Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds Camera Announced, Price, Specs

Olympus has announced the new OM-D E-M1 micro four thirds interchangeable lens camera. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is now the flagship of the company’s current Micro 4/3s lineup.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless Micro Four Thirds digital camera is a compact, ergonomically design camera featuring a 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor. The OM-D E-M1 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.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p video with notable low-light quality and high-speed performance. Other interesting features include the OM-D 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.


Olympus OM-D E-M1 MFT Camera Price

Olympus OM-D E-M1 micro four thirds camera body only price is $1,399.00. The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 is available to buy from the camera stores below. The OM-D E-M1 starts shipping from October 14, 2013. Where to buy Olympus OM-D E-M1 micro four thirds camera.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 MFT Camera Features

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds Camera fills a void left when Olympus quietly shifted its pro and enthusiast camera focus from DSLRs to MILCs. Designed with high-end enthusiasts and professionals in mind, the ruggedly built Olympus OM-D E-M1 shares Olympus’s classic compact OM SLR design elements, adding a more robust feature set including features (some borrowed from the pro-level E-5) and more rugged build than its mid-range sibling, the widely acclaimed Olympus OM-D EM-5.

Designed for Knowledgeable Photographers

The Olympus OM-D EM-1 is rich with features, and is highly customizable. In the hands of a beginner-intermediate photographer it will deliver outstanding results and ease of use via its flip-out touch screen operation, multiple art/scene filters, and iAuto modes, but its strengths will be most appreciated by experienced shooters. It will be of special interest to those understand the utility of multiple, at-your-fingertips HDR settings, custom function assignments to particular buttons, multiple RAW and JPEG image capture options, and lightening-fast autofocus.

In the Hands

Grasp the Olympus OM-D EM-1 and you’ll immediately notice its substantial grip and build. The OM-D EM-1 has a multitude of buttons and controls. The drive /HDR button, located on the left side of the top plate, provides quick access to burst rates and seven flavors of HDR exposure bracketing, including a setting that shoots up to 7 frames with a 2 EV spread or 5 frames with a 3 EV spread.

The bulk of navigation is done via thumb and forefinger dials atop the camera that are within easy reach. There’s a PASM dial that also includes access to iAuto mode, Art filters (12 total, along with an “art Bracket” setting that automatically creates 12 different images with each filter applied) and 24 Scene settings, as well as multi-image montage templates and movie mode.

The flip-out LCD monitor offers touch focus (touch the part of the picture you want in focus and it immediately snaps into focus), touch shutter release, etc. I found the LCD monitor to be bright and usable in sunlight. I also give high marks to the eye-level EVF, which projected excellent image quality with barely any “jaggies” when moving the camera.

The OM-D EM-1′s convenient articulated LCD monitor lets you place the camera on the ground and compose from a comfortable position.

Favorite Features

Such a feature-packed camera has a mile-long list of capabilities; here are a few favorites that are relatively new for this class of camera, or new to Olympus.

In-camera image editing

Whether you’re shooting JPEG or RAW, the OM-D EM-1 offers several post-processing options, including shadow adjustment, redeye fix, crop, changing the aspect ratio, converting to sepia or black-and-white, adjusting color saturation, or changing resolution. If you shoot RAW, you can apply any number of Art filters after the fact and the camera will generate filtered JPEG images.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 MFT Camera Specifications

