewfinder is integrated into the design and features a smart eye detect function, 29ms image display lag time, and 1.48x magnification. This finder enables realistic, high resolution viewing in a comfortable position that is especially beneficial when working in bright conditions. The viewfinder also allows for real-time visualization of different camera settings, including aspect ratio, highlight and shadow, and magnification. The adaptive brightness settings also enable easier viewing in different lighting conditions, with the brightness being set according to surrounding conditions to better simulate the use of an optical viewfinder.

In addition to the viewfinder, a large 3.0" 1,037k-dot tilting touchscreen LCD monitor is also available for live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation. The monitor's design can tilt 80° upward and 50° downward, making it well-suited to use from both high and low angles. The intuitive touchscreen control offers a range of additional functionality, too, including the ability to touch to release the shutter, select the focusing point, magnify the image, apply filter effects, and navigate through images and settings.
Body Design
Constructed from magnesium alloy, the E-M1 features a dust-, splash-, and freezeproof design that enables full-functionality in adverse conditions. The rugged metal body is also designed to be as lightweight and ergonomic as possible to support comfortable use for long shooting durations.

The body is also designed to provide the most intuitive and efficient control over crucial camera settings. Eight customizable 'direct buttons' are available and can control a range of settings simply by pressing the designated button and rotating the main or sub dials. A locking mode dial is also incorporated into the large ergonomic grip and 2 x 2 dial control provides enhanced manipulation over exposure settings through the use of two dials and a function lever. Also integrated into the body's design is an X-sync socket for direct linking of external strobes; an HDMI output for connection to an HDTV for high-quality photo and movie playback; and USB and component video connections are available, too. A proprietary accessory port and hot shoe are available as well for connecting external flashes, the Olympus PENPAL, and MAL-1 Macro Light.
Built-In Wireless Connectivity
By using the O.I. Share app, wireless control of the E-M1 is possible through using linked iOS and Android mobile devices. The mobile device can be used to preview compositions, choose a specific AF point, and release the shutter via the intuitive app interface. The self-timer can also be set and access privileges can be given for others to download select images directly from the camera. Linking of mobile devices to the camera is possible through an intuitive QR Code Connect system, which displays a unique QR code on the camera's monitor which can then be recognized by a mobile device for instant linking. Additionally, smartphones can be used to embed GPS information into image files' metadata for geotagging applications, which can then be plotted to interactive maps through Olympus Viewer 3 or other applications supporting GPS log data.
In-Camera Image Control
  • The Color Creator feature allows for adjusting hue and chroma directly in the EVF with results visible in real-time. This, coupled with an intuitive GUI, permits more finite and exacting control over the color balance of an image.
  • HDR Preview emulates the finalized look of an HDR image in the viewfinder prior to the camera processing the images together, allowing greater control and selectivity over how extended dynamic range images are taken. HDR photos are possible with up to a 12 EV-wide range of bracketed shots.
  • 12 Art Filters are available for creatively enhancing imagery and movies and can be further adjusted by using filter variation, art effects, and Art Filter Bracketing: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, and Water Color.
  • Photo Story allows recording of a scene from multiple viewpoints, which are then composited into a single image using a range of pre-defined formats.
  • Live Bulb mode allows you to view the progression of exposure during a bulb exposure in real-time and a live view histogram shows how the exposure is built-up across all points of the image.
  • Live Control is an advanced control panel system that displays the image and camera controls all at once; giving a broader range of controls when working in either manual or automated shooting modes.
  • MF (Magnified Focus) Assist and Magnification Display provide up to 10x enlargement of a scene to benefit gaining critical focus when working in either manual or autofocus modes.
  • Both JPEG and RAW file types can be edited in-camera in order to quickly crop an image, remove red-eye, and convert an image to black and white amongst other editing options.
  • iAUTO is an intelligent automated shooting mode that allows the camera to select from 42 pre-determined modes based on the detected scene type in order to optimize camera settings. iAUTO is also effective when working with moving subject matter and can adjust basic exposure settings in order to minimize subject blur.
  • Multiple Exposure shooting allows for the stacking of sequential exposures within the same frame for creative results.
  • Other Camera Features
  • Focus Peaking benefits working with manual focus by highlighting edges of contrast in either black or white to provide a more objective means for determining critical focus.
  • Fine Detail II technology automatically corrects for chromatic aberration based on the specific lens in use. Natural-appearing high-resolution quality is attained by applying intelligent sharpening techniques based on the lens' focal length and aperture value being used.
