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A semi-professional DSLR camera, and is inspired by its forerunner, the E-M5.

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Very sturdy body that is weather resistant

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Color Creator is very advanced for in-camera editing functions

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Very bright electronic viewfinder

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Decent range of available lenses

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High degree of control customization

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Closely approximates a semi-pro DSLR but has smaller form factor

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Somewhat steep learning curve for user interface and controls

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Video quality is not great for this price point

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Olympus' OM-D E-M1 is a semi-professional DSLR camera, and is inspired by its forerunner, the E-M5. The main upgrades here are in the form of a more advanced autofocus system and a more expansive button layout system that makes many features more accessible. Ultimately this provides more fluid shooting control than the E-M5. One of the most significant features of this model is the viewfinder, which has an extremely high resolution and 1.48x magnification on some shooting modes, which allows for greater versatility when framing shots. 

This camera is housed in a full-magnesium body and offers onboard image stabilization. The rear panel houses an LCD screen which is on an articulated arm. Note that this camera uses the Micro Four Thirds lens mount system, which is more compact than standard. Purchasers should investigate lens compatibility when considering this model.

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Features and Specifications

  • 16 MP Four-Thirds format sensor
  • On-sensor phase detection elements
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • Articulated LCD display
  • Automatic switching between Contrast Detection AF or Phase Detection AF
  • 37 separate Autofocus areas
  • 2.36M-dot resolution viewfinder with 1.48x magnification
  • Color Creator mode
  • Twin control dials
  • Improved button layout over E-M1
  • Built-in WiFi
  • 1/8000 max shutter speed
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5-Axis Image Stabilization System

The OM-D E-M1 uses 5-Axis image stabilization system with IS-Auto. 5-Axis IS compensates for vertical, horizontal, and rotational camera shake that conventional 2-axis systems could not. The IS-Auto mode detects both vertical and horizontal panning and automatically deactivates image stabilization on the panning axis, which allows shots of laterally-moving subjects.

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Color Creator

Olympus' Color Creator feature is a new addition, and it allows users to adjust Hue and Chroma right in the EVF and preview the effect in real time. Two types of HDR shooting allows image capture with 12EV wide-range bracketing shooting. There are also in-camera art filters than can apply effects automatically, and these can also be applied to videos.

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Built-In Wireless

Integrated Wi-Fi means users can operate remote functions and transfer images without an adapter. Other features like geotagging, adding QR codes, and camera sharing are also possible because of this.

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