Olympus blends E-M5 and E-5 to create OM-D E-M1 flagship ILC

Olympus has announced its new OM-D E-M1 interchangeable lens camera, which is now the flagship of its Micro Four Thirds lineup. Rather than calling it the follow-up to the E-M5, Olympus says that the E-M1 is actually the ‘successor’ to the E-5, a Four Thirds DSLR introduced back in 2010.  

The E-M1’s 16.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor has on-chip phase detection, which promises to focus legacy Four Thirds lenses (using the optional MMF-3 adapter) at much faster speeds than previous Olympus m4/3 cameras.

Other interesting features include the E-M1’s large electronic viewfinder, which has a magnification of 1.48X, a touch-enabled LCD, a rugged body that is water, dust, and freezeproof, and an impressive number of customizable buttons. Wi-Fi is also included.

The OM-D EM-1 will be available in October in a body-only configuration for $1399.99 / £1299.99. Buyers in the UK can get the HLD-7 battery grip if they pre-order the camera before launch, plus the MMF-3 Four Thirds adapter if they purchase the E-M1 by the end of November.

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Press Release:


CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 10, 2013 – In response to the demand for a compact system camera as powerful as a professional DSLR, Olympus introduces the OM-D E-M1®, its new premium flagship camera and worthy Micro Four Thirds successor to the Olympus E-5 DSLR. The E-M1 has a revolutionary design for advanced photographers looking for a high-performance tool in a compact system camera package. The powerful E-M1 is packed with incredible speed and image quality that rivals full-frame DSLRs, in a portable yet lightweight body designed to go anywhere.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 now works seamlessly with all ZUIKO Digital lenses, in addition to working with M.ZUIKO Digital lenses, so photographers can enjoy optimum performance of the entire Olympus lens lineup. This is possible due to advanced DUAL FAST AF system that combines both Contrast AF and On-Chip Phase Detection AF. DSLR users familiar with an optical viewfinder will marvel at its electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is as large as a full-frame DSLR viewfinder and has added creative control. Its ergonomic body provides easy access to all manual controls and is ready for action in the most difficult shooting conditions.

Olympus also announces today the development of two new high-performance lenses, establishing the M.ZUIKO PRO lens category. The ZUIKO Digital ED 12–40mm f2.8 PRO lens (24–80mm, 35mm equivalent) and the ZUIKO Digital ED 40–150mm f2.8 PRO (80–300mm, 35mm equivalent) will expand the imaging options for professionals and serious photo enthusiasts alike.

DSLR Image Quality

With the OM-D E-M1, experience the highest image quality of any Olympus camera through the combination of a new 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor, a new TruePic VII image processor, and its best-in-class M.ZUIKO lenses. The TruePic VII image processor reduces noise and color fading at high ISOs for improved image reproduction. New Fine Detail Processing II technology configures the appropriate sharpness processing for each individual lens for natural, high-quality resolution, as well as reducing compression artifacts when recording movies.

Fast and Accurate AF for Complete Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds Lens Compatibility

The newly developed DUAL FAST AF selects the ideal method, depending on lens type and settings: either 37-point On-Chip Phase Detection AF or 81-point Contrast Detection AF to maximize the performance of both ZUIKO and M.ZUIKO lenses. Both systems work together to significantly improve continuous autofocus tracking performance when a Micro Four Thirds lens is attached and C-AF is selected. Users can select Group Target AF for a variety of situations, Small Target AF for pinpoint shooting, or Super Spot AF for capturing even smaller subjects and specifying a small area focus location during macro shooting.

The TruePic VII engine supports 10 frames-per-second shooting with a 41-picture RAW buffer in single autofocus (S-AF) mode and 6.5 frames-per-second shooting with a 50-picture RAW buffer in continuous autofocus (C-AF) mode.

New Super-Large Interactive Electronic Viewfinder

The E-M1’s advanced, built-in Interactive Electronic Viewfinder features a 1.48x (35mm equivalent of .74x) magnification factor that rivals full-frame DSLR cameras. The extremely high-resolution 2.36 million-dot LCD panel provides a large, clear image that is on a par with optical viewfinders. Tracking moving subjects is completely natural, with a display time lag of only 0.029 seconds. Users can experiment with aspect ratio, magnification, color, and highlight and shadow, and the effects of camera settings on subjects are viewable prior to capturing the finished image. Adaptive Brightness Control raises the brightness when shooting in bright outdoor conditions and lowers the brightness in dark indoor conditions, reducing visual errors from light and dark adaptation of the eye.

