From the photokina Floor: The Chrome Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 3 New Zooms


The top-of-the-line Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera is a svelte, cool-looking compact system camera. But it really comes across as a retro classic when it’s clad in a traditional chrome finish and sports a matching chrome M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens. It resembles the classic 35mm Olympus OMs of yore.

But beneath its fashion-forward exterior is the same magnesium-alloy chassis, 16MP Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor, TruePic VII image processor, 5-axis image stabilization system, incredibly fast Dual (phase- and contrast-detect) AF system, and bright, 2.36M-dot EVF that have made it a kind of cult compact among pros. It’s also no slouch at shooting with Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps in MOV or AVI Motion JPEG format and it features a built-in stereo microphone as well as an external microphone input.

Olympus also added three fast zooms to its extensive line of compact M. ZUIKO lenses for the OM-D line: a dustproof/splash-proof M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO wide-angle (14-28mm equivalent), a long M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO telephoto (80-300mm equivalent, an ideal complement to the 12-40mm), and a really long fixed-focal-length telephoto, the M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm f/4.0 PRO (600mm equivalent) aimed primarily at nature and sports shooters. But it’s also great for tight portraits and has a cool, collapsible locking lens hood that stores on the barrel.

As is the case for the entire M. ZUIKO line, these new lenses are quite compact for their range, and the Micro Four Thirds system provides excellent light-gathering power, thanks to its nearly square dimensions that correspond to the lens’s actual circular coverage field.