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

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)
Key Features
  • 16.3MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VII Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • FAST Dual Phase- & Contrast-Detection AF
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.
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Olympus E-M1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 216.3MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VII Image Processor
  • 3FAST Dual Phase- and Contrast-Detection AF
  • 45-Axis Image Stabilization
  • 5Interactive EVF and 3.0" Tilting Touchscreen
  • 6Body Design
  • 7Built-In Wireless Connectivity
  • 8In-Camera Image Control
  • 9Other Camera Features

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.
  • Olympus E-M1 Specs

    Sensor ResolutionActual: 16.8 Megapixel
    Effective: 16.3 Megapixel
    Exposure Control
    Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
    Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
    Bit Depth12-Bit
    Resolution2,360,000 Dot
    Viewfinder Eye Point21 mm
    MagnificationApprox. 1.48x
    Diopter Adjustment-4 to +2
    Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
    Autofocus PointsContrast Detection: 81
    Phase Detection: 37
    Flash ModesAuto, Fill Flash, Manual, Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction, TTL Auto
    External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe, PC Terminal, Proprietary, Wireless
    Battery Type1 x BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.6 VDC, 1220 mAh
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight2.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.6 x 7.1 x 4.1"

    Olympus E-M1 Reviews

    Still using in 2018!

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2018-12-06

    I’ve shot with Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Fuji. Today the differences between one camera vs another are slight and subject to personal preferences. Point being your going to like what you like. I switched to micro 4/3rds and Olympus specifically 3 years ago and haven’t looked back.  The performance of current flagship Olympus and Panasonic micro 4/3rd cameras have jumped up in focus and speed performance since this em1 model came out...although with firmware updates even this original em1 camera still holds up. In fact instead of purchasing the updated em1/mark ii but instead chose to buy a lightly used second em-1. I believe in any system you choose lenses always make for better long term investment in digital picture taking. I have all the Pro lenses and a handful of quality Zuiko premium primes. For me with my main focus on stills and not video it only made sense to spend my funds wisely and still produce quality images with my pair of Olympus em1s. You really count go wrong. In my humble opinion of course : )

    Still a solid performer.

    By Bill
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2017-02-22

    I wanted to break into M43 without breaking the bank. Olympus deals this past Christmas provided the opportunity. While no longer their flagship camera, this is still extremely capable. Image quality I would rate high, focus accurate, although not as fast as I would like for action photography, build outstanding. I would echo others comments about the menu system, leaves much to be desired. However, it is workable. For the price I paid with the 12-40 lens, this was an outstanding buy. To their credit, Olympus has maintained and improved this camera since its original introduction with several firmware updates.

    Lives Up To Its Reputation!!

    By smackwater
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2017-01-25

    The EM-1 with 12-40mm f/2.8 is an established product with numerous professional and purchase reviews to its credit. They deserve the abundant praise received. The camera and lens delivered what I expected. The only reservation I had before purchase was the weight of the lens--a fact which previous buyers alluded to. I decided to accept this in exchange for the superior quality of the photos and have not regretted this decision. The excellent ergonomics, however, balance the weight and help mitigate this fact. As for the aesthetics--which I value--the camera and lens ooze quality; they are visually and tactilely beautiful. As others have observed, the package price for both offers exceptional value.

    Great camera

    By Aleksey
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2017-01-16

    The camera is great. I use it with the latest 14-150mm as all-around lens. It is very good overall, but struggles in low light. I am about to buy 85mm f/1.4 for it as my first prime. E-M1 has tons of useful settings, although it takes time to adjust. Not everything is intuitive or easy to access, but customizations are possible. I like that lenses are smaller and lighter than most APS- lenses. MFT performance and quality might be worse, but difference is not important for non-professional use.

    Pro Quality Kit

    By Agedrunner
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2017-05-10

    Excellent camera with a fantastic lens. Produces pro quality pictures. Price was incredible.

    Baby 1D

    By Anonymous
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2017-02-27

    I call this my mini 1D. I have owned a 1D mark II and III and this little wonder does what they did. Well maybe not the AF but this is a very capable camera. It and the prime lenses are like fFaberge eggs, little masterpieces. And I have always dug those Oly JPEGs.