Color Creator is a new easy-to-use tool that fine-tunes hue and color saturation using the intuitive GUI and Live View screen, so users can create original images imbued with their own choice of colors. Creative Color was created with a designer’s sensitivity in mind, and hue can be adjusted in 30 steps, and color saturation adjusted in eight steps, including the baseline.

The Most Effective 5-Axis Image Stabilization System

The Olympus E-M1’s built-in 5-Axis Image Stabilization with Multi-Motion IS mechanism reduces the effects of camera motion and image blur from five directions. Whether shooting stills or HD video, even the motion blur caused by walking or running is stabilized. New algorithms make image stabilization more effective at low shutter speeds. When it is employed while panning during still image shooting or movie recording, IS-AUTO mode automatically detects the camera’s movements and provides optimal correction regardless of direction or camera orientation – even when panning in a diagonal direction. Users can check the image stabilization effects on the Live View screen as well as the viewfinder to accurately frame and focus, even during telephoto or macro shooting. Multi-Motion IS, used in combination with the 5-Axis Image Stabilization mechanism, produces excellent correction during movie recording.

Rugged Freeze, Splash, Dustproof Durability

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 expands the dustproof and splashproof capabilities of the E-M5 even further with freezeproof capabilities — guaranteed operation down to 14 ºF — for the best environmental resistance of any Olympus interchangeable lens camera. Its durable magnesium alloy body, and weather-resistant seals and gaskets block moisture and dust for use in any environment, without sacrificing image quality. The camera’s Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF) dust reduction system vibrates at a super-high speed of more than 30,000 times per second to powerfully remove dust particles so users can shoot in dusty environments.

Ultimate Camera Control
Advanced photographers will appreciate the intuitive 2×2 Dial Control system to easily adjust four often-used functions with the camera’s lever or two dials: aperture/shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO speed and white balance. A built-in grip similar to that of the E-M5 makes shooting with Four Thirds lenses more comfortable, and all frequently accessed buttons are logically laid out. Controls are now more functional: the settings reset function is activated by pressing and holding the OK button and there is a toggle option for the My Settings shortcut and a locking mode dial to prevent unintentional movement of the mode dial during shooting or when removing the camera from a case or bag. The dedicated “mic-in” jack supports an external microphone when recording HD movies and a built-in X-Sync socket easily connects to studio strobes.

Built-In Wi-Fi
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 includes built-in Wi-Fi, and the set-up is simple. By quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera’s LCD with a smart device, it syncs with the Wi-Fi network created by the camera. The free Olympus Image Share 2.0 smartphone app synchronizes a user’s smartphone and E-M1 so the camera’s “Live View” is effectively displayed on the phone, and the camera can be controlled by touching the smartphone display as if it were the camera. This is ideal for taking self-portraits, capturing images of wildlife from a distance and sharing images easily online. The E-M1’s remote shooting function has been improved for use in all main shooting modes (P, A, S, M and iAUTO). Users can now wirelessly adjust various settings, such as the shutter speed, aperture value, ISO and exposure compensation, as well as operate the Live Bulb shooting mode from their Wi-Fi devices. They can also use their smartphone to embed GPS information into their images.

More Creative Features
New Diorama II adds to the popular range of Olympus in-camera Art Filters and offers left and right blur effect in addition to the top and bottom blur effect of Diorama I. The Olympus E-M1 is equipped with two variations of HDR Shooting – HDR1 and HDR2. With a single press of the shutter button, four images with differing exposures are captured and automatically merged in the camera into a single HDR high-contrast image or super-high-contrast image. Photo Story mode enables users to capture a scene from multiple viewpoints and then combine the images into a single image to create unique collages inside the camera. Time Lapse Movie converts the series of pictures taken using interval shooting into a movie inside the camera. The Time Lapse Movie length has been increased to a maximum of 100 seconds. The number of possible shots that can be captured with Interval Shooting has been increased to 999. The E-M1 is also equipped with Focus Peaking, which dramatically improves the usability of older manual focus lenses.

