USED: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera:
The new OM-D E-M1 camera promises incredible focusing speed with both phase and contrast detection available. With a revolutionary new design for mirrorless cameras this new camera makes the gap between small "travel-friendly" cameras and large high quality dSLR cameras even smaller. Able to compete against some of the top of the line dSLR in terms of function, speed and quality the new OM-D E-M1 is blazing the way for mirrorless cameras.
- High Speed AF - Phase & Contrast Detection with improved continuous autofocus
- 16MP Live MOS Sensor
- 81 Contrast Detection Focus Points & 37 Phase Detection Focus Points
- Able to shoot up to 1/8000th Shutter for high speed shooting
- Up to 10 frames per second high speed shooting
- Includes timer and interval timer for multiple shots
- Micro-Four Thirds Lens Mount (accepts any four-thirds lens with adapter)
- Magnesium Alloy Body with improved weather sealing - freeze proof
- Highly improved large electronic viewfinder - see the action as your eye would
- 3.0" Tiltable LCD Touch Screen Monitor
- 5-Axis Image Stablization
- ISO 200-25600 with optional ISO LOW in Manual Mode = ISO 10
OM-D EM-1 Focus Speed:
One of the biggest differences in mirrorless vs. dSLR cameras is the autofocus system. dSLR's use a phase detection system whereas compact and mirrorless cameras focus using contrast detection. The E-M1 offers both, the first mirrorless camera to offer phase detection focusing.
Phase Detection is available when using 4/3rds lens with adapter or with Micro 4/3rd lens in Continuous AF mode.
This should really improve the continuous autofocus capability of the E-M1 over previous models, something that has always been fairly slow and unreliable in Mirrorless cameras. The C-AF will utilize both contrast and phase detection focus when using a micro 4/3rds lens, allowing up to 6.5 frames per second on burst mode with continuous focus. Autofocus vs. the E-M5 in low light is significantly faster based on tests from Olympus.
OM-D EM-1 Image Quality:
The E-M1 uses a new 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor with the True Pix VII image processor for excellent image quality. Here are some of the new features this camera offers:
- Low Pass and anti-aliasing filters removed from the sensor, which should allow for sharper images, meaning improving image quality.
- Chromatic aberration removal based on the attached lens is included.
- The new sensor is designed to provide optimal resolution across a range of apertures.
The OM-D EM-1 Body:
The EM1 keeps the small size of popular mirrorless cameras. It is slightly taller and longer than the EM5 and the most noticeable difference is the built-in grip, which makes the camera body noticeably thicker. Important features of the new E-M1 body include:
- Magnesium Alloy body
- The E-M1 leans more towards the look and styling of dSLR cameras with a larger built in grip and multiple dial control.
- 2 x 2 dial control, just like the E-M5 but with a new feature. A selection lever allows for quick and easy control of multiple functions. With just the switch of the lever you can switch from standard control of aperture / shutter speed to the two dials controlling white balance and ISO. (Hopefully housing manufacturers will build in control for that lever!)
- Mode Dial Lock. Olympus has built in a mode dial lock with the E-M1, something common to dSLR cameras. This lock is made so that multiple finger control is not required, simply push down and the button remains locked, pushed again and the lock is disengaged.
- The camera body is significantly weather proofed and designed to be freeze proof, offering full functionality down to -10 degrees Celsius.