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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16MP and 3-Inch LCD (Body Only) (Black)

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  • 16.3MP CMOS Four Thirds sensor with 5-axis sensor shift image stabilization
  • 10 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Contrast detect and phase detect AF
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • 1080 30 fps HD video (H.264/Motion JPEG)
  • Tiltable 3 inch touchscreen LCD with 1,037,000 dots
  • Electronic viewfinder with 2,360,000 dots (1.3x magnification)
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Viewfinder LCD LCD LCD LCD
Max Resolution 16.3 MP 16.1 MP 16.1 MP 16.3 MP
Continuous Shooting Speed 10 9 8 8
Image Stabilization Y Y Y N
Monitor Size 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches
Video Capture Resolution 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1080p hd 1080p hd 1080p hd
Battery Description BLN-1 lithium-ion battery pack Lithium-Ion BLN-1 rechargeable battery & charger BLS-5 Li-ion battery and charger NP-W126
Flash Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II)
Optical Sensor Technology MOS MOS CMOS CMOS
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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Compact System Camera
What are the advantages of mirrorless cameras?
DPReview Gold Award October 2013
If you want to feel like you're shooting with a DSLR, but still want the size and agility of a mirrorless camera, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option than the E-M1.
Richard Butler Richard Butler Allison Johnson Allison Johnson Andy Westlake Andy Westlake
84%

Conclusion

In most respects the E-M1 does a good job bridging the gap between a traditional DSLR and a Micro Four Thirds camera. Its controls and customizability may overwhelm less hands-on users, but those who don't mind tinkering will love its flexibility. The improved autofocus tracking and performance with original Four Thirds lenses adds to the appeal of a camera with blazingly fast AF acquisition speeds with its native lenses.

Reasons to buy

  • Sturdy and compact weather-resistant body
  • Excellent image quality
  • Well designed, customizable controls
  • Bright, sharp electronic viewfinder

Things to consider

  • Interface and controls can be overwhelming initially
  • AF with Four Thirds lenses is slow in dim conditions
  • Disappointing video quality
  • Unintuitive in-camera Raw conversion interface

Suggested for

Those who prefer viewfinder shooting, want a relatively compact system camera without sacrificing external controls of a DSLR.

Not suggested for

Sports and fast action demanding very fast burst rates, very low light, and users with little interest in customizing camera functions.
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Product Description

Color: Black | Style: Body Only

Product Description

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 unleashed a revolution in photography. The OM-D E-M1 is starting another. Stay on the leading edge of the imaging technology curve with the new OM-D E-M1. It embodies the revolutionary design elements that will send your imagination into overdrive-at warp speed. Full magnesium alloy body construction, an intuitive control layout with customizable direct control buttons, an interactive “best in class” large, easy to view, 1.48X viewfinder, and In-Body 5-Axis Image Stabilization combine to create one extraordinary photographic tool for professionals and serious photo enthusiasts alike.

The OM-D E-M1 is the new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera system in the OM line that’s as adventurous, imaginative, creative, fast and revolutionary as you are. So you can take amazing pictures from anywhere, anytime, under any conditions.

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THE OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1.
RE-IMAGINED. REDESIGNED. REVOLUTIONIZED.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 - Re-Imagined. Redesigned. Revolutionized.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 unleashed a revolution in photography. The OM-D E-M1 is starting another. Stay on the leading edge of the imaging technology curve with the new OM-D E-M1. It embodies the revolutionary design elements that will send your imagination into overdrive. Full magnesium alloy body construction, an intuitive control layout with customizable direct control buttons, an interactive "best in class" large, easy to view, 1.48X viewfinder, and In-Body 5-Axis Image Stabilization combine to create one extraordinary photographic tool for professionals and serious photo enthusiasts alike, all in a portable, lightweight body. Powerful, yet ergonomic and comfortable to hold and carry.

The OM-D E-M1 is the new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera system in the OM line that’s as adventurous, imaginative, creative, fast and revolutionary as you are. So you can take amazing pictures from anywhere, anytime, under any conditions.