New High-Performance Lenses and Accessories for Every Shooting Challenge
The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens (24–80mm, 35mm equivalent) is the first model in the new M.ZUIKO PRO category and is scheduled for release at the same time as the Olympus OM-D E-M1. It features dustproof and waterproof performance, toughness and excellent image quality. Its mount employs the same type of sealing as the camera body and is Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) with high-speed, near-silent autofocus during still shooting and high-definition (HD) video capture. It maintains the brightness of a constant f2.8 aperture for high-grade image creation, one of the requirements of professional photographers for a high-performance lens.

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO (80–300mm, 35mm equivalent) also joins the new M.ZUIKO PRO lens category. This lens is currently under development, with a planned release in the latter half of 2014. It will be a telephoto zoom lens with a bright constant f2.8 aperture and will feature a dustproof and splashproof construction rugged enough for professional use.

Several new accessories are designed to complement the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and broaden the creative horizons of all advanced photographers. The HLD-7 Power Battery Holder is a dustproof and splashproof power battery holder that can enable the capture of approximately 680 shots (based on CIPA tests) between charges. It features a shutter button for shooting with the camera held vertically and two control dials and two function buttons for the same easy controls as when shooting from a horizontal position. The GS-5 Grip Strap for the HLD-7 keeps buttons and dials accessible even when the battery holder is attached. The PT-EP11 Underwater Case is made exclusively for the Olympus E-M1 and allows shooting down to 45 meters.

The new CBG-10 Camera Bag is compact, yet designed with Four Thirds lens use in mind, and the highly water-resistant CS-42SF Soft Camera Case, which is part of the Camera Bag CBG-10 system, is made exclusively for use with the E-M1. The CSS-P118 Shoulder Strap is made of washable material with a slender width that matches the versatility of the Micro Four Thirds System.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 will be available in October 2013 in the following configurations.
Estimated Street Price:
$1399.99 Body only, available in Black

To find out more about the OM-D E-M1, and for a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website at: http://www.getolympus.com/e-m1.html

Olympus OM-D EM-1 specifications

MSRP $1399/£1299
Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16.3 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 16.8 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor TruePIC VII
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO 100-25600 in 1/3EV or 1EV increments
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes ‘5-axis’ IS
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super Fine, Fine, Normal, Basic
File format
  • JPEG (DCF/Exif)
  • Raw (ORF)
  • MPO
Image parameters
  • Sharpness, contrast, saturation
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (2X)
Manual focus Yes (with focus peaking)
Number of focus points 81
Lens mount Micro 4/3 Lens Mount
Focal length multiplier 2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,037,000
Touch screen Yes
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100 %
Viewfinder magnification 1.3×
Viewfinder resolution 2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • iAuto
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
  • Bulb
  • Time
  • Scene Select
  • Art Filter
Scene modes
  • Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye conversion lens, Wide conversion lens, Macro Conv., 3D
Built-in flash No (compact external flash included)
External flash Yes (hot-shoe, wireless)
Flash modes Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), Manual
Flash X sync speed 1/320 sec
Drive modes
  • Single, sequential H, sequential L, self-timer (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis)
Videography features
  • H.264
  • Motion JPEG
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Videography notes 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with smartphone connectivity
Remote control Yes (optional RM-UC1 wired remote)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Dust, splash, freeze resistent)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BLN-1 lithium-ion battery pack
Battery Life (CIPA) 350
Weight (inc. batteries) 497 g (1.10 lb / 17.53 oz)
Dimensions 130 x 94 x 63 mm (5.13 x 3.68 x 2.48)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

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Olympus OM-D E-M1


Model Mike

Ugghh – that faux pentaprism is so passe! Might make a good perch for a parrot.


Only 14mp in proper 3:2 aspect ratio. :-/


these days engineering could be wildly free to put any controls anywhere. no mechanical constraint. so why should a modern camera look like this. olympus, you don’t get me with this, tiny, edgy, retro – whatever. your OM 35mm SLRs where legendary, but thats over now. why do i still have to press my greasy nosetip against the screen? IQ might be real good and the technology impressive, but this gear looks ridiculous to me. you let all this behind you when you burried the OM SLRs, only selling “bridge cameras” from there on. your FT DSLRs where plucky. liked them. serious tools. but this. give me a brick like Fuji X or the new panasonic gx-7, or excellent prospective ergonimics, or ….


