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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Announced

Olympus has launched what it claims to be the best MFT camera ever, the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

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Olympus has announced the flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds camera.

Olympus say the OM-D E-M1 sets a new benchmark in imaging quality for Olympus. It features a 16 megapixel live MOS sensor and is more compact than its rivals. The E-M1 will also feature better autofocus than its predecessor, featuring Dual Fast AF - one of the world's fastest Autofocus systems.

Read our Olympus OM-D E-M1 Hands-On Review
Read our Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Preview

The camera is splash, dust and freezeproof to -10 degrees, and is fully compatible with Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds standards thanks to its Dual Fast AF system. Dual Fast AF delivers very quick autofocus performance with both Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds lenses, which can be mounted on the E-M1 using an adapter. The camera detects which sort of lens you are using and switches automatically to the more suitable AF technology – either phase detection or contrast AF. This gives a range of 63 lenses, and growing, available to use.

Key features

  • 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • Phase detection AF on sensor
  • Dual Fast AF: Phase Detection / Contrast Detection Focus
  • 2.36million dot LCD EVF with 0.74x magnification
  • No AA / Optical Low Pass Filter on the sensor
  • New TruPic VII image processor
  • ISO100 (Low) to ISO25600
  • 1/8000s shutter speed
  • Full HD video with stereo sound, Mic socket
  • 5-axis in body image stabilisation
  • 10fps continuous shooting (upto 41 RAW shots)
  • 6.5fps continuous AF (upto 50 RAW shots)
  • Wi-Fi and remote operation
  • Dust / Splash / Freeze proof (to -10C)
The E-M1 features a new EVF with full 1.48x magnification, which is approximately 1.3x larger than a typical DSLR. In addition to high, 2,360,000-dot resolution, Dual Fast AF and automatic backlight adjustment, the EVF scores over optical viewfinders with a new feature that is unique to the OM-D E-M1. HDR Preview Mode allows you to monitor HDR images in the EVF before you shoot and you can likewise experiment with four key settings before shutter release: aspect ratio, magnification, colour and highlight & shadow. It also features built in Wi-Fi for remote shutter release, live view mirroring and P, A, S and M control.
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Olympus’ Hybrid 5-axis Image Stabilization is exceptional because it compensates for movement around the axis of the lens as well as horizontal and vertical shift, and the usual yaw and pitch. This makes it noticeably easier to capture sharp, hand-held stills, especially at large zoom ratios.

The OM-D E-M1 was designed in close collaboration with pro photographers who gave Olympus a wish list of ways to make cameras more ergonomic. With an eye on the fate of unwieldy DSLRs, re-assignable dials, switches and rings are big and beautifully laid out to ensure the camera sits comfortably in your hand and is easy to use. For example, you can adjust aperture and exposure using two dials on the back, then flick a lever to change the function of the dials and adjust ISO and white balance with the same movement.

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Olympus is offering E-M1 owners a Service Plus package and extended warranty – both free of charge. Customers who sign up for Service Plus will enjoy flagship service that includes a priority hotline number, personal camera pick-up and fast-lane repair.

Olympus will also give E-System camera owners an adapter worth approximately £179 when they purchase the E-M1 by November, 2013. Customers who pre-register before the October sales start will receive an HLD-7 vertical grip free of charge. This practical grip attaches to the bottom of the camera and makes it easier to shoot potentially awkward shots without shaking.

The Olympus O-MD E-M1 will be available to pre order from mid October 2013. It will cost £1299 body only, and £1949 with the new M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens.

Read our Olympus OM-D E-M1 Hands-On Review
Read our Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Preview

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Accessories:

  • Free MMF-3 dust & splashproof** Four Thirds mount adapter for Four Thirds users. The adapter is designed for mounting a Four Thirds lens on a Micro Four Thirds camera body, and is ideal for use with the dust & splashproof** ‘Pro’ and ‘Top Pro’ series lenses – available until end of November 2013.
  • Lens system camera bag (CBG-10) and E-M1 soft case (CS-42). Keep your equipment safe and capture a wide variety of shots.
  • Quilted case (CS-43) and straps (CSS-P118). The neck strap is washable. 
  • Underwater housing (PT-EP11). For dives down to 45 metres, with an exchangeable port.
  • Vertical grip. Detachable HLD-7 grip for enhanced stability with awkward or long hand-held exposures
For more information, take a look at the Olympus website.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeLive MOS Sensor
Sensor SizeMicro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:5
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1037k
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
Viewfinder Resolution2.36million
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeBLN-1 Li-ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA rating)330shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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26 Sep 2013 7:50PM
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