OI.Share IconOI.Share - Olympus Image Share
Stay on the Leading Edge of the Imaging Technology Curve

STAY ON THE LEADING EDGE OF THE IMAGING TECHNOLOGY CURVE WITH THE INCREDIBLE SPEED OF THE NEW OM-D E-M1.

With the new 16MP Live MOS Image Sensor with DUAL FAST PHASE AND CONTRAST AF Sensor, the OM-D E-M1 automatically switches between Contrast Detection AF or Phase Detection AF to deliver blazing fast autofocus speeds—no matter which Olympus Zuiko lens you use. All of our lenses—from our super-quiet MSC Micro Four-Thirds lenses to our renowned SWD FourThirds lenses work seamlessly and to their full potential when paired with the OM-D E-M1.

Dual FAST AF

The exclusive Olympus FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System focuses at an astonishing speed and offers 37 separate focus areas in on-chip phase detection mode and 81 areas in contrast detection, spread over the image area.

Embodying Revolutionary Design Elements

EMBODYING REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN ELEMENTS THAT WILL SEND YOUR IMAGINATION INTO OVERDRIVE.

The new, interactive high-definition EVF features a 2.36 million dot resolution, an impressive 1.48x magnification, 29ms image display time lag, eye sensor for automatic switching between the EVF and monitor and intuitive functionality for real-time viewing of any shooting situation. You can control shooting situations without your eye leaving the viewfinder.

Trouble-free shooting in all environments is assured by our proven seals that protect the camera from sand, dust, rain, ice and water spray. The tough magnesium body makes the OM-D E-M1 ideal for rugged outdoor photography.

Powerful Versatility

POWERFUL VERSATILITY. OM-D E-M1 IS PART OF A COMPLETE; AND COMPLETELY VERSATILE SYSTEM.

There are over 57 fully compatible lenses available for the OM-D E-M1, including 32 Olympus Zuiko Digital and M.Zuiko Digital lenses plus dozens of others from Four Thirds consortium members. Features such as Focus Peaking and Magnified Focus Assist let you use your favorite OM lens with the appropriate adapter for beautiful results.

THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF FEATURES FOR THE PROFESSIONAL IMAGE QUALITY YOU DEMAND.

The OM-D E-M1 is equipped with 5-Axis image stabilization system with IS-Auto. 5-Axis IS compensates for vertical, horizontal, and rotational camera shake that conventional 2-axis systems could not. The new IS-Auto mode detects both vertical and horizontal panning and automatically deactivates image stabilization on the panning axis, so you can take spectacular panning photos of objects such as a speeding car.

BUILT-IN WIRELESS ALLOWING FOR FULL CONTROL OF THE OM-D E-M1, WITHOUT TOUCHING THE CAMERA!

O.I. Share - Olympus Image Share

Using the OI. Share app, you can preview your composition, choose the AF point and release the shutter; perfect for tripod or portrait shooting. Connect easy with the QR Code Connection and add geotags to your photos by simply sending the high-precision GPS log data recorded by OI. Share to your camera.

Take your Creativity to New Heights

LET THE OM-D E-M1 TAKE YOUR CREATIVITY TO NEW HEIGHTS.

The new Color Creator feature lets you adjust Hue and Chroma right in the EVF and preview the effect "real time". Two types of HDR shooting enable high-quality images that can easily be captured with 12EV wide-range bracketing shooting. Twelve in-camera Art Filters are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. You can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as filming 1080 HD movies. Expand your photographic possibilities with Interval shooting and Time Lapse Video.
Take your Creativity to New Heights


Product Details

Color: Black | Style: Body Only
User Manual [4.53mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 2.5 x 3.7 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00EQ07PG2
  • Item model number: V207010BU000
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,809 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 9, 2013

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685 of 728 people found the following review helpful By shuTTL3bus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 15, 2013
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It is not readily apparent on Amazon, but until, 2 December 2013, Olympus has 2 promotions going on for this camera. The first is order this camera and either the MMF-3 (needed to shoot 4/3 lenses on the EM1) or the FL-300R at the same time and get reimbursed for the cost of the accessory. The second is order the EM1 and the 12-40mm and get $200 back. Both of these promotions can be used with one camera purchase. I have put the links in the comments section.