Unfortunately its so ugly!

It appears way too big with the built in grip. I went M43 because i wanted something smaller than my FF… with proportions like this it is approaching APS-C size (and smaller FF sizes).

Why couldn’t they keep the original OM-D E-M5’s form factor?

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I still don’t feel like the design of the digital OMs is working. With a grip, the Evolts still look more balanced, and without a grip, which I think is the design that would live up better to the OM design, still show unbalanced design of the pentaprism-like top, and the general layout design of the top and (especially) the back look unattractive. They should try to get closer to the general proportions of the OM-1, that is, more rectangular body and less protruding pentaprism housing top.


I have to admit that Oly resolved the problem of legacy/DSLR lens backward-compatibility in somewhat better fasion than Pentax did with his K-01. Ergonomics are included this time.

Mike Arledge

Way too much money for that tiny sensor. While it is an impressive piece of equipment, there are too many other options with larger sensors at this price point. With many more lenses to choose from with other systems.


The price reflects the feature set rather than the sensor size. If it is out of your price range, there are plenty more affordable M43 cameras.


Hmmm…if they keep making more and more awesome bodies and lenses like this, I may finally feel fine getting rid of my FF DSLR. I loved the image quality of the E-M5 I had, but I could never get used to that weird body. It just felt bad in my hands. I hope they addressed the squishy buttons in this new model too 😉 Next time around, I may not buy another SLR. I may very well be on my last SLR…..maybe.


Only 6.5 fps with C-AF. EPIC FAIL (at this price, 7 fps 70D is $1200).

They needed 9-10 fps with C-AF+Tracking to have the price they want. As it is, it is a $1000 camera, not $1400.

Bill Rees

Only an “epic fail” if burst rate is the only reason you choose a camera.

Henry M. Hertz

well bill, i would never buy a sports camera that has only 3 FPS….. and that is not a fail.

some features are deal breakers when you need them.


I just looked up the 7D and saw it is 1499 MSRP, at 1339 now at Amazon. Cameras always come out a bit higher and lower quickly, probably as a marketing ploy. The prices are close to the same actually, with the EM1 having the same MSRP but being $60 more in the reduced price.

After looking around, it seems the 7D’s original MSRP was $1699. Apple to oranges, comparing launch price that will likely drop in a short while.


I wonder who’s going to break the m4/3 16MP barrier first… It seems a struggle every time a resolution upgrade is expected on (m)4/3 systems.


Well… there’s a reason they stay at 16. If you go higher, you get more noise, less dynamic range, and no appreciable increase in detail to compensate for the reduction in the other areas. 16 is already pushing it a bit.

It would be just like all compact cameras today, which were ruined by the megapixel race and would have been so much better if they’d stayed below 6 megapixels. Considering that most people never enlarge their images beyond 2 megapixels anyway, neither for screen display or printing, that would have been a good thing.


16MP seems to be rather optimal value for this sensor size…For pixel density considered, m43 is already having tough diffraction limit issues. Putting more pixels on it would get you no extra detail even from the best lenses available.
Seriously – what would you need more MP for? It’s more or less same resolution as 1DX…


I guess someone, then, needs to inform Canon, Sony, and Nikon to stop increasing resolution and switch back to lower MP… But something tells me that it has been a good thing that Canon moved on from 12MP 5D to 22MP 5D III… It is one thing that m4/3 sensors are reaching their limit and another whether more resolution can be actually used to improve IQ and crop tolerance. The 4/3 initiative committee should have thought of the innate limitation of a smaller sensor.


DPR: “Other interesting features include the E-M1’s large electronic viewfinder, which has a magnification of 1.48X”

But in the spec table you have 1.3x.

Also, you have put resolutions into “Videography notes”, comparison tables don’t look right because of it.

Henry M. Hertz

no question this is a nice camera.

question is… will it save olympus camera division?

m43 is under attack from other system cameras (most use APS-C sensors) and even smartphones.
we are speaking about the mass market here.. not a few enthusiasts.
m43 will always have the stigma of a smaller sensor.
you can produce excellent products and miss the market completely… i have seen it again and again.