  • The Dust Reduction System, in combination with the Supersonic Wave Filter (SWF) self-cleaning ultrasonic sensor unit, works to eliminate dust particles on the sensor surface by silently vibrating 30,000 times per second to dislodge any stray particles from affecting image quality. The entire sealed unit is integrated into the stabilizer and sensor assembly.
  • Interval shooting permits sequential recording of 1-999 shots, with 1 second to 24 hour intervals, to easily shoot a series of consecutive photos. Furthermore, the series of images can be converted to a time-lapse movie for more simplified playback.
  • An AF illuminator aids in precise focusing under low-light conditions.
  • A slideshow with sound can be created in-camera using a range of effects, including fade-in/out techniques, control over the movie and still image mix and speed, and the option of adding a soundtrack.
  • A 4x digital teleconverter can be used when recording movies to extend the effective reach of any lens with intuitive zooming control on the touchscreen LCD.
  • Face Detect, Face Priority, and Eye Detection allow you to select different priorities for basing focus and exposure on. Up to eight separate faces can be detected and Eye Detection allows you to select either the right or left eye to prioritize.
  • A built-in level gauge aids in creating perfectly level compositions based on the horizon and architectural elements within the scene.
  • Shadow Adjustment Technology corrects for extreme contrast between shadows and highlights within an image either during the exposure or through in-camera image editing.
  • Four different aspect ratios can be used for both still images and movie recording: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1.
  • Language support: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, and Thai.
  • Imaging
    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 16.8 Megapixel
    Effective: 16.3 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 15.9MP: 4608 x 3456
    Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
    Movies: AVI, MJPEG, MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo), WAV
    Bit Depth 12-bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Resolution 1920 x 1080: 30 fps
    1280 x 720: 30 fps
    640 x 480: 30 fps
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
    Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Still Images & Video, Stereo
    Optional External Mic: With Still Images & Video
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual
    Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 81
    Phase Detection: 37
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,360,000
    Viewfinder Eye Point 21.00 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.48x
    Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +2 m
    Display Screen 3" Wide Touchscreen Tilting  LCD (1,037,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 60 - 1/8000 second
    Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 - 1 seconds in Bulb Mode
    Remote Control RM-UC1 (Optional)
    Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Art Filter, Bulb, Manual, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Time, Underwater, iAUTO
    Metering Range: EV -2.0 - EV 20.0
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Sunlight, Underwater
    Burst Rate Up to 10 fps
    Up to 6.5 fps
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    Fill-in
    Manual
    Off
    Red-eye Reduction
    Second-curtain Sync
    Slow Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
    TTL Auto
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 320 seconds
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL Groups: 4 Channels: 4
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal, Proprietary, Wireless
    Performance
    Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps
    Self Timer 12 seconds, 2 seconds
    Custom: 1-30 seconds at 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 second intervals
    Number of Shots: 1-10
    Interval Recording Yes
    Internal Memory None
    Connectivity USB 2.0
    HDMI D (Micro) (out)
    1/8" Microphone (in)
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Power
    Battery 1x BLN-1  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.6 VDC, 1220 mAh
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
    Humidity: 30 - 90%
    Physical
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 3.7 x 2.5" / 130.4 x 93.5 x 63.1 mm CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions
    Weight 1.09 lb / 497 g CIPA guideline compliant, with battery and memory card
    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)
  • BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • BCN-1 Battery Charger for BLN-1
  • FL-LM2 Flash for E-M5 Digital Camera
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Olympus Viewer 3 CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    OlympusOM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)
     
    4.7

    (based on 141 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (106)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (103)
    • Large clear LCD (95)
    • Great resolution (85)
    • Fast shutter speed (79)
    • Easy to use (68)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (37)
    • Complicated controls (23)
    • Lag / shutter delay (3)
    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (108)
    • Family photos (73)
    • Low light (58)
    • Macro photography (56)
    • Wildlife (47)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (66), Semi-pro photographer (34), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (124)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The light choice

