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

(based on 139 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (101)
  • Large clear LCD (93)
  • Great resolution (83)
  • Fast shutter speed (77)
  • Easy to use (68)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (106)
  • Family photos (71)
  • Low light (58)
  • Macro photography (55)
  • Wildlife (45)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (65), Semi-pro photographer (33), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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.

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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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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

Verified Buyer

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

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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

    Verified Reviewer

    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

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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

      • 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

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      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

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                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

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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

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                    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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                        5.0

                        Great balance of size+balance+value

                        By ckanell

                        from Denver, CO

                        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          After playing around with a friend's Olympus system, I decided to sell all my DSLR gear, and switch to the EM-1 with the 12-40 mm lens.

                          The camera is responsive, and the autofocus is quick. Image quality is superb. The images are sharp, with the right amount of contrast and saturation right out of the box. Although, there are many reviewers speaking about the quality of the images at high ISO (above 1600), this is not an issue for my the type of photographs I take.

                          The camera is easy to use and customized. The menus are very user friendly and intuitive. The camera has more automated and pre-programed settings than I would ever use. I prefer to work on the photographs on Lightroom or Photoshop rather than have the camera process them. I have printed images from this camera up to 17x22 with excellent results.

                          The electronic viewfinder is very good, although it drains the battery. The viewfinder is bright with high resolution and low lat between shots. Having Image Stabilization in the camera is awesome.

                          The camera and lens weight less than my previous DSLR. A perfect traveling companion. I have found the size of the camera to be perfect for street photography. For anyone with larger size hands, I would highly recommend the Battery Grip.

                          Big PLUS the camera is weatherproof.

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                          5.0

                          Ergonomically brilliant

                          By Raincheck

                          from The Great Southwest

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

                          I upgraded to the EM-1 from the EM-5 because I damaged my EM-5 just before a trip. I was a little reluctant die to a) price b) increased size and 3) not being sure if the upgrades were worth it.I would never go back. There are a lot of reasons, but the main ones are just how ergonomically great this camera is, what a pleasure it is to shoot with. The size, the grip, the texture, the controls are all, for me at least, ideal. With the new dial layout, most of the things you want to do all the time are right there at eye level as you shoot. Shutter. Aperture. ISO. Exposure compensation. Metering. Bracketing. Drive mode. AEL/AFL. Whatever. It all is there and in a pretty intuitive way. If there is something else you need up top, you can dive into the menus and program it onto one of the dials or controls. I haven’t had to yet.The new EVP is just a great viewfinder. I don’t miss an SLR for the viewfinder any more. This is a real leap forward. The back display is nice too. And it is weatherproof.Really, it is just a pleasure to shoot with it, and the quality of the pictures is great. With all the great micro 4/3 glass out there nowadays you can really do nice work with a smaller format and not feel like you are compromising.Also the image stabilization makes a huge difference, I am using my tripod less. Great in low light.I also find myself using the wireless to make my iPhone a remote, which I didn’t think I would. But it is pretty simple and effective.The cons? It is big by micro 4/3 standards. It is expensive. You are looking at a micro 4/3 sensor versus full frame. Some people find the menus complicated. I don’t, and after set up I don’t spend much time in them.But overall, I love this thing. Now an SLR just seems clunky to me, and smaller micro 4/3 cameras feel too small for my hands. This is like part of me. When I hold it by the grip I don’t need a leash or a strap. It just becomes part of me.

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