Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-40mm f/2.8 Lens (Black)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-40mm f/2.8 Lens (Black)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-40mm f/2.8 Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 16.3MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VII Image Processor
  • Interactive 2.36m-Dot EVF
  • 3.0" 1.037m-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 30 fps
  • FAST Dual Phase- & Contrast-Detection AF
  • 5-Axis Image Stabilization with IS Auto
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Up to 10 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
  • M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
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Olympus E-M1 overview

  • 1Description

Bundling the advanced mirrorless camera with a fast standard zoom, the OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-40mm f/2.8 Lens from Olympus includes the rugged Micro Four Thirds body with a 24-80mm equivalent f/2.8 zoom.

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

    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.
  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens

    A flexible zoom covering a popular focal length range, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO from Olympus is a wide-to-portrait-length 24-80mm equivalent lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Its sophisticated optical design, which includes a variety of aspherical, low dispersion, and high refractive index elements, reduces both chromatic and spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range for notable clarity, sharpness, and color accuracy. A ZERO lens coating has also been applied to improve contrast when working in strong lighting conditions. Beyond the advanced lens design, this zoom is also characterized by its constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, as well as its durable weather-sealed construction for working in a variety of conditions. Additionally, a Movie & Still Compatible autofocus system achieves fast, smooth, and silent focusing performance, and a manual focus clutch affords instant switching between focusing methods.

    Standard wide-angle to portrait-length zoom lens is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides a 24-80mm equivalent focal length range.
    Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture enables consistent low-light performance and selective focus control throughout the zoom range.
    The lens construction integrates one aspherical ED (extra-low dispersion) element, two aspherical elements, one DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) element, two extra-low dispersion elements, one HD element, and two HR (high-refractive index) elements into its design to minimize aberrations, distortion, and color fringing throughout the zoom range while also contributing to overall image sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy.
    A ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
    Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system benefits both photo and video applications due to its smooth, quiet, and fast performance.
    Manual focus clutch lets you quickly pull the focusing ring into place for direct, intuitive focus control.
    Programmable L-Fn (lens function) button for easily accessible settings adjustment.
    Dust-, freeze-, and drip-proof design ensure the lens' performance in inclement and harsh conditions.
    Rounded seven-blade diaphragm produces a smooth bokeh quality.
    UPC: 050332186835
In the Box
Bundle Items
  • BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • BCN-1 Battery Charger for BLN-1
  • FL-LM2 Flash
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Olympus Viewer 3 CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • LC-62D Metal Front Lens Cap for M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens (Black)
  • LR-2 Rear Lens Cap
  • LH-66 Lens Hood for 12-40mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens (Black)
  • LSC-0918 Lens Carry Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)
    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 15.9 MP: 4608 x 3456
    Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
    Movies: AVI, MJPEG, MOV,
    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
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Still Images & Video (Stereo)
    Optional External Mic: With Still Images & Video
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    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 to 25600
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 60 to 1/8000 Second 
    Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 to 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 to 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
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps for up to Frames
    Up to 6.5 fps for up to Frames
    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 Second
    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
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    Self Timer 12 Seconds, 2 Seconds
    Custom: 1 - 30 Seconds at 0.5-, 1.0-, 2.0-, 3.0Second 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 1 x BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.6 VDC, 1220 mAh
    Physical
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.1 x 3.7 x 2.5" / 129.5 x 94.0 x 63.5 mm CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions
    Weight 1.09 lb / 494.41 g CIPA guideline compliant, with battery and memory card
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.6 x 7.1 x 4.1"
  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
    Performance
    Focal Length 12 - 40mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 80 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 84° - 30°
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" / 20 cm
    Magnification 0.3x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.33
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Features
    Autofocus Yes
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 62 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.75 x 3.31" / 69.9 x 84 mm
    Weight 13.47 oz / 382 g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.7 x 4.7 x 3.2"