    During almost 20 years of retirement I've been a dedicated Canon user (20D, 40D, 5DMk3), and I have, without complaint, toted a heavy equipment load during world travels and nature treks....Read complete review

    During almost 20 years of retirement I've been a dedicated Canon user (20D, 40D, 5DMk3), and I have, without complaint, toted a heavy equipment load during world travels and nature treks. Recently on a forest path as I held focus with a massive telephoto lens on a pair of pileated woodpeckers, my arms just gave out. Age had caught up with me. I began looking for the very lightest, yet heaviest-duty camera I could find. I settled on the Olympus OMD E-M1.
    Pros:
    1. It's really light, almost negligible in the hand. The heaviest thing in my pack is the M Zuiko 12-40 pro lens.
    2. On the body are 7 buttons to directly access functions. With a button press and a dial twist, I can adjust preview, white balance, sequential shooting, self-timer, HDR, exposure, focus, and on and on. I find one of the most useful to be the highlight/shadow control button.
    3. Because the system is mirrorless, live view is permanently live, and a zoom feature permits zooming way in on an image for precise focusing.
    4. Image stabilization is rock solid, the best I've ever seen.
    5. There are many options for tweaking results and function; I count over 100 menu choices.
    6. Image quality is on the whole very fine. Color and clarity are probably as good as a 1/2 sized CMOS can currently get. I find noise needs the most careful attention: "High" NR is necessary at ISO 800. At 1600 and above NR will need serious software massaging.
    7. The accompanying software, Olympus Viewer 3, is excellent. I am content to use it until Lightroom accepts the E-M1 raw image.
    Cons
    1. The battery seems to want to run out. I have shut down everything permitted and take only fleeting glances at my completed shots to insure composition, exposure and focus, but I've yet to complete a day's outing without a battery winning its race to dead.
    2. It's small. There's no room for my thumb among all the buttons and dials. I've had to disable direct access for the function 1 button and the arrow pad. An accessory battery pack would preclude my L plate attachment.
    3. See number 5 above. I expect my learning curve to flatten long before all the options become relevant.
    The flower shot was done with the Zuiko 60 mm macro lens focused at 1:1, f11, 2.5 sec, ISO 100. The rivershot was done with the 12-40 pro lens, 12 mm 1/60 sec, ISO 100. On the whole, I'm very glad to have the new light weight system.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A killer flaw in the EVF

    I could say so many good things about this camera: AF, IBIS, handling, construction, resolution,.... But would be a waste of time. Because the camera has a huge flaw...Read complete review

    I could say so many good things about this camera: AF, IBIS, handling, construction, resolution,.... But would be a waste of time. Because the camera has a huge flaw on its EVF (viewfinder): you can easily damage it. Very easily. Several users, including myself, got strange, permanent green spots in the EVF. It *seems* this is caused by the sun being amplified by the EVF loupe and burning the EVF screen. The problem is that this can happen in an instant, even while your camera is off and hanging off your shoulder. The worst part: despite a very well known and documented flaw, Olympus has remained completely silent about this huge issue, so users are not even sure about how to prevent it. Some users are even trying to protect their EVFs by strange means: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53896750So, unless you only use the rear LCD screen, or only shoot indoors, I would think twice before buying this camera. There are other great m43rds options available. If interested, please see the images attached of my burned EVF and search in dpreview.com m43rds forum to know more about the issue.

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    5.0

    Spectacular

    By azjsb

    from Scottsdale, AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

      One word sums it up for this camera - spectacular.

      Love the weight and size - and with the PRO lens, the IQ is wornderful.

      Accepting that the camera will not do as well in low light as some of the full sensor higher end Nikon or Canon, the trade-off for size and weight is well worth it. My back and feet are already thanking me.