I can agree about “being under attack” from APS-C…

but smartphones? how exactly… by any standards, the m4/3 sensor is still a LOT larger than for example Sony’s RX100/II sensor… and that is still larger than anything found in ANY smartphone to this very day.
arguably smartphones have improved a lot over the past 3 years… but in neither IQ (not even nokia’s flagship or sony’s flagship), nor Low Light, etc do they match even the “worst” of the m4/3 cameras out there (even outdated old ones).

Without doubt m4/3 is lacking in comparison to APS-C (and APS-C is lacking in comp. to 35mm full frame… and that is lacking compared to medium… etc.)
But m4/3 is better than any compact camera sensor out there.

so far only sony has managed to come close with it’s 1″ sensor…. which is still smaller than a m4/3

excellent product missing the market?
Last time I checked, Oly’s OM-D EM-5 was quite a successful camera (actually I guess it was one of their most successful models)

Henry M. Hertz

well if you speak about the enthusiasts… who will even buy a second lens for their m43 system… you are right. 🙂

problem is most customers out there don´t care.
they either want a DSLR (means big sensor to them) or a very small camera (easy to carry in a pocket) or they are happy with a smartphone camera.

the OM-D EM1 is neither…..

this 1300$ m43 camera is only attractive to a small percentage of customers.

yes IQ is better then smartphones.. question is.. how many customers bother?
MY SMARTPHONE CAMERA IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME… that is the problem oly has to face. the overall decline in camera sales.

and as you sure noticed the high end mirrorless camera market is getting very crowded. im not sure oly will have such a big piece of it.

successfull means making a profit. olympus does not make a profit with the camera division.

shareholders would sure prefer to see olympus making a profit.
and that puts the camera divison into danger.


If the EM-1 was the only camera in the system, you’d make some sense, but you’re saying, sure, the people the camera was designed for (enthusiasts, and Pros who don’t want to use larger cameras anymore) will use them, but the ones who want a smaller camera, the EM1 won’t work.

Of course it won’t, that’s why we have the EPM, EPL, GX, and GF series. All of those cameras are far more compact, and many like the small size, while still beating the compact cameras and cell phone cameras in quality and options.


The E5 now has instant classic status with this announcement. Too bad they can’t drop the internals of the EM1 into a refreshed E5 body so users have an even larger more spacious camera with an optical viewfinder alternative and of course, the improved sensor and real PDAF.

It’s a cool camera, but I think a real E5 successor with this sensor would still win over 4/3 shooters more than Oly may think.



Sometimes it’s just better to march on forward and not look back. Olympus might just be better off without the weight of 4/3.

Henry M. Hertz

honestly i don´t see a reason for this.
don´t get me wrong i had the E-PL1 and just bought a cheap used E-PL3 last week.
when i buy a mirrorless i do it because i want a SMALL camera, as small as possible.

i think this is a nice camera with great features.

but… this is not so much smaller then a DSLR.
sure it is smaller… but not much more comfortable to carry.
at least i would not care.

and they can talk about how great EVF are as long as they want… i have yet to see one that impresses me. in 3-4 generations maybe.

if i would start to build me a new system, i would pay 200$ more and buy a 6D or D600.
and have the biggest systems i could wish for.

and as much as m43 fans will hate me for what i said above, the majority of customers seems to think the same.
m43 sales are not that good and oly and pana are in trouble.

i guess it´s another good camera from oly that will fail to make a real profit for the company.

Andy Crowe

There are some advantages as with m4/3 you can have both a bulky “work” camera and a smaller carry round camera that share the same lenses and accessories.

Of course I suspect this camera is more aimed at people who already have 4/3rds lenses than people getting their first camera.

Henry M. Hertz

as canon user i could buy the M system or the small 100D as carry around camera and use all EF lenses.
as i said i don´t see much of a difference.

there is no question that this olympus camera is better then both canons featurewise. but that would not make me shell out 1300$ for a m43 camera.

sure the 35mm lenses are usually bigger and weight more.
but i also have way more choices.

for me m43 (or say a smaller sensor camera) only makes sense when it is MUCH smaller.
i don´t care much about weight… size is the important factor for me.


i also have the epl and i like his compactness. but it seems that someone really needs the viewfinder, so olympus is simply trying to stay on the market.
hope they invest even on the smaller cameras


This is my absolute dream camera. Combined with some SHG glass as well as some weather proofed compact zoom lenses, and nice primes too for traveling light.

