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OlympusOM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Silver, Body Only)
 
4.6

(based on 176 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (126)
  • Large clear LCD (109)
  • Great resolution (102)
  • Fast shutter speed (93)
  • Easy to use (90)

Cons

  • Short battery life (46)
  • Complicated controls (26)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Lag / shutter delay (4)
  • Poor image quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (126)
  • Family photos (83)
  • Macro photography (66)
  • Low light (65)
  • Wildlife (56)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (79), Semi-pro photographer (42), Pro photographer (27), Casual photographer (10)
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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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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

Long term review - the EM-1 holds up

By Raincheck

from The Great southwest

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

I've had this camera for 2 1/2 years. I've used it for landscapes and portraits. For telephoto wildlife shots in Africa and street photography. Family get together soon and European trips.

This camera just works. Yes, it is complex in some ways, especially at first. But if you know how you like to shoot you can customize it to your needs and almost never go in a menu again while shooting.

It has multiple personalities. With a telephoto it was the perfect rugged and compact kit for wildlife shooting, but with the 17mm 1.8 it is lightweight, inconspicuous camera for everyday shooting. Love it with portrait lenses (45 and 75mm) as well.

The small sensor size does affect depth of field and low light situations (though the 5 way stabilization enables lower ISO values in low light that offset that). But I almost never feel that limitation when I shoot. And I have printed up to 18 x 24 with beautiful results.

I get GAS now and then. The Fuji's are tempting. Those Sonys with the full size sensor look good. Or the Panasonic G8. Or the sexy Pen F. But that is when I am not shooting. When I am out shooting I am always glad to have the EM-1 in my hand. The size, form factor, solid build, ergonomics, and the quality of shots I get are spot on.

At 2 1/2 years I remain very happy with this camera, I still look forward to grabbing it and going out to shoot. I wanted a versatile everyday workhorse and this is it. Five stars is generous, I know, but feeling as good about a camera or better after long term use, with all the competition out there, I really feel like Olympus got it right. And I appreciate all the firmware updates that have kept it pretty up to date.

The pixel race will go on, the feature race will continue, and I will get a new body one day. But it will be because I gave in to GAS, not because this tool no longer worked. Probably the Mark II, with more pixels, a hand held hi-res, 4K video. All things I don't need at all.

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4.0

Some Great, Mostly Very Good, A Little Bad, and One Ugly

By gbingo

from East Tennessee

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Build Quality
  • Feature Rich
  • Good Battery Life
  • Great Zoom
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • 8 Bit Capture Only
  • Complex Array Of Features

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography
  • Scenic Landscape
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

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

The Nitty Gritty: A beautifully built, weather resistant, and durable system with the OL Pro lenses. Good handling despite small size. Very good image quality with OL Pro lenses -- but with a major caveat -- the system processor is not capable of capturing16 bit RAW, don't know if a firmware upgrade could change this, only found this out after the buy.

Best pixel count in RAW Super Fine is 4680 x 3456 in 8 bit only. For a scenic / nature photographer and someone extensively using Adobe LR and PS plus Google Nik Sweet this a substantial let down. I want all the data I can get from the RAW digital files. Notable also, the learning curve for this system is truly substantial, the number of controllable camera features are almost mind boggling. Obviously you don't have to use them all, but the sort through is a chore. Documentation is adequate but a bit convoluted.

The Rest: I have been using the Olympus OM-D E-M1 for about 6 months. I am school trained in photography and have been shooting avidly for about 20 years. I first started digital process around 2000. My last 2 systems were Canon Pro SLRs, most recently the 5D Mk 3 with top of the line Canon lenses. My move to Olympus and this camera was a weight based decision, the 35 lb. camera pack was getting a bit much at 70+. Current set up cut the weight in half, but I also eliminated a dedicated macro lens.

MY SYSTEM: The E-M1 with: M Zuiko glass: ED 40-150 F2.8 Pro, the 12-40 F2.8 Pro, and the 1.4X Pro Tel Extender. I shoot mostly off a Gitzo carbon fiber Mountaineer Tripod.

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5.0

Powerful photography tool

By Aleksey Z.

from Brooklyn, NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Great Resolution

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

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

    Great upgrade from my Nikon Coolpix P7100. With roughly same body size (discounting lens), it has much larger sensor and electronic viewfinder. Dials and buttons are conveniently placed. Lots of functions and customization capabilities. I owned Olympus Camedia C-770 before Nikon and very happy to get back to Olympus with this advanced camera.