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      5.0

      A great camera

      By Photophil

      from Cumming, GA

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Menu Can Be Confusing

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Silver, Body Only):

      Having owned an Olympus E-PL5 for about two years, I recently purchased the E-M1. It is a huge step up. While the E-PL5's image quality is very good, the E-M1's is even better. But what I really like about the E-M1 is the build quality. It has a robust, solid, quality feel to it. Large, deeply knurled control wheels fall directly under the thumb and index finger. And there are customizable buttons all over. The E-M1 is the fastest camera I've ever owned. The combination of phase and contrast focus detection is fast and spot-on. The built-in EVF is so good that I forget I'm not using an optical finder. And it is possible to change just about any setting without removing one's eye from the EVF.I recommend the purchase of the 12-40 f2.8 Pro lens with this camera. It is very sharp wide open, and is every bit as good - maybe better - than my Canon L lenses. It is not inexpensive, but it is worth it. For my purposes, I can't really think of any downside to this camera. Yes, the sensor is slightly smaller than APS-C, and much smaller than full frame. But the trade off is a much smaller and lighter package that produces images that are indistinguishable from the other formats in any reasonable print size.The Olympus menu system can be confusing, and the user manual is somtimes not all that helpful. The upside is that once the camera is set up, there is rarely a reason to go back into the menus.My only gripe is the neck strap. While well-made, I feel like a walking billboard for Olympus. It is also too short.Anyone considering a a pro-level camera in a compact package should check out the E-M1 and the 12-40 f2.8 Pro lens.

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      4.0

      OM-D E-m1 - big change from my Nikons

      By OHcorgis

      from Hudson, OH

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Complicated Controls
      • Lag / Shutter Delay

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

      I wanted a DSLR to take with me on hikes, events, etc where I did not need to have my heavy professional big bricks. I like the size and weight. But this camera body has a big learning curve for me. It is necessary to go carefully through the manual which comes only in PDF form. For some reasons, settings do not seem to stay the same for me. I normally shoot Aperture Mode....However, I am finding that the Scene modes are awesome, at least in camera. I will need to do quite a bit more practice shooting before I am comfortable with the body.

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      5.0

      Best Mirrorless yet

      By Willie

      from Patterson,Ny

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

      I have had this camera for 3 weeks and it had turned out to be everything I thought it would be. Its so very easy to handle and the image quality is just flat outstanding. I bought the 12-40 lens and I find it to be quite comfortable in my hands and easy to handle.

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      5.0

      Incredible camera

      By Fordybrook

      from CT

      Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

      I am so thrilled with this camera. Excellent in low light, focus is amazing. Everything I had wanted and more

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      5.0

      Amazing camera

      By Q

      from Sammamish, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Silver, Body Only):

        I previously owned an E-M5 which is a great camera but struggled in low light conditions. My daughter is a gymnast and I do a lot of action photography inside gyms. The E-M1 coupled with the 12-40mm f2.8 lens is producing super sequential action shots. Next stop the new 40-150mm f2.8 lens.

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        5.0

        Just what I wanted

        By photog4fun

        from San Diego, Ca

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

        I am thrilled with the size and quality of my Om-D E-M1 camera that I have had now for 2 months. I have the 12-40 (24-80 FF equivalent) 2.8 SHARP PRO lens on it and also a 75mm 1.8 SHARP lens (150mm FF equivalent). I carried it all in a small purse size camera bag on my Fall Foliage trip to New England last month. The quality is right up there with my 7d & 17-55 2.8 lens, although in a much smaller package. My favorite parts of the camera are its brilliantly bright viewfinder and focus peaking with manual focusing, both a treasure. Being weather sealed, it was wonderful not worrying about my camera when I was shooting in a light rain. I love, love, love this camera. Now I am ready to sell my Canon cameras / lenses.

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        5.0

        Absolutely beautiful!

        By Macintosh Sauce

        from Albuquerque, NM

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Silver, Body Only):

          I purchased the OM-D E-M1 (silver), because I wanted a digital camera that is light and has an extensive selection of lenses. Olympus wins in this area hands down.

          Yesterday morning, my E-M1 arrived from B&H in a very-well packed box. Decided to get the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens, HLD-7 battery grip, GS-5 grip strap, EP-13 eyecup, extra BCN-1 charger, and extra BLN-1 battery.

          The E-M1 is one of the best built cameras I've had the pleasure of holding in my hands. Metal dials and switches are what I like. The body and lens feel solid in my hands. My pinky finger fits nicely on the added battery grip.