Camera Type Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera
Memory SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I, compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible )
Screen size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, MPO compatible
MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI(Motion JPEG)
Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)
Recording image size [RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels
[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels – 640 x 480 pixels
Type Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 5-axis image stabilization)
Mode 4 modes (S-I.S.AUTO,S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF
Focal length setting Yes
Lens IS Mode Yes
Available manual focal length setting Input focal length: 8, 10, 12, 15,16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Shutter speed range 60 – 1/8000 sec
Finder type Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 2.36M-dot
Eye point / Diopter adjustment range Approx. 21mm (-1m-1, Distance from rear lens surface) / -4 – +2m-1
Preview Available with Live Preview function button
Level Gauge 2-axis level gauge; horizontal /vertical
Finder Style Selectable from 3 types
Eyecup Optional eyecup EP-13 is available.
Live view Approx. 100% field of view, Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview, Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces), Grid line, Histogram, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14) Off
Field of view Approx. 100%
Magnification Ratio x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14
Display of Face Detection Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
Monitor type 3″ Tilting wide monitor
Touch control Touch shutter release, Touch enlargement, Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame advance/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel, Touch Art Filter menu
Tilting angle Upward tilting angle: up to 80 degrees / Downward tilting angle: up to 50 degrees
Brightness / Color temperature control ±7 levels / ±7 levels
AF system High-speed imager AF (Contrast detection / Phase-difference detection)
Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
Full-time AF Yes
Magnified frame AF Selectable from over 800 AF points Enlarged view check by magnify button (available with old lenses) Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable
Face detection AF / Eye detection AF Yes / Yes
Eye Detection AF mode: Off / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority
Focusing point 81-area multiple AF (Contrast detection AF),37-area multiple AF (Phase-difference detection AF)
Focusing point selection mode All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target(Standard Target Size/Small Target Size)
AF illuminator Yes
Metering system (TTL Image sensor) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control
Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure mode i Auto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro
Scene select AE 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 Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., 3D still only
ISO sensitivity AUTO ISO L – 1600(Default), upper limit customize available 200 – 25600
Manual ISO L, 200 – 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
Exposure compensation ±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1/Rec button)
Metering standard value adjustment 1/6 EV step, +/- 1EV range
Shutter type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4000 – 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable)
Bulb/Time: default setting 8min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)
Flash intensity control method TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, super FP (FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)
Built-in flash No
Bundled flash TTL flash, GN=7(ISO100.m) / GN=10 (ISO200.m)
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
Color Temperature 5500±400deg.K
External Flash control mode TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Sequential shooting maximum speed [Sequential shooting H mode] 10.0 fps(TBD) in case of “I.S. Off”
[Sequential shooting L mode] 6.5 fps(TBD) in case of “I.S. OFF”
Exposure bracketing 2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable
White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis
Flash bracketing 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
Art Filter bracketing i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable
Bracketing for HDR postprocess 3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 2.0EV steps selectable
Mode (Variation / Effect) Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e)
Soft Focus ( – / c.e)
Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d)
Light Tone ( – / d)
Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.f.g)
Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.)
Diorama ( – / d.)
Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.)
Gentle Sepia ( – / a.b.c.d.)
Dramatic Tone (I / b.c.d.e) (II / b.c.d.e.f.g)
Key Line (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
WaterColor (I, II / a.c.d.)
Art Effect a. Soft Focus Effect
b. Pin-Hole Effect
c. White Edge Effect
d. Frame Effect
e. Star Light Effect
f. B&W Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
g. Pict. Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green)
Maximum Recording Time [MOV]
Full HD: Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine)
HD: Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)
HD: Approx. 7min / SD: Approx. 14min
Except for some of the Art Filters
Picture with Sound: 30sec.
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
Movie Function Movie Effect: One shot echo / Multi echo / Art fade
Art Filter Movie, Aperture priority Movie, Shutter Priority Movie, Manual Shooting Movie
Exposure control (Movie) P: Program AE, A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter speed priority AE, M: Manual, Art Filter
Microphone/Speaker Stereo/Mono
Microphone function Wind Noise Reduction, Recording Volume
Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)
Aspect Ratio 4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4
Process RAW: Aspect ratio is recorded as Exif data, JPEG: JPEG image is produced based on the aspect ratio
Detection 2-axis
Magnification x2
GPS function Available (by using Smartphone GPS data)
Wireless shooting function Live View, Rec view, Wireless touch AF shutter, Power off
Self-Timer setting
Camera function is fixed on i-Auto
Playback mode Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x – 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow (with BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
Slideshow: Still/Movie/Still+Movie, When a camera is connected to HDTV with HDMI cable, 2 new slideshow effect can be selectable.(Still) 1 BGM replaceable. Auto angle correction
Information display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF
Battery BLN-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Number of recordable pictures Approx. 330 shots(TBD) [IS ON, CIPA test standard] (with BLN-1 and TOSHIBA super high-speed Class 6 SDHC 4GB card)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.8 x 2.7 x 1.5″/ 12.19 x 6.85 x 3.81cm
Weight 430 g / 15.16 oz

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