Yes, I know, I know, I have been an Oly fanboy since my 80’s youth. I admit this!

But seriously though, I am going out to buy a couple of lotto tickets first thing tomorrow … please wish me some pure dumb luck! 😛


Was it only a few months ago that Olympus was saying they wouldn’t be forgetting their loyal 4/3rds followers? Well, they haven’t, unless you honestly believe that an EVF is a legitimate substitute for an optical slr viewfinder and with, hopefully, full compatibility for older 4/3rds lenses. The obvious problem here is no new lens designs for 4/3rds users who will be forced to move over to ILC to benefit. Does this new model herald the end of the road for 4/3rds slrs?

Despite this slight gloom, I do believe it is uneconomic for Olympus to run two production lines for 4/3 and M4/3, and given that 4/3 never fully delivered on its promise and M4/3 is producing better IQ anyway, it seems a brave move for Olympus to finally concede the lack of viability and cost effectiveness in continuing with 4/3 which would be competing against more advanced APS-C contenders. To continue would only be money down the drain and which Olympus can little afford at present.


Other positive aspect – since grip is already there, hasselblad cannot touch it!


Well… if this had been a Sony, you’d probably still get a version with a near-extinct exotic hardwood grip and a snow leopard half-case for only a small premium of $3,000 more.

ABM Barry

I have an OMD 5, I have had it about a year now, … It is superb!

I bought it to take to places like Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam where my Nikon gear stands out just a tad too much. I bought the Silver traditional look, again less conspicuous.

Upon return I naturally gravitated to the Nikon with it’s associated fast glass.
I then bought the Novex Nikon to m43 adapter. A new system was borne for me. I often use the Nikkor 60mm f2.8 macro and the 80 – 400mm on the OM-D. This camera has become a very serious & capable tool. (way beyond my expectations!)

The EM-1 has a Flash sync, .. Fantastic! Now it is in the pro class when it comes to functionality.
The on/off switch now moved to the top plate; much better.

Linholf “L” System, 4″ x 5″, ELM 500, Art Panorama, RB67, .. Now the OM-D has earned it’s own space in my kit.

I would not have believed it possible 5 years ago!

I’m looking forward to shooting with the new EM-1
Barry M Australia


should be careful not to build a system around the m4/3″ mount. a “dumb still cute video” camera with a couple of lenses that are not too overly priced sounds good.


there is no E-5 in it. there should not.
some don’t know how bad the SLR 4/3″ is as a system. really bad.
Olympus know it, only they didn’t have the encurage to correct error.

Panasonic offered them a better system, where Olympus is doing well.
it’s against everyone’s interest to go back to the dark days.

Andy Crowe

> some don’t know how bad the SLR 4/3″ is as a system. really bad.

Olympus released some very well regarded lenses for 4/3 (like the 12-60mm and 14-35mm), the main mistake they made with the system IMHO was they concentrated on the pro market (with lots of expensive premium lenses) without sensors that could compete, and it’s only really recently that 4/3rds sensors have become on-par with APS.


And it’s only one sensor that competes with APS. Still the best m4/3 sensor can’t rival the best APS-C sensor, and never will. At least in terms of sheer performance. I’m evaluating an EP5 right now and I’m not all that impressed. Banding at higher ISO’s isn’t a good thing at all.


Banding with Pana 20mm?


Αnother M43 gem…


Nice job Oly. This is how Canon should be innovating.


the dual-pixel AF is a great invention of our times. only Canon is stuck in an old architecture for some reason we cannot understand. they should be able to do it but they chose not.

maybe they are playing Nintendo to make good money with cheap components (I do think Nintendo is attractive with some tricks).


Not a Canon user, but that is such rubbish. Canon has forgotten more camera and lens designs than most companies.

You don’t get to the top by not innovating.


They have innovated. In 1987.


> They have innovated. In 1987.

