The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is here

EM1 waterproof hoodAre you a pro-photographer shooting mirror-less? Olympus has some news just for you: the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is now official! The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is not just successor in name to the original flagship camera but the E-M1′s tweaks makes this easily one of the most advanced micro four-thirds cameras around.

What’s New?

The E-M1 is ready to work by pairing the 16.3MP sensor we’re familiar with Olympus’s new TruePic VII sensor – providing improved image reproduction and greater noise reduction at high ISOs. Also new to the E-M1 is the all new autofocusing system, DUAL FAST AF. The DUAL FAST AF system boasts 37-point on-chip phase-detection AF or 81-point contrast-detection AF which translates to faster autofocusing times with both ZUIKO and M.ZUIKO lenses.

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Pros need more control and fewer menus and the E-M1 delivers in spades. By adding a 2×2 dial control, advanced photographers can set up their E-M1 to fit their style of shooting without having to fumble through menus.

Expanding on the ruggedness of the E-M5, the E-M1 adds freeze proof capabilities (“guaranteed operation down to 14-degrees Fahrenheit”). The E-M1′s magnesium alloy body is sealed and made to resist moisture and dust as well.

One of our favorite additions to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 however, is the addition of a dedicated
“mic-in” jack for an external microphone when recording HD video. Looks like Panasonic isn’t the only camera manufacturer with an emphasis on video.

The bells and whistles

Olympus makes it easy for you to trust the technology and just make your image. Some added features in the Olympus OM-D E-M1 includes focus peaking (for use with older, manual lenses), built-in WiFi, in-camera HDR (2 available factory settings), and an upgraded EVF with 1.48x magnification factor.

Who it’s for?

Make no mistake about it this release is for the pros. Olympus has found a way to improve on the E-M5′s feature set by adding the features that matter most to pros: a faster sensor, better protection against the elements, a larger, more robust EVF, and tons of customization options for the way you shoot means this camera is ready to work.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is slated for an October 2013 release and is expected to retail for around $1399.99 (body only). Be sure to check out the glamour shots below and Pre-order your Olympus EM1, Grip and 12-40 f/2.8 here


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4 Responses to The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is here

  1. TC September 10, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    When they say faster AF, can you compare a bit to the E5? I’ve been slowly incorporating the E5 into my wedding work and totally missed a few key moments that I had to recreate because the E5 with Lumix 12-35 couldn’t grab focus in a well lit church…

    Another thing that was upsetting was not being able to access camera functions when in RC mode. If I wanted to adjust anything beyond Ap and Shutter I have to turn off RC, access the desired menu, make adjustments, go back and turn on RC, and adjust accordingly… way too many steps in a fluid environment.

    • Alberto Lima September 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

      Just wanted to be sure (had to re-read this) but you’re asking about a comparison between the Olympus E-5 (Four-thirds) vs. the E-M1 (micro four-thirds)? Just want to be sure when answering.

      • TC September 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

        Hi, sorry my bad. The E-M5

  2. kristin May 4, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    Can you help me? I have had the em-1 for a few weeks now and when I used my 60mm macro, I noticed that the internal elements of the image stabilization feel loose and like they slide around inside. It sounds like prisms sliding around and gently hitting each other. Front to back and side to side I can feel and hear a clunk. Is this normal?

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