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    4.0

    Small Yet Capable

    By Jaye

    from Tucson, AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    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

    • Dogs
    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Wildlife photos

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

    Right out of the box, I was surprised at how small and lightweight the body was. My previous camera was an Olympus Evolt 510, which is a 4/3 camera, weighs considerably more and is bigger. Well, it didn't take long for me to fall in love. I benefit from the smaller body because I have small hands – something you may want to consider if you have very large hands. The camera is very responsive, the controls are intuitive, and I really enjoy the touch screen. One feature that has impressed me is the moveable LCD screen. I can now take shots above my head! Very cool. I chose this camera over the Olympus Pen because I was concerned about not having a optical viewfinder. Had I been able to try both out, my concerns would have disappeared – the viewfinder is responsive and bright. I've had cameras in the past with viewfinders only and have been frustrated with their quality. With the OMD EM1 I would've been perfectly satisfied without having the optical viewfinder – in fact, I have gotten away from using it altogether. The small flash that comes with the camera seems to work just fine. All of the art filters are proving to be fun to play with – something that is new to me. I even attempted a video the other day – the quality is very high. Overall, the OMD EM1 is an easy to use camera, well suited to amateur photographers who want a higher end product in a small, lightweight package. I recently wore it around my neck all day at the fair and was very grateful it is so light. I got some awesome shots – so far I am loving this camera.

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    5.0

    Replaced E-M1 with E-M1

    By SPF50

    from Seattle

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

    My first E-M1 suddenly died after more than two years of extremely heavy use, including a lot of beach volleyball that exposed it to sand and sunscreen. Also much event work in bars and clubs covering the underground entertainment scene in my city. About 260,000 shutter activations when it suddenly powered down and could not be revived. I may send it for servicing but figured the cost of fixing whatever died plus replacing the worn shutter would be too much versus buying a new one at current prices.

    I use it for indoor and outdoor sports, burlesque and other stage performances in bad light, and for that stuff I prefer it over my GH-4. Paired with the 40-150 f/2.8 and battery grip, it works extremely well for professional beach volleyball and is no problem to carry for a 10-hour day, along with second m43 body and 3-4 more lenses in my bag. On-sensor PDAF works quite well for C-AF if the light is right and the movement isn't too erratic.

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    4.0

    green spot in evf

    By chris king

    from crescent city, calif

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Birding Wild Life
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Wildlife photos

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

    I like the m-1, T could do without the company. The rep I met said Olympus would fix the green spot instead of charging the $. I send my camera off, so far 7 weeks, just a little too long. Olympus seen to be two companies. Those who make fine camera and lens and those who do not stand behind their product. I am almost ready to dump the Olympus line as much as I like it. Olympus has not improved the m-1, just cheaper non pro stuff. I am ready for an update.

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    4.0

    So far so good

    By Photoenthusiast

    from Montana

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

    I have had this camera for about 3 weeks and so far I find that it is leaps and bounds above my last camera.

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    5.0

    love it--it is a fun camera

    By Ruth the Hiker

    from Kingman AZ

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Hiking
    • Travel

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

    I love it--I love shooting with it--love the features on it. Pictures I attached are shot with a 14 to 150 lens, all I can say I am very happy with it, only complaint is the short battery life but I guess that is because of the EVF

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    4.0

    Excellent Camera

    By EL Photo

    from NY, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Complicated Controls
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

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

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

    I purchased this camera about a month ago. It is solidly built, feels great in my hand, and takes wonderful pictures. Armed with some high quality manual focus lenses, this can replicate the 1960s rangefinder.

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    5.0

    A great camera.

    By YL

    from Houston

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

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

      The picture quality is superb, the body is solid and well built.

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      5.0

      Best Micro Four Thirds camera so far

      By fourbillionyears

      from Athens, GA

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Llandscape
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

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

        I waited until the price of the EM-1 came down (and until the big December sale) before purchasing mine. I did the same with my EM-5 and EP-5, which have so far been my workhorses. I have only had the EM-1 for a couple of weeks, but can offer some opinions and comparisons. If you like the EM-5 (first gen, don't know about the Mk II) you will love the EM-1. It is a bit larger, which makes handling easier. Button placement is MUCH better than on the EM-5, and more similar to the EP-5. One great detail is the DOF preview button on the body, next to the lens mount (as in many film cameras). The viewfinder is significantly better than in the EM-5, and comparable to the superb VF-4. Auto focus with legacy four thirds lenses is REALLY good - I see little if any difference to what I was used to on the E-5. Even adding the 2X teleconverter the 150mm f/2 focuses almost instantly, with virtually no "hunting". The menu system is the same as in all other Olympus cameras. Some people find it confusing. Perhaps because I have used it for a long time I find it very straightforward, but this is probably just a matter of personal preference. Image quality is superb. Is it better than the EM-5/EP-5? Hard to tell, if there is a difference it is small, but those are very high standards to begin with. The one difference that I think I can detect is that the RAW files from the EM-1 are easier to sharpen without going too far (i.e., getting "crispy") than those from the EM-5, but this is only a first impression from just a few dozen images. I only shoot RAW, so I cannot comment on JPG quality. Image stabilization appears to be as good as in the EM-5/EP-5, and perhaps a bit better, but again this is only a very preliminary impression. Where there is a very appreciable difference is in high ISO performance. The EM-1 is in a different league altogether in this respect, relative to all the earlier micro four thirds cameras. Check the images below, ISO 1250 with the same noise reduction that I use on my ISO 200 RAW files. It can almost certainly be improved with a bit of work, but I have not had the time for that yet. Build quality is classic flagship Olympus, i.e., "Japanese Leica". I cannot comment on the video features, as I do not use them (the first thing that I always do with any new camera is reassign the red movie button to some other function that is more relevant to my needs). In summary, this is a fantastic camera. You will not be disappointed.