If I were only allowed to own one camera but could choose any camera I wanted in the world, the EM1 would be the camera I would choose (The GX7 would be the next if the EM1 was not available). This camera is an almost faultless camera that is a real joy to hold and use. Oh, it also makes amazing photographs. It is one of the best built cameras around. It feels nice and solid and every switch has the perfect feel to it. There is no better built or nicer feeling camera in any price range. While I am more of a function over form type of person, the jewel like quality of this camera does up the emotional joy of using this camera.

Unfortunately, I need to digress here to address two ridiculous arguments I read all over the web and then hear parroted by people who have no idea what they are talking about. I hate wasting time and if you are not interested then skip down to the asterisk and the review will continue there.

The first bit of misinformation deals with what I call sensor envy. It goes something like this: m43 is a fine stop gap measure until you can afford a so called "full-frame" sensor and thus are able to become a real photographer. This is a pretty complex issue so I have put a great deal of detail in a discussion on the subject at the end of this review.
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185 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Steve Huff on October 14, 2013
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I have thoroughly used and reviewed this camera over the past several weeks (review sample from Olympus) and have been wowed, shocked and surprised at the results. I originally thought this would be an E-M5 with a better build, feel and faster AF and at the end of the day I found it to be much more. Due to the lack of an AA filter, the IQ has indeed been enhanced. Images are sharper/crisper and the high ISO has also been improved. I have written 5700 words on this camera and shared a ton of images as well as a comparison against a Leica M. At the end of the day this camera is so good, I ordered one from Amazon for myself.

Below is my "FInal Conclusion" from the full review I posted on my website on the E-M1:

Well here we are in 2013 and the choices for all of us crazy enthusiasts are plentiful and excellent. We finally have a definitive Micro 4/3 camera body that is pro level and can do just about anything one needs it to do and do it in any weather. As always, I review cameras from an enthusiasts point of view in a real world way. There are things I do not even get into like Flash, because I have not used a flash in 14 years. I am anti-flash even though I know it is good to have on some occasions. But as an enthusiast and a passionate photographer who has seen it all and used them all, I can say with confidence that the OM-D E-M1 is one of the best cameras "as a whole" that I have ever reviewed. It is superb. Yes, there are others with better overall IQ and others with better high ISO but as a whole, speaking of the whole package, nothing else has come close.

You have seen me rant and rave about a few different camera models over the year. Leica's and Sony's for the most part.
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192 of 210 people found the following review helpful By Emmanuel on November 2, 2013
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It appears that current bayer sensor technology has hit a ceiling. The E-M1's image improvement over the E-M5 is not as big of leap as the E-M5 was over the 12mp PEN series and Sony's new 36mp camera does not improve upon Nikon's D800 (Sony) sensor. However, there is much more to cameras than sensors. With the exception of the D4, I previously owned every semi-pro and professional Nikon camera since the D2 and I now shoot with Canon and not one client has complained because they can see I am getting 2-stops less dynamic range than I used to when I shot with D800. Camera brand means very little to me, they are just tools. As of now, this is the best m4/3 camera in the market and one of the best mirrorless cameras period. For video, the Panasonic GH3 is the best choice (See comments). ***Update Panasonic GH4 is now the king of video

Both my primary and backup cameras are full frame DSLRs. If the E-M1 had two SD slots I would have bought two and made it my new system of choice, so for now, it is my 2nd backup, my travel, studio, and just about everything else camera. Below I will weigh its pros and cons against the E-M5 and a few other DSLRs.
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APOLOGIES FOR SUCH A LONG REVIEW. I HAVE CONSIDERED SHORTENING IT.

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SIZE:
It is tiny, any reports about m4/3 losing its way by creating such a large camera are greatly exaggerated. Reading the dimensions online does not compare to actually holding it, any smaller and it would be too small.

DYNAMIC RANGE:
On par with Canon full-frames, ETTR (Expose to the right) is very important to get the best files, more so than Canon and especially Nikon FF DSLRs.
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