They innovated when the created the 5D Mk II, the camera that started the whole HDSLR video revolution. They innovated when they created the EOS Cinema cameras. When they created the 200-400 f4 IS L with the built-in TC. When they created the 70D dual AF system. They innovated with they created one of the two most complete SLR systems in the world.

Not a Canon fan, but it’s time for reality check.

What’s so innovative about the E-M1? It’s basically a larger, pricier EM-5 with a grip.


I guess slowly but surely the end of the mirror box is coming. Dont get me wrong – i love my Canon 1DX, but i can’t imagine SLRs getting better than that (FPS, AF sensor coverage, etc.). What do you think?

Andy Crowe

In theory you could have all this in an SLR’s live view mode, although you wouldn’t get the generously sized EVF with it tho (whether that’s an advantage or disadvantage is down to personal preference 🙂


Putting a little lipstick on an EM-5 and calling it the EM-1 is definitely not going to hasten the demise of ANY camera type, let alone the most popular that has ever existed.

Mirrorless vendors need to figure out how to actually sell cameras first.


Ok – I want one…


I can’t understand why they don’t use a side-hinging monitor. It offers many more angles than a vertically hinging monitor (and no, i don’t think of self-portraits). Some time ago, Panasonic and Olympus used side-hinging monitors, as they are best for composing a frame comfortably. I don’t know, why both companies switched to vertically swinging ones. Only Canon, it seems, prefers side-hinging today.

Andy Westlake

The main reason for using the tilt-only monitor, according to Olympus, is size – it allows a smaller, slimmer body. Panasonic offers fully-articulated LCDs on Micro Four Thirds SLR-style bodes, and they tend to be bigger than the OM-Ds. Even so, whether this is the best choice for the E-M1’s target user is open to discussion.


I’d prefer this one over more flexible side-hinging for most of time I only want to tilt it up and it’s by far more efficient this way (would personally prefer a bottom-hinged one).


fresh news. Who could have suspected?


I like it, but … 30 fps. Seriously? Olympus have been stuck on 30 fps since day one. What a wasted opportunity!


AE Bracketing ±2 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Wouldn’t that make it ±3?


I counted it off on my fingers and you could be right. It would be the minimum to get a usable series for an HDR. Often the AE differences for HDRs are not strong enough.

Andy Westlake

This being Olympus, AE bracketing and HDR bracketing are different modes, with HDR offering larger intervals. You can read about this in our E-P5 preview.

Richard Murdey

Some happy Olympus fans today I bet.


As an engineer that likes to tinker with things, they added almost everything that I would have wished for.
In sensor phase detect for old 4/3rds lenses.
GPS image tagging – through cell phone, which gets around the GPS battery hog problem by using the phone’s battery.
Remote control with image preview on a cell phone.
Automated multi-shot HDR built in.
One other wish that I’ve has for a while is open source firmware, but they put together such a well rounded product that I have almost run out of ideas for firmware modifications. Pretty much the only idea I have left is automated focus stacked macro.
The lens looks nice, too. 12-60 would have been nice but after you factor in the laws of physics, this was probably the better compromise.
This looks like the uncompromised upgrade to my E-510 that I have been waiting for.
The price, well, if you compare the feature set to what else is on the marked, it is technically a good deal, but not one I can afford to jump on at this time.


I love the idea of focus stacked macros!


“The price, well, if you compare the feature set to what else is on the marked, it is technically a good deal,”

OK, compare it to 70D for $200 cheaper. D7100 for at least $250 cheaper. GH3 for $300 cheaper. A77 for $600 cheaper (or with 16-50/2.8 for just $100 more).

Oly has definitely overpriced this one.

Sergey Borachev

Olympus made good on what they promised about 18 months ago, i.e. the OM-D being “The Beginning of The New”.

This is the second OM-D model and another breakthrough, and this is significant, merging the pro grade 43 into M43 and adding all those high grade 43 lenses to the great lens system for M43. The new features are significant for those who need to get the very best in a mirrorless. Bravo!

All it needs to do is ensure there are no QC issues.

Mike Ronesia

While it looks like a great step up and I think it will be a winner, I was disappointed to read that the PDAF is not comparable to a SLR in regards to focus speed and accuracy. Until someone figures out how to close this gap mirrorless will always play second fiddle.

