Marvellous: Olympus OM-D E-M1 reviewed
4.5Overall Score
Price (RRP): $1599 Manufacturer: Olympus

The second of the bigger mirror-less cameras from Olympus, the E-M1 reinvents the an SLR from the 70s with bits of today, making it a standout camera for tomorrow.

Features

An update to last year’s entry in the OM-D range of cameras, the E-M1 might be the model professional photographers have been looking for, with Olympus looking back at the model and refreshing it in the attempt to perfect the camera.

Some of the specs sound the same as what appeared in last year, but rather than reinvent the wheel, it appears that Olympus is just trying to make it better than ever, with a new sensor, faster autofocus, improved colour processing, better wireless control, and a few other new features to boot.

We’ll start with the specs, and in the E-M1, Olympus has included a rebuilt 16.3 megapixel LiveMOS sensor, not a huge change from the megapixel included in the E-M5, but from what we understand, it’s been improved considerably.

Also improved is the TruePic VII system, which processes your images for colour balance and contrast, effectively striking the right balance for making life-like images.

The system supports ISO rages from 100 to 25600, with images capable of being shot in either RAW, JPEG, or both simultaneously, while video has the choice of MOV and AVI formats.

Two viewfinders are available in this camera, with a 3 inch touchscreen vari-angle LCD on the back, as well as an electronic viewfinder built into the body just like its predecessor, though the viewfinder in this camera does display 2.36 megapixels of information.

Autofocus is controlled by a system that works with both contrast detection and phase difference, effectively resulting in fast autofocus, with a solid amount of shooting modes complimenting this, including your typical selection of manual modes — aperture, shutter, program, and manual — as well as automatic, art, scene, and a framing mode.

There are multiple buttons to customise your experience, all of which have been crafted in metal, which is what the body has been made from.

The memory being used here is an SDHC card, of which the slot sits on the right side, with the battery compartment below under the grip, and ports for USB, HDMI, 3.5mm headset jack compatible with microphones.

Performance

Up until recently, Olympus has had a few types of cameras.