    Very flexible and powerful little camera

    By Ted D.
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2017-02-24

    I am very happy with this E-M1. There is a pretty steep learning curve because this camera can be customized to many shooting styles. It's very comfortable to hold and takes tack sharp photos. I teamed this body with the 12-40 2.8 pro lens. AWESOME results. he M1 is a very powerful little camera. Love it, and would recommend its purchase. Once you try it as a backup camera, you just might switch it to primary.

    Exceptional value; amazing camera

    By R Scott
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2017-02-23

    I was able to get in on the end of this great deal, ordering my camera in late January. From the first time I held it, it was like a feeling of where have you been all these years! The quality of build, the size, the beautiful EVF, the compact flash, the smaller and incredible-quality 12-40mm f/2.8 zoom, the packaging and the potential of this camera is wide open. Due to inclement weather, I've not been able to put it through it's paces, but of the photos from our deck over-looking the creek and pond, the photos had great image quality, nice color saturation and the lens is crystal clear (to the eye). I like this camera so much that I just this evening took back a Nikon D7200 to the dealer because the OM-D EM-1 has more than enough image quality for all social media and prints up to any reasonable size. I just love holding this camera and it will be the perfect street, travel and journalistic camera. It is a great birder's camera and the on-camera image stabilization is so valuable. Sure there are better cameras/lenses for landscape photos but at what cost and for in reality, just how much better will the photos be anyway? I own a medium frame film camera and I've owned a slew of point and shoot and DSLR's, but as I recently retired and my needs are hobbyist in nature, this camera and the Mk II (when the cost comes down) will be all I need for the foreseeable future. I highly recommend this camera, especially with prime lenses! Since you can't get this combo any more, I would still buy the E-M1 and the 25mm prime to get started, and take lots of pics to learn the camera well. Search out YouTube as there are plenty of tutorials to help you get started. I know I'll have this camera for years to come and it was the right camera for 90% of what I do (nature, landscape, street, journalism). Heck, my iPhone 6 takes great videos, so there's little my E-M1 can't do along with the iPhone. For the important landscape or portrait photos, I've got my Mamiya RZ67 Pro II (but I could do it all with just the E-M1). My first SLR was the Olympus OM1, almost 40 years ago, so this was like, well, coming home!

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    Does this camera support the focus stacking feature in the v4 firmware? I know the Mark II model does, but cant find anything specific on the Mark I.
    Asked by: Hisham
    Yes it does , but only with micro four thirds lenses and not with four third adapted.
    Answered by: Juliette S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Is this camera grey market
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Not grey market, just a great deal with the 12-40 lens. I am very pleased with my purchase.
    Answered by: Kelly S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is a flash included?
    Asked by: Antonio C.
    Yes, it comes with a flash, although I haven't found any use for it. You can adjust the ISO so much, you can get good shots indoors with low light without a flash.
    Answered by: Alan S.
    Date published: 2018-08-24


    Is it the same Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens for $999?
    Asked by: Nikolay
    Yes. The camera and the lens come in their own separate boxes, not part of a kit box. Purchased separately would be $2,100 ($1099 for the EM1) so this is a fantastic deal. I purchased them this week and extremely pleased.
    Answered by: Albert V.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Has the rear dial issue been resolved ? I've gotten alittle gun shy about the purchase of the omd em1 . Any info much appreciated!
    Asked by: Jack
    Just purchased this combo. I know of the issue mentioned as well as the strap lug issue. For $99 you can pirchase an extended warranty for two extra years, total of three year warranty, from the Olumpus website, which includes a oje time free clean and check during that period. You have up to a year to purchase. I think this is good insurance and will likely purchase it myself down the road.
    Answered by: Albert V.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    My hot shoe cover keeps falling off. I want to buy a spare in case I lose it. I do not see it listed under available accessories. Where can I get a spare hot shoe cover for the EM-1?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I've lost mine too. I just put a strip of gaffer tape over the electrical contacts
    Answered by: Bill G.
    Date published: 2018-08-24


    Is the included lens the Olympus PRO 12-40mm?
    Asked by: Marty L.
    Answered by: Jerry J.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    What is the base ISO for Olympus EM1
    Asked by: Orighomisan
    The base ISO of the OM-D E-M1 is 200. If desired, there is a LOW ISO setting which can be set which yields an ISO 100 equivalent.
    Answered by: Kenneth L.
    Date published: 2018-08-24
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