          B&H's customer service is awesome IMHO. Talked to Abraham while placing my order over the phone, because I needed to split the purchase between two credit cards. I'm glad I decided to purchase my camera gear from B&H. Will be purchasing more camera gear from them in the future.

          Can't wait for the 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens!

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          5.0

          This is one fine camera

          By afterimages

          from Elm Grove WI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

            I have been a Canon user for a decade or so, most recently with a Rebel t3i. I agonized over the decision to get the Olympus instead of another Canon. But Canon was just losing my interest/respect for various reasons, so voila. With the 12-40 2.8 Pro this is my dream camera. Small, light, and better in all respects than the Canon. The menu is vast and a bit hairy at first, but I've got it now and all is well. Much customizing is possible.I shoot RAW and use Lightroom. The images are so good.

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            5.0

            Great Upgrade

            By Bassbro

            from Washington

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Travel

              Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Silver, Body Only):

              I already had an OM-D E-M5 and have enjoyed it.

              The E-M1 is a big step up. I really like the improved features and still can use all the lenses I have.

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              5.0

              Awsome Camera!!

              By Rob

              from Asheville, NC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good in Low Light
              • Great ergonomics
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Travel

                Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                I have been using this camera for about 2 months and love it. I have been shooting professionally for 15 years and have been a Nikon user for 20+ years. I bought this camera as a light weight but high quality walk around camera but have learned it is much more than that. Recently returned from 3 weeks of shooting in Alaska and have been shooting fall color for the past 2 weeks around the Blue Ridge Parkway. I had 30 lbs of Nikon gear on both trips but found that I used the little Olympus almost as much as all of the other gear. It is a real joy to work with such portable yet high quality equipment.

                I will start with ergonomics. The camera is small in the hand but solid and comfortable. There are buttons, switches or dials for almost everything that is important. One of my favorites is a lever that changes the function of the two wheels, in position #1 the front wheel controls EV and the rear wheel aperture (in A mode) while in position #2 the front wheel controls ISO and the rear wheel color balance. There is also a live histogram in the viewfinder so you can easily manage exposure without taking your eye from the viewfinder.

                The viewfinder and rear screen are electronic and accuracy is excellent. Clarity is also great and I can focus manually using the viewfinder with confidence. Changes to color balance, exposure, etc... are instantly shown in the viewfinder. The rear screen tilts but the range of motion is very limited.

                Last night I photographed sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I had my Nikon set up on one tripod and the Olympus on the other. It was not a great sunset because there were very few clouds and no clouds to soften the sun. Trying to compose shots with the Nikon that included the sun was burning out my eyes. The Olympus shined in this situation. With the electronic viewfinder I could use a long lens to isolate and compose without fear of blindness. It also handled the bright scene very well and the lens produced no artifacts from the sun. I had a 24 f1.4 on the Nikon and got sun flare in almost every shot that included the sun. When you consider that the Nikon 24 f1.4 lens costs more than the Olympus camera body with the 75-300 lens, I have to think hard about where I want to put future money for photo gear.

                And....that brings me to image quality. I am using the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 Pro lens and the Olympus 75-300 f4.8-6.7 lens. The E-M1 with the 12-40 lens produce outstanding, sharp, high contrast images. Great color and low noise at 800ISO and below. The 75-300 is a little too slow for wildlife but it is great for isolating in travel, landscape, etc... It is also a very sharp lens. When you realize that the 75-300 is really a 150-600 lens and I can hand hold the lens for close-ups of fall leaves with shutter speeds of 1/125 sec, you begin to get an idea of how good the image stabilization system is.

                The camera is not difficult to use for the basics but the more I dig into options and all of the other functions that are available the more I realize that this camera can be complicated. It does not have to be complicated and the controls are very intuitive but if you dig into all options...well there can be a LOT to keep up with.

                Bottom line...if you are looking for a light weight, professional quality system you need to look at this camera.

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                5.0

                Nice camera

                By Biff

                from Littleton CO

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                  The EM-1 is a very nice camera, but not a significant upgrade in image quality from the EM-5 model which I have. If you don't have a mirrorless m4/3 camera, this would be a great choice. I returned mine due to the first point I listed.