Olympus E-M1 reviews

OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-40mm f/2.8 Lens (Black) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives Up To Its Reputation!! 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.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised by the quality of this kit and images I don't normally write reviews but felt compelled to do so after using this kit for the last month or so. I'm a professional, dedicated Nikon full-frame user but took a chance on the OM-D E-M1. I had some experience with Olympus, I bought a refurbished E-P1 several years ago and was impressed by the images, especially the color rendition--it was always spot on and rich without being over-the-top vivid. So, I figured the OM-D E-M1 would at least produce nicely-saturated photos. First the camera and lens--A solid little body, easy to understand controls and a pro feel. The 12-40mm f2.8 lens is well-built and sturdy. Together they make a nice combo but a bit nose heavy and a bit small for my large hands. I solved this problem by buying the battery pack. Now it fits my hands as well as my Nikons and I have a nice hand grip with a vertical shutter and controls. I was skeptical whether this could produce quality images on a smaller sensor but i have been blown away with how good the photos are. The colors are rich and accurate, the images sharp and clear and the camera is quiet and nearly as fast as my Nikon D3. The Art Mode is okay, I don't have much use for most of them but you can get some nice images with the Pinhole, Pop Art, Grainy Black and White and Dramatic Contrast modes. Controls are clear and easy to use, electronic viewfinder is excellent, thank goodness, I was skeptical about it too. But it's clear, sharp and accurate color-wise. If you use the art modes the viewfinder changes to whatever mode you choose to give you a preview of your image. Cool feature. Another cool feature is the ability to review the images you shoot on either the LCD screen (excellent, by the way) or the viewfinder. I like the viewfinder because you can zoom in and get a good close look at your image. While the OM-D E-M1 is compact, it is not light, especially with the extra battery grip. That said, it's still smaller and lighter than my D3 so if you're looking for a pro quality camera kit, you would be well-served by this one. I am a believer, Olympus got it right, I love this little camera.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 5-axis awesomeness So far doing street photography with the EM1 has been a pleasure to use, and the 12-40mm lens is very sharp. I will be getting the Nokton 17.5mm lens somewhat soon, so I wish to see what kind of improvements will come from it. My absolute favorite feature is the 5-axis stabilization as it makes shooting somewhat long exposures quite easy. Knocking out 1/2 second shots is a breeze. So far my biggest complaint has been the autofocus, which is spotty at times. Sometimes it works really well, but at other times it completely missed the subject, which has lost me a few shots.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big step up Came from an a6000 wanting more control at my fingertips, true weather sealing, and a high quality well rounded lens system. APSC and FF grow too large and/or expensive once pro grade lenses are added. This fit the bill like nothing else lit there. A bit of a learning curve from the Sony, but so well thought out and I'm enjoying it more every day.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Micro 4/3 Camera and Lens I was debating for months between the Fuji X-T1 or the Olympus E-M1 with its M4/3 sensor. Here are some of the reasons why I eventually decided on the E-M1 (over the X-T1 and in general): Size and weight: While the E-M1 body is slightly heavier and larger than the Fuji X-T1, it ends up being much lighter when you factor in the size and weight of their respective professional-grade zoom lenses. In particular, the Fuji 16-55 f/2.8 is significantly larger and heavier than the Olympus 12-40 f/2.8. This is once again true of other professional zooms, such as the Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8 versus the XF 50-140 f/2.8. Of course, if you're only planning to shoot with primes, the difference becomes much more negligible, and the Fuji's sensor, with its better low-light performance and higher dynamic range becomes a big selling point. However, since I like shooting with zoom lenses, especially fixed aperture weather-sealed standard zooms (which are very useful for travel), I found the E-M1 and 12-40 combination much more suited to my needs. While the smaller sensor does introduce more noise to photos, the tradeoff between size/weight and image quality is acceptable to me, especially since I mostly share over the internet and I don't print often. Functionality: The E-M1 has a number dials, buttons, and levers that are customizable, making switching settings truly a breeze. This was important to me, as it meant less time menu-diving and more time actually shooting. Of course, other professional mirrorless cameras, such as the X-T1 also have great layouts (especially the dedicated ISO dial), but I found the E-M1 very intuitive when I tested it in person. Lens lineup: Micro four thirds currently has the most mature mirrorless lens lineup available. The fact that both Olympus and Panasonic release excellent zoom and prime lenses makes MFT a very attractive and flexible option. Bottomline: Excellent M4/3 camera if you decide to go that route. Tradeoffs are size/weight vs IQ.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thumbs up! So far so good. Am very pleased. The 12-40mm 2.8 PRO lens is spot on although larger than I'd like. But it's packed with high quality glass and appears to be razor sharp. Appreciate the weather sealing. B&H's ordering process and customer service is fantastic!
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Camera and Lens This is a fantastic camera and lens. The camera takes sharp pictures and allows the photographer take complete control easilt. It also has the ability to take excellent composite and stacked images with processing in camera. It is the only camera with these features u to the best of my knowledge. It is also weather proof. The lens with the camera is an outstanding that will produce high quality images and covers the focal Rane most used. It is rugged and weather proof.
Date published: 2016-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deal of the Decade The EM1 and 12-40 f/2.8 is a formidable combo which is currently priced as the deal of the decade as Olympus purges the last of its EM1 stock now that the EM1 mark ii is out. The mark II is ideal for those that shoot lots and action and 4k video, if not mark 1 will hold you since IQ has not significantly improved. Also, if you are like me and think the Fully Articulating Screens are the work of the devil, and find the tilting screen is easier to use, (unless you are a selfie enthusiast), then go with the far more affordable mark I and spend your extra money on good glass. Much of what the camera can do it well known. I will add that the 12-40 lens has Pros and Cons. The Pro's are that it is sharp, even wide open but the biggest perk for me is the close focus ability, making it great for closeups on subjects like flowers or food. The Con is that the lens suffers from massive distortion, like 9 percent barrel at the wide end. This is corrected in jpg and many raw converters so you never know it. However, I use Photo Ninja which will let my see the true uncorrected capture where a frame filling square at the wide end will look more like a circle. Software nips and tucks to correct, then crops the excess. Seeing the difference in what was captured and what was lost is huge. My point is, if you shoot raw you need to apply lens correction with something like adobe (which does it automatically) or DXO. Same is true for the 7-14 f/2.8. The great optics are really software enhancements, unlike optically near perfect lenses like my old Fuji 14mm f/2.8. Anyway, at this combo price, get it while the deal lasts!!!
Date published: 2016-12-15
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