It looks like a great camera and has a lot of wonderful features like one touch WB and 5 axis IBIS. I might get one, but my excitement was deflated when I read about how the PDAF preforms.



I think it’s worth clarifying that with native lenses, mirrorless still photography is very competitive with DSLR for focus speed. The weaknesses are in continuous AF and also legacy lenses.

Mike Ronesia

Yes, of course. We’re talking about sports and fast moving subjects. In other aspects it is just as fast and accurate or even more so. My point is, they will always go there to differentiate the different designs and I’d like to see them, someone, anyone figure it out.


I guess this means it’s the end of the road for legacy 4/3 bodies…

Shawn Barnett

Yes, I think that is the message.


a good decision made long time ago.


Wow, all awesome except for one thing, they kept that woeful battery from the E-M5. Why is it that I can 3x the battery life from my 5D III battery yet is is maybe 50% larger.

Anyhow, looks like I’ll be upgrading form the E-M5 in the next 12 months. New 12-40 f/2.8 looks good and I only recently bought the 12-35 f/2.8 from Panasonic, not that’s there’s anything worng with it, but I’d have preferred the longer range. Looks like I’ll get the 40-150 f/2.8 however and with my 45 f/1.8 that’ll be all the three lenses I need.


Live view is always going to use more battery, but I agree it should have improved on the em5, which is not even good by mirrorless standards. 5-axis IBIS and wifi would play a part too.


E-M1 is much larger than E-M5 and had room for bigger battery. Should have at least aimed for 500 shots, which would see you through a typical day’s shoot easily.


If you do a lot of sequential shooting, like for sports or bracketing, E-M5 with its single battery is actually good for more than 1000 shots from my experience – not 350 it is rated for. With 16mpix, no mirror to move around and light focusing groups of its lenses, each shot does not consume a lot of power off the battery. But live view does consume power, both with rear OLED screen and LCD viewfinder.


That last paragraph should be E-M1.

Jeff Keller

Fixed, thx.


Chunkey and expensive.

Dave Luttmann

Chunky? Are you serious?

Mark Alan Thomas

No, he said “Chunkey”. It’s a euphemism for “troll”.


SLR form factor is inevitable for that’s the best we know at the moment, even for a mirrorless mount (the NEX style is also good in general).

expensive may be a good or bad thing depending on who you are, seller or buyer.

Henry M. Hertz

it´s a nice camera.. no question.
but why carring this over a real DSLR?

i can get a FF camera theses days for a few dollar more.



Right. And not much bigger. That’s my point.

I don’t doubt Oly’s ability to make a knock-out camera. I almost bit on the E-M5 for my go-everywhere kit.

Chaitanya S

Only thing Olympus and Panasonic should do now is slow down the release of new cameras.


They seem to be getting the idea now, plus I think the rate of mirrorless tech development is slowing down (slightly). The higher quality cameras tend to operate on slower release cycles (OM-D, NEX-7, GH3) whereas the cheaper ones seem to come out every five minutes.


Alas some hope of cheaper omd5’s on ebay 🙂


Good luck!


Oly hits another home run with this baby. My 43 and m43 lenses are ecstatic. The price is right for this Pro model.

Henry M. Hertz

yeah well now they only have to make a profit…..


A better EVF is a good thing. I wasn’t too impressed with the OMD viewfinder.

The price is a bit of a downer though. Would prefer to go with a 6D or a D600 if I was starting a camera system from scratch.

Henry M. Hertz


Halogram One

The naming sucks…


I agree.


One beautiful system

Mirrorless Crusader

Your move CANIKON!

new boyz

What, m43? Nah, said Nikon.


They made their move years ago and that’s why they totally outsell Olympus by about 100:1. Olympus gave up on DSLR as they could not compete, but now they face Sony, Samsung, Fuji and Panasonic in mirrorless. No easy road even if this is a great camera, as it’s serious mid-range DSLR money.


Your move for what? Hideous electric viewfinders, tiny sensors and overpriced lenses? I’m sure all Nikon users said No thanks!


I’d prefer to have high performance mirrorless but the reality at the moment is that 35mm format SLR is by far the most capable and most cost-effective system.

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