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Hands on with the New Olympus OM-D E-M1


Earlier today Olympus announced its new OM-D E-M1 flagship camera. This new advanced mirrorless camera combines two existing lines of Olympus cameras – the DSLR (E range – more specifically the E5) and the mirrorless rage (more specifically the OM-D line – to which the new model belongs).

So what is new in the E-M1 in comparison to the E-M5 which was announced last year and received quite a bit of positive feedback from users? Here are some features (some new, some improved):

  • New 16MP Four Thirds format sensor without a low-pass filter (for sharper images)
  • On-sensor phase detection elements (for improved focus – especially with older 4/3 lenses which needs phase detection to operate well).
  • True Pic VII processor.
  • Lens correction function in the camera.
  • 100-25,600 ISO range.
  • ‘5-axis’ image stabilization with auto panning detection.
  • Shooting speed – up to 10fps (6.5 fps shooting with continuous AF).
  • Digital viewfinder – 1.04 million dot 3″ touchscreen display with 80° upwards tilt and 50° downwards tilt.
  • Electronic viewfinder: 2.36M-dot LCD, 0.74x magnification (equiv.), eye sensor
  • Wi-Fi for for remote shooting, image transfer etc.
  • 60-1/8000 seconds shutter speed.
  • 1/320 sec flash sync (and a flash X-sync socket).
  • Built-in microphone socket (no other Olympus camera had it so far).
  • Focus ‘peaking’ feature (not in video though).
  • 2 mode advanced HDR.
  • Several control dials and dedicated bottoms (for extensive personal control).

Along with the E-M1 Olympus also announced  a new high quality zoom lens – M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 – quite similar to the Panasonic 12-35mm but without image stabilization (Olympus bodies comes with built in IS after all).

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Pricing for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (body) will stand at $1400 (you can already pre-order it on B&H). The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 will go for around a $1000 (also available for pre-order).

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The video above shows Chris Niccolls from TheCameraStore as he takes the new OM-D E-M1 for a spin and test it out. If you want some more technical look – Gordon Laing from CameraLabs.com has his own look at the new camera which you can check out below:

Some more images of the Olympus OM-D E-M1:

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