Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus has just invited you to move into the new world by announcing their newest OM-D E-M1 camera to replace the previous model OM-D E-M5 which has been successfully satisfy his fans. Now, Olympus back to offer the latest camera that can invite prospective buyers of DSLR to move into Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC). OM-D E-M1 has a compact design and has larger body like DSLR. The camera is equipped with the latest features like 16.3 Megapixel sensor, a new AF Dual Fast system, a new TruePic VII Processor, no optical low-pass filter, an electronic viewfinder 2.36m-dot, 5-axis image stabilization, and weather-sealed. It’ll available on the market October 2013.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

 Features & Design

Olympus OM-D E-M1 has created as the successor to the OM-D E-M5 and promises picture quality that rivals the full frame DSLR camera. The camera is equipped with the latest features like new 16.3 Megapixel Image Sensor, new Dual Fast AF system, a new TruePic VII image processor, no optical low-pass filter, an electronic viewfinder 2.36m-dot, 5-axis image stabilization, and weather-sealed. The TruePic VII image processor is very effective in reducing noise and color fading on the picture at high ISO shooting. While the new Fine Detail Processing II technology is able to maintain the sharpness of the image well.

Body & Sensor Olympus OM-D-E-M1 (credit: Olympus)

Additionally, this camera uses the same features as the OM-D E-M5 is a built-in 5-Axis Image Stabilization with Multi-Motion IS mechanism to reduce the effect of camera shake and blurring of the 5-way. Besides, equipped with the latest features, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 also offers an ergonomic design so you do not need to add an extra grip. Camera body is made of durable magnesium alloy and equipped with weather protection and resistance to moisture and dust when used under any circumstances.

Performance & Image Quality

Olympus OM-D E-M1 is equipped with a dual autofocus system that is Contrast AF and On-Chip Phase Detection AF. The Autofocus camera automatically selects one of the 37-point method of On-Chip Phase Detection AF or 81-point Contrast Detection AF. While VII TruePic image processor, lets you shoot up to 10 frames per second with 41-RAW images in a single autofocus (AF-S) mode and 6.5 frames per second with 50-RAW images in continuous autofocus (C-AF) mode. You will be very impressed with the viewfinder (EVF) ability that is fantastic.


The Electronic viewfinder has a resolution of 2.36 million dots and a 1.48x magnification factor (35mm equivalent of 0.74 x) and the displaytime lag is only 0.029 seconds. Moreover, this camera is able to respond quickly even in low-light shooting conditions. And with the addition of professional lenses, you will get professional quality results. We can not wait to know the quality of the image and video result from the Olympus OM-D E-M1 until this camera available in the market at a price of $ 1,399.99 in October 2013.

Should I buy the camera?

By looking at its large body that almost like a DSLR and various improvements which is offered by the Olympus OM-D E-M1 will be enough to attract DSLR users switch to a compact camera system. This camera has a large sensor and outstanding image quality, as well as a large and impressive electronic viewfinder (EVF). The OM-D E-M1 has improved image quality, improved design, and the excellent electronic viewfinder as well as the addition of WiFi connectivity.

Although expensive, by seeing at the advantages from the OM-D E-M1, this camera is worth to buy. As competitors, the Canon EOS 70D is also worth to be seen and considered.

Rating: ★★★★½


 Imaging Technology

Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds

Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)

+ Actual: 16.8 Megapixel
+ Effective: 16.3 Megapixel

Max Resolution 15.9MP: 4608 x 3456 @ 4:3

Other Resolutions
+ 4.9MP: 2560 x 1920 @ 4:3
+ 1.3MP: 1280 x 980 @ 4:3
+ 0.3MP: 640 x 480 @ 4:3

Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
+ Movies: AVI, MJPEG, MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
+ Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo), WAV

Bit Depth 12-bit

Dust Reduction System Yes

Noise Reduction Yes

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way


Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL

+ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps
+ 1280 x 720: 30 fps
+ 640 x 480: 30 fps

Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9

Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min

Audio Recording
+ Built-in Mic: With Still Images & Video, Stereo,
+ Optional External Mic: With Still Images & Video,

Focus System

Focus Type Auto & Manual

Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)

Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 81

Phase Detection: 37

Viewfinder/LCD 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%

Live View Yes

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600

+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 60 – 1/8000 sec
+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 30 – 1 min 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 – EV 20.0

+ Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in .3, .5 or 1 EV steps)

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Sunlight, Underwater

Burst Rate Up to 10 fps, Up to 6.5 fps


Flash Modes
+ Modes: Auto, Fill-in, Manual, Off, Red-eye Reduction, Second-curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, TTL Auto,

+ Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in .3, .5 or 1 EV steps)

Built-in Flash No

Max Sync Speed 1 / 320 sec

Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in .3, .5 or 1 EV steps)

Dedicated Flash System TTL Groups: 4 Channels: 4

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal, Proprietary, Wireless


In-Camera Image Editing Aspect, Black and White, Cropping, Gradation Auto, Image Overlay, Monochrome, Postrecording, RAW Development, Red-eye Correction, Resize Image, Saturation, Sepia, Shadow Adjustment, Trim, e-Portrait

Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps

Self Timer
+ 12 sec, 2 sec
+ Custom: 1-30 sec at 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 sec intervals
+ Number of Shots: 1-10

Interval Recording Yes

Connectivity USB 2.0, HDMI D (Micro) (out), 1/8″ Microphone (in)

Wi-Fi Capable Yes


Battery 1x BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.6VDC, 1220mAh

Operating/Storage Temperature
+ Operating
14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)

+ Humidity: 30 – 90%

Weight & Measurements

Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 3.7 x 2.5″ / 130.4 x 93.5 x 63.1 mm CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions

Weight 1.09 lb / 497 g CIPA guideline compliant, with battery and memory card

Video Reviews

Preview Video By BigDogsTopTips

Hands-on Field Test Video By TheCameraStoreTV

Hands-on Video By CHIP Online

Hands-on Video By DigitalRev TV

Hands-on Video By Gordon Laing

Hands-on Video By Steve Huff

Sample Photos

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Sample Photos

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Sample Photos @ Ephotozine

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Sample Photos @ Flickr

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Sample Photos @ Imaging-resource

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Sample Photos @ Amateurphotographer

User Manual

Olympus OM-D E-M1 User Manual (PDF)

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– Download Olympus OM-D E-M1 User Manual (PDF – 4.7 MB)


Listed below are some of the rivals of the Olympus OM-D E-M1.


Olympus OM-D E-M5 Reviews

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Canon EOS 70D Reviews

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

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