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        4.0

        good camera, not so good company

        By chris king

        from crescent city calif

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor Image Quality
        • Product Service

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Small And Light
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

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

        Like camera have several pro lens. I have the green dot in the evf that many people have mentioned. Call Olympus, answer, send camera and $185. to Olympus repair. I went to their site, said they would get back to me in 48 hour, it have a few weeks. The camera, the om-d m-1 was a break through in mirrorless cameras, the Olympus Co. is not. I will be changing to a more reliable co. and selling off my two Olympus cameras.

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        5.0

        My second OMD E-M1, as a back up camera

        By Jeff1

        from Cape Cod, Ma

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel
          • Video

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

          This is a great little pro camera. Now when I travel overseas etc., I can leave my 30+ lbs of Nikon Pro gear home. I have taken My first E-M1 on a few overseas trips and love it. With a few of the new Pro sealed lenses, It's a pleasure to walk around all day and not get tired carrying a lot of camera weight.
          I just bought a second body (really for my wife, who got tired of carrying her heavy big Nikon).

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          5.0

          Wife loves it!

          By Ceilidh

          from Massachusetts

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Focuses 43 Lenses Well
          • Good Dynamic Range
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Purchased as a present for my wife, as an upgrade from her 4/3 E-420 (with 4/3 50mm F2 Macro and 11-22mm Zoom). E-420 to E-M1 is of course an enormous step (from lowest-end 2007-vintage 4/3 to current top-range m4/3), but even our loftiest hopes and expectations were greatly exceeded. Landscape shots with same lenses (and same lighting, time-of-year, perspective, etc.) are jaw-droppingly better with straight out-of-camera jpegs, even in straightforward Program mode with default settings, and the camera (of course) lends itself to far more control over each shot. We were sort of forced into this camera (vs. the E-M10 ii and E-M5 ii) because of my wife's existing 4/3 lenses, but the button and dial layout (and the comfort of the large built-in grip) on their own make it worthwhile: with the E-420, exercising control over exposure/focus/everything was in some ways a troublesome chore, whereas the E-M1 invites you to take charge. EVF is great (I was worried my wife wouldn't take to it, but she liked it immediately), and even the art filters (which we thought a silly gimmick) have been fun (e.g., diorama shots!). Interestingly, whereas my wife always loved the 50mm F2 Macro, she never really took to the 11-22mm (on the E-420) -- but the E-M1 images created by the 11-22mm are so much better, that she's begun to enjoy this lens in a way she never did before.

              (Note: E-M1 purchased with MMF-3 4/3 to m43 adaptor; focusing (of Zuiko 50mm F2 Macro and 11-22m Zoom) is as good as on E-420)

              On a completely different note, my own background is in OM film SLRs (OM-1N, OM-4Ti): the E-M1 has the look, feel, balance, and overall air of rugged precision that those OM cameras possessed. It's the first DSLR/Mirrorless I've handled that makes me think of my beloved OM-4Ti; in silver, it even looks like an OM. Maybe I'll someday get one of my own. =)

              One thing to mention: the battery charger was faulty upon arrival, and BHPhoto immediately sent us a prepaid shipping label (for us to send the charger back to them), and the replacement charger reached us by the end of the following week. Really exemplary service -- thanks very much!

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              5.0

              Fast focus small and agile....

              By Redcld

              from Anacortes, Washington

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Complicated Controls

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

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

              I carry this camera almost everywhere I go. I leave my Nikon home most times. My M1 is small and will almost fit in my pocket. It has a very fast focus, and is a solidly built camera. The menu system is a bit daunting but manageable.

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              5.0

              In love!