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                  3.0

                  So much potential wasted

                  By David SF

                  from Santa Fe, NM

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                    Very nice MFT camera for photos. The built in image stabilizer is amazing. But sadly the video capabilities are far behind all the other major brands of cameras. With better video capabilities and the built in image stabilizer this camera would get 5 stars from me. But with only low end video it gets 3 stars.

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                    5.0

                    Love the OM_D E=M1

                    By RmfTop

                    from New York

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                    I traded my Canon Gear which I love for the Olympus M-1. It is definitely an extension of myself. I find myself taking more photos and having more fun. It is professional on every level - fit & finish are 1st class - the components of the camera, meter, focusing, etc help me produce great photos.I highly recommend this camera for those who love photography and want the camera to be an extension of themselves.Only downside is the flash cover is easy to lose. This is a very minor item.

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                    4.0

                    A tough call...

                    By AndyX

                    from Dallas, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Bright Clear Evf
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Intuitive
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • Limited Lens Options

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                    For me, this camera was a very tough choice. I still own my Olympus OM-2N (film), and always loved Olympus' innovation. But, I knew my "go to hi-res" would be a Nikon D810. After digging around quite a bit, I'd originally settled on a Fuji X-T1. I like the design, the lens selection, and the similarity of function controls to the D810. And I liked the "rangefinder look!"
                    However, when I started comparing the features, and realizing this was to be my "go to carry camera", I decided on the OM-D EM-1 for the following reasons:

                    * The sensor/processing was less contrasy and seemed to have better color saturation than the Fuji

                    * Big deal: Four color live histogram in display and review, whereas the Fuji had average histogram only in review mode. This alone was almost a deal-killer for me.

                    * However, the Olympus does not have the lens selection -- and since the OM-D is Micro 4/3, I can't simply hang a 35mm F2 Summicron on it. So, the lack of lenses almost killed the OM-D.

                    In the end, the really great EVF and real-time 4-color histogram forced me onto Micro 4/3.

                    In the end, the Olympus just seemed a better fit for the shooting I do. Who knows, I may end up with both!

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                    5.0

                    Wonderful

                    By rb139

                    from Pittsburgh Pa

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                        40 + years of shooting, this is my favorite camera.
                        With prime lens I take it every where

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                        5.0

                        Stunning Pictures

                        By Bryan

                        from Bluff City, TN

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Resolution
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                          I purchased this to replace my Canon T3i as I wanted a camera that was lighter and less bulky than the Canon. My choice of this camera was based on many (many) hours of online reviews and looking at sample pictures from other owners. Many of the camera's features influenced my purchase, if I had to pick just one it would be the image stabilization, this thing is awesome!

                          I combined this body with the superb M. Zuiko 12-40 pro lens.

                          With the shots I have taken so far I honestly cannot see myself happier with a different setup.

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                          2.0

                          EVF splotches

                          By bruceM

                          from LA

                          Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                          I've had the E-M1 for 8 months now and am generally pleased with it. Good image quality and very customizable. Great ergonomics and small size make it a pleasure to shoot with. However, I too have already had to have a warranty repair due to green splotches in the EVF (apparently caused by sunlight entering the EVF from the rear). Definitely sounds like a serious design flaw if one was required to continually block the EVF eyepiece from any direct sunlight. My biggest concern is the problem reoccurring out of warranty. Thus far, Olympus has refused to officially acknowledge the issue, but if you do a little searching you will see it is affecting quite a few owners.

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                          5.0

                          would buy the camera again

                          By mike

                          from tupper lake ny

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Battery Life
                          • Great Resolution
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Complicated Controls

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                          just love the camera it can do everything you ever would need in a small camera the pictures are amazing

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                          4.0

                          Great little Camera

                          By Bob

                          from Boise, ID

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Resolution
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                            I'm an advanced ametuer and use this mainly for wildlife and scenery. It isn't a major upgrade from the EM5 but it is easier to use and better laid out than the EM5. With the 12-40mm f2.8 lens it is the perfect walking around camera. Very capibile and light weight combination. I love it and can't stop talking about it with my camera club friends.

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