              By Rachel B

              from Southern California

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

              I upgraded to this camera from an Olympus E3 and, man! Not sure what took me so long to do that! This camera is fantastic, and everything I didn't even know I wanted. The WiFi connectivity is a super plus for anything that you might want to post immediately just as a preview. I find that moving to the electronic viewfinder as opposed to a traditional DSLR is a bit of a learning curve, but I feel sure that once I become familiar with it, it'll be no problem. I've paired this with the MMF-3 and my 50-200mm SWD lens and am just amazed.

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              5.0

              Fully capable

              By zensu

              from Montgomery, AL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              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 (Black, Body Only):

              This is the best digital camera I've ever owned! Any project I can imagine this camera can help deliver without a problem. Superior construction on even the finest details, I would normally not notice but if you bother to look quality is everywhere. The only word needed to describe the images is stunning. It also produces the best JPG's straight out of the camera but if you like greater dynamic range and highlight/shadow control just shoot RAW.

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              3.0

              Problematic viewfinder

              By mossgate

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Comfortable To Handle
              • Efficient Dial Functions
              • Not Overly Heavy
              • Quick Response Time

              Cons

              • Viewfinder Splatter Issue

              Best Uses

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

                I have owned my Olympus OM-D E-M1 for almost two years now. After reading a few of the more current reviews, I am hesitant about buying another backup body. In my first year of ownership I had the viewfinder replaced THREE times!!! As others have mentioned, some of us have had problems with specks appearing inside the viewfinder. To me it resembles splattered yellow lubricant....some think it is burning from light entering the viewfinder. Not everyone seems to have this problem however and wonder if it is happening to those of us who have to crank the diopter up because of our farsightedness. Who knows for sure because it appears that Olympus is still remaining silent regarding this issue. I finally gave up and am putting up with the distracting specks. Other than the specks which appeared the second time I used the camera after receiving the third viewfinder replacement, no other specks have shown up.....now about 8 months ago. So do I want to buy another Olympus and get stuck with another splattered viewfinder? Don't know.............Sony has a fourth thirds model that uses the same lenses as my Olympus.

                Other than this very annoying viewfinder issue, however, I find the Olympus E-M1 to be a rather nice camera. I found learning the menu to be quite daunting, the PDF manual not being too clear on all its explanations. But I found a non Olympus Corp. manual that did a better job.

                I'm kind of sad that the viewfinder issue was never addressed outside of continuous replacements because it has served me well otherwise. A couple of times the camera stopped working, but removing the battery and putting it back in solved that problem. Bad connection for whatever reason but with a quick fix.

                Don't know whether to recommend this camera or not.

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                3.0

                Poor update to OI.Share - missed opportunity

                By Anthony Terrot

                from Bahrain + France

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Pro Rc Flash
                • Very Poor Wifi Ap

                Best Uses

                • Would Be Commercial

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

                Make no bones about it - this is a very good and technically advanced camera that will be improved by the new firmware release due in November. However, a new release of its WiFi software is a missed opportunity. It does not allow normal operation of the camera (through the view finder) while transmitting lower resolution JPEGS to a tablet.
                Mr Olympus, there are professionals who shoot with the camera hand held (on location on corporate assignments) where the tablet is passed to the creative director while the photographer aims to achieve the best angle off tripod). In case you doubt this Mr O, please may I draw your attention to the success of the CamRanger (an external transmitter that has to be plugged into the camera). Now the OMD EM-1 has internal Wifi. So why are you denying us this feature?
                Okay, so can can live with no professional R/C flash in your line up - currently refer to my review six months ago - but I am staggered that you have not designed the new release to meet this demand. As it is I shall have to continue with my Canon hardware - continuing to invest in it rather than investing further in your otherwise excellent OMD EM-1 system which, now, I should have preferred. Perhaps you could do it through Capture?
                For those of you who are about to consider this camera, do not necessarily be put off. Its just that, on location commercial shoots, most of our shooting is done off tripod using the viewfinder.
                The camera's attributes: fantastic 5 way in body anti-shake, nominal comparative size and weight, a great interface (you have to expect to learn it because of its sophistication - this is not as difficult as it first seems), great new PRO lenses and some pretty good fixed focal length ones, an effective touch screen, a worth while battery and grip pack, and quality that is quite good enough for brochures, annual reports and sustainability reports. I have no trouble in taking the kit (2x bodies + 7 lenses) in a free Olympus back-pack I was given when I bought the first body in an emergency (the rest of the kit was bought through excellent B&H) as cabin baggage (its so light and small albeit patience is appropriate at security - tip: as you are near to security, grab one of the attendee's attention that you have loads for them to look at - they usually then respond very helpful.
                But Mr Olympus - give us what we reasonably want - not what you think we want! (Applicable to all camera manufacturers?
                I would recommend to a friend but with caveats.

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                5.0

                very nice camera

                By Georgekutty

                from Houston

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

                Very nice camera, I already have e